GovLaunch: National Archives plans for Citizen Archivist Dashboard

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    David Reinbold

    According to this story over at Nextgov, the National Archives and Records Administration recently announced its plans to launch a Citizen Archivist Dashboard. The dashboard will allow volunteers to take existing archival material and tag, transcribe and write articles about them.

    National Archives has said the dashboard will be introduced in December of this year. It has also said the initial offering of documents available to transcribe and write about will be around 300. Documents will be categorized as green, yellow or red, as to indicate length and difficulty of the handwriting on the documents.

    NARA chief digital access strategist, Pamela Wright, added that hopeful volunteers in the project will be historians.

    “Wright hopes to draw some specialists in historical fields to the dashboard, especially for certain major projects, but expects the majority of participants will be regular citizens with an interest in archival research. To that end, she’s kept the registration process relatively simple, she said.

    There will be another function inside the dashboard for the volunteers to write articles about NARA photos and documents, Wright said. Those articles and transcribed documents can be reposted to Wikipedia.”

    What do you think of the National Archives’ plan?

    National Archives to launch Citizen Archivist Dashboard

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