VALA2018 Session 3 Edmonds

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It takes a village: creating communities of digital volunteers

Tuesday 13 February 2018, 11:25 – 11:55

Elise Edmonds

State Library of New South Wales

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The State Library of New South Wales has been digitising its significant heritage collections. Several post digitisation projects are underway to make these collections searchable and re-usable. Crowdsourcing projects have been just one of the myriad approaches the Library has undertaken to improve access to these collections. Digital volunteers have transcribed large archival collections, with the resulting transcriptions able to be interrogated via search and API . Oral history recordings have been transcribed and maps geo-referenced. This paper will focus on some of the crowdsourcing platforms created by the State Library, and will discuss some of the lessons learnt when engaging with digital volunteer communities.


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