If you are anything like me, you would love to volunteer more, but you don’t feel you have enough time to make a commitment. Luckily, these days, anyone with a computer and internet access can easily participate in online volunteer projects.
An upcoming public program at the National Archives will look at three projects where citizen volunteers transcribe and geotag historical records online.
This kind of volunteering is sometimes referred to as “microvolunteering” or “crowdsourcing.” With a few minutes to spare anyone can help make historical records more accessible.
Are You In? Citizen Archivists, Crowdsourcing, and Open Government
May 18th, Noon
National Archives Building, McGowan Theater
This free public program will feature Darla Adams from Ancestry.com’s World Archives Project, Matt Knutzen from the New York Public Library’s “Map Warper” project, and Jessica Zelt from the US Geological Survey’s North American Bird Phenology Program.
You’ll get the nuts and bolts of each project — and possibly be inspired to get involved! You’ll see just how easy it is to transcribe and geotag historical records using innovative tools online.