Wednesday, November 1, 2017

The Smithsonian needs your help (no traveling required)

Since 2013, the Smithsonian has been using digital volunteers, people like you and me, to "help us make historical documents and biodiversity data more accessible". 

It's easy to get involved. First, pick a project you want to help with. Second, read some short training documents. Third, get started by viewing digital documents/images and transcribing them and putting that text data into the system. Don't worry that you're doing it wrong, seasoned volunteers will look over your work before it becomes part of the official record. 

Current projects include transcribing notes of sea slug specimens collected in the Philippines in 1908, field journals on New Mexico wildlife circa 1902, Arctic explorers ship logs from the 1860s, POW journals in German, Japanese, and English, correspondence from art historians detailing provenance, Freedman's Bureau registers of letters from North Carolina after the Civil War, and lab notebooks of the Harvard women who studied, interpreted, and discovered game-changing discoveries in astronomy and astrophysics. The list goes on and on. 

Wouldn't it be cool to say you've volunteered with the Smithsonian? Learn more here:

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