Crowdsourced OCR Correction
SIGN UP AS A DIGITAL VOLUNTEER
Many hands make light work and if have some time to spare please join our crew of digital volunteers.
The Alexander Research library has a huge historical index of people and subjects, covering the period from 1840 to 2002, Volunteers for many years have been indexing birth, marriage and death notices from our local newspapers and other sources.
The index includes families from the Whanganui, Rangitikei and South Taranaki regions including Wanganui, Waverley, Patea, Waimarino, Taihape, Hunterville, Marton and Bulls.
The challenge now is to transform this into an online resource, which is accessible to everyone.
How you can help
The cards are a mix of handwritten and typed entries, and we need people to transcribe the information so it is searchable. Each card only takes just a minute (or maybe a few if it’s a hard one). Some cards will have to be typed from scratch. Others have been ‘computer read’ imperfectly! and these need to be checked and corrected.
At this stage there are 1,000 biographical and subject cards to do – the first step towards the full project of 152,000. If you like to lend us a hand with this project please sign up and start with our OCR Correction Quick-training session
Track the progress
Each card will go through at least two corrections before a card is approved. Watch the progress in the graphs on the right.