Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Crowdsourcing Civil War Document Transcription
The latest collection of documents added to the Crowd project is a set of roughly 35,000 documents related to the American Civil War. Anyone can participate in this project. To get started simply go to the site and select a document within the Civil War collection. Your chosen document will appear on the left side of the screen and a field for writing your transcription appears on the right side of the screen. After you have completed your transcription it is submitted for peer review.
Watch the video that I made last fall to see how the LOC Crowd project works and how your students can participate in it.
Applications for Education
Participating in the LOC's Crowd project could be a good opportunity for high school students and some middle school students to learn through primary source documents while contributing to a national project.
As is show in the video above, The Smithsonian has a similar crowdsourcing project called Smithsonian Digital Volunteers.
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