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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

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 We work hand-in-hand with a community of Digital Volunteers called "volunpeers" to transcribe historical documents and collection records to facilitate research and excite learning in audiences everywhere.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