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University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN 55455-2009)
Evan Roberts (Project Director: March 2020 to present)
Samantha Blickhan (Co Project Director: May 2020 to August 2023)
Benjamin Wiggins (Co Project Director: May 2020 to August 2023)
Building capable communities for crowdsourced transcription

An institute to help cultural organizations plan, develop, and launch crowdsourcing projects focused on engaging communities with their collections.

Converting printed texts into digital formats is now straightforward, enabling humanities scholars to mine the world's cultural heritage. But many crucial sources exist only in manuscript form and are difficult to integrate into the future of the digital humanities. If we can convert handwriting into machine-readable text we can connect the past and present of the humanities. People can often decipher unfamiliar handwriting, and improvements in software and public engagement have made crowdsourced transcription effective. But getting it all right—design, engagement, and accuracy—remains tricky. The University of Minnesota, Adler Planetarium, and Zooniverse, as leaders in developing crowdsourcing transcription platforms, will convene an Institute developing a cohort of leaders who develop crowdsourced transcription projects. The Institute will take a cohort through the process together, led by a team with successful experience in crowdsourced transcription and teaching.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities

Digital Humanities

$249,856 (approved)
$249,056 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2020 – 8/31/2023