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Organization name: New York Public Library
Key words: Crowdsourcing (ANY of these words -- matching substrings)
Division or office: Digital Humanities*
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New York Public Library (New York, NY 10018)
Benjamin Vershbow (Project Director, 01/29/2013 - present)
HK-50128-13
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Scribe: Turning Text into Structured Information through the Power of the Crowd

Further development of Scribe, an open-source, extensible software platform for crowdsourced transcription of cultural heritage collections, including tools for transcription management, quality control, and data sharing.

The New York Public Library seeks to partner with the renowned citizen science team at Zooniverse to build Scribe: an open source transcription engine geared toward flexible, structured data extraction from a wide range of humanities documents. The final deliverable would be a developer-ready, open source transcription engine with an adjustable data schema, enabling scholars and curators to easily decide on a wide range of interactions with a document, keeping technical hurdles to a minimum. Based on an initial prototype built by Zooniverse, the tool would be developed collaboratively over two years through the release of several new humanities projects from the respective teams. At the end of the project, all code would be open sourced alongside a website publishing best practices and live demos of the various out-of-the-box modes of the engine.

[Grant products]
Project fields: Interdisciplinary Studies, General
Program: Digital Humanities Implementation Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amounts: $325,000 (approved); $325,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 9/1/2013 – 8/31/2015

New York Public Library (New York, NY 10018)
Benjamin Vershbow (Project Director, 10/07/2010 - present)
HD-51301-11
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Crowdsourcing Culinary History at The New York Public Library

The development of a prototype interface for a tool that would allow scholars and interested members of the general public to contribute to transcription materials related to culinary history, using the menu collection of the New York Public Library as a testbed.

The New York Public Library (NYPL) seeks funding from NEH to build an online platform called "What's on the Menu" that will build capacity for crowdsource transcription of its unique collection of historic restaurant menus. With approximately 40,000 menus dating from the 1840s to the present, NYPL’s collection is one of the largest of its kind in the world, used by historians, novelists, food writers, and general food enthusiasts. These menus are cultural artifacts and ephemera beyond simple descriptions of food; they provide insights on matters as diverse as politics, neighborhood development, and the evolution of graphic design. The planned menus database, which will store keyword-searchable structured information like restaurant location, dish-level descriptions, and food prices, will enable researchers, authors, culinary and other historians to track ingredients, dishes, prices, fads, and food vernacular through history, opening up new possibilities for discovering who we were through what we ate.

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Project fields: Library Science
Program: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amounts: $50,000 (approved); $50,000 (awarded)
Grant period: 4/1/2011 – 12/31/2012

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