This week in NDSA, Chris Bonadio gives us a quick introduction to the Smithsonian Transcription Center!
Looking for experience as a digital volunteer? Do you enjoy History? Botany? Look no further than the Smithsonian Transcription Center. The Transcription Center provides virtual hands-on experience in digital content management.
Volunteers can choose from a number of different projects, such as the The Bumblebee Project, Vernon Bailey Field Notes, the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics DASCH Project (as seen on the TV show, COSMOS), and many more. Each project involves transcribing handwritten documents into a digital, machine-readable format. Here are some general instructions provided by the Transcription center (https://transcription.si.edu/instructions).
I started working on the Bumble Project about a year ago. You can read the instructions here: https://transcription.si.edu/instructions-entomology. For more information about available projects and how to register for free, visit the website at https://transcription.si.edu. Have fun!