2010: The Year of Crowdsourced Transcription

4 02 2011

2010 was the year that collaborative manuscript transcription finally caught on, according to a recent blog post by Ken Brumfield.

Brumfield states that:

Probably the biggest news this year was TranscribeBentham, a project at University College London to crowdsource the transcription of Jeremy Bentham’s papers. This involved the development of Transcription Desk, a MediaWiki-based tool which is slated to be released under an open-source license. The team of volunteers had transcribed 737 pages of very difficult handwriting when I last consulted the Benthamometer. The Bentham team has done more than any other transcription tool to publicize the field — explaining their work on their blog, reaching out through the media (including articles in the Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times), and even highlighting other transcription projects on Melissa Terras’s blog.

 

I agree that Transcribe Bentham was the big digital humanities news story of 2010.

 


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