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Smithsonian Transcription Center

Main Project Information
Presented By Smithsonian Transcription Center
Goal Make historical data more accessible for research & discovery
Task Transcribe & review handwritten documents and specimen labels
Where Online only 600 Maryland Avenue SW, Su. 400, Washington, 20024 DC 20024 None

The Smithsonian Transcription Center engages the public in making our priceless collections more accessible. We work hand-in-hand with a community of Digital Volunteers called "volunpeers" to transcribe historical documents and collection records to facilitate research and excite learning in audiences everywhere. Participants have the chance to transcribe a diverse array of collection materials drawn from Smithsonian holdings in science, history, art, and culture. Even transcribing one line is a big help!

As seen in the "Conclusion of Citizen Science" by Caren Cooper.

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Special Skills A desire to help preserve knowledge and cultural heritage.
Ideal Age Group High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families, Seniors
Ideal Frequency Every few days
Average Time Less than an hour
Spend the Time indoors
Type of Activity Exclusively online, At school, At a science center, zoo or aquarium, At night, At home, On a lunch break
Training Materials
Tags animals, archive, art, bees, biodiversity, biology, birds, botany, collection, cultural heritage, digitization, ecology & environment, field notes, handwritten, history, insects & pollinators, library, nature & outdoors, records, science, specimens, transcription
Project Updated 05/23/2018