GovLaunch: National Archives Starts Crowdsourcing Program for Historical Documents

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    Patrick Fiorenza
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    In an effort to make historical documents more searchable, Federal Computer Week reports that the National Archives and Records Administration has begun a new project to invite the public to tag historical documents.

    Federal Computer Week reported:

    “Volunteers could tag an electronic copy of a letter or handwritten petition to Congress by inserting searchable keywords, or tags, into the document, that correspond with words in the document. The tags could include names of individuals such as “George Washington,” location names such as “Maryland” or “Mount Vernon,” organizations such as “Congress,” dates, events, laws and many other keywords.”

    NARA has already had success, in the first month alone they have seen citizens tag over 1,000 documents. In order to add tags to historical documents, you must be logged in and NARA staff will review the tag for accuracy. If you would like some more information on how to tag documents, check out the National Archives tagging policy.

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    Lori Winterfeldt
    Participant

    Anyone know of other agencies engaged in this?

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