Started in 2013, The Transcription Center is a website (freely accessible 24/day) connecting volunteers across the world with Smithsonian collections. This crowdsourcing project was developed as a collaborative way to digitally enable and increase public engagement with Smithsonian materials, increase access and use of our digitized content, and create pathways of learning and new knowledge between the public and Smithsonian staff. In short--the Transcription Center is a place for you (and anyone in the world) to explore materials held within the Smithsonian and play a part in making those collections more accessible. Volunteers will be able to transcribe historical documents in the Smithsonian's archives to make these documents searchable and accessible to screen readers. Service will kick off on Saturday, August 29th at 3:00pm with a greeting from the Smithsonian at this link.
Individuals will work independently on the project before meeting again for reflection on Saturday, September 5th at 3:00pm.