Wednesday, September 21, 2011

More on participatory archives

Last month I mentioned an exciting Society of American Archivists conference panel on participatory archives. For our many readers who are not archivists themselves, or are unfamiliar with the idea of participatory archives, here are some really fun examples:

Help New York Public Library transcribe its menu collection! I love this project, not just because it deals with food, but because it's very easy to dip in and out when you have a moment to pitch in.

At, you can help weather researchers predict future weather patterns by transcribing WWI-era ship's logs. They're 85% complete!

Africa through a Lens
is a project from the U.K.'s National Archives. They've posted over a century's worth of ethnographic and geographic photographs of Africa on Flickr, and invited the public to help with identifications - A great outreach project, as well as a nice example of using a low/no-cost platform for a digital project.

Of course, this gets me thinking about the potential for a participatory project here in HC&A. The possibilities are endless!

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