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Collaborative Digitization meeting and presentations at 2014 ALA Annual

Saturday, June 28, 2014
4:30 pm to 5:30 pm, US/Pacific

Please join the ASCLA/ICAN Collaborative Digitization Interest Group for our session at ALA Annual in Las Vegas.

We will meet Saturday, June 28, 4:30-5:30 PM at CAP-Octavius 14

 The meeting will feature the following:

 Crowdsourcing, Family History, and Long Tails for Libraries

In all of its many flavors, crowdsourcing works.  It works for cultural heritage organizations too.  During this presentation we look at various aspects of crowdsourced OCR text correction, commenting, and tagging for digitized historical newspapers at the National Library of Australia’s Trove,  the California Digital Newspaper Collection (CDNC), and at the Cambridge Public Library in Cambridge Massachusetts as well as the astounding number of historical birth, death, marriage, census, and other records transcribed by “crowd” volunteers at Family Search. Some aspects include: demographics, experiences, motivation, quality, preferred data, economics and marketing.  You will see that crowd sourcing is not only feasible but also practical and desirable.  You will wonder why your own cultural heritage organization hasn't begun its own crowdsourcing project!

Speaker:  Frederick Zarndt has worked with historic and contemporary newspaper, journal, magazine, book, and records digitisation since computer speeds, software, technology, storage, and costs first made it practical.   Frederick is current secretary and former chair of the IFLA Newspapers Section.  He’s the administrative chair of the ALTO XML Editorial Board and a member of the METS Editorial Board. Frederick has 25+ years of experience in software development and is a member of ACM and IEEE and a Certified Software Development Professional (CSDP).  

Crowdsourced Manuscript Transcription

This talk will be a "how-to" for libraries exploring options for crowdsourced manuscript transcription projects.  We'll discuss the differences between OCR correction and manuscript transcription, locating and motivating volunteers, and selection factors for transcription tools.

Speaker:  Ben Brumfield is an independent software developer in Austin, Texas. In 2005, he began developing one of the first web-based manuscript transcription systems.  Released as the open-source tool FromThePage, it has since been used by libraries, museums, and universities to transcribe literary drafts, military diaries, herpetology field notes, and punk rock fanzines.  Ben has been covering crowdsourced transcription technologies on his blog since 2007.

New Chair: Following the presentations and discussion, the Interest Group will elect a new chair. Interested parties may contact the current chair, Laurie Gemmill Arp, at laurie.arp@lyrasis.org by Friday, June 20, 2014.


Can't wait to see you all in Las Vegas!

Laurie Gemmill Arp

LYRASIS Assistant Director for Digital and Preservation Services