An international jury, consisting of Josh Greenberg, Susan Hazan, Johan Oomen, Vincent Puig and Mia Ridge have selected the five final of a longer list of crowdsourcing projects. As you can read in the jury statements (provided with each of the final five projects) each of these final projects is well worth winning the award!
Statement of the jury by Mia Ridge:
“Alongside typical crowdsourcing actions like commenting and tagging, the National Library of Australia's Trove newspaper database makes visible the issues with optical character recognition (OCR) – the errors in transcribing old typefaces and newspaper layouts that can make searches in the database inaccurate and render content meaningless – and asks the public to help improve it.
Supported by effective design that makes correcting text a satisfying interaction, the user experience is further enhanced by the immediate appearance of the corrected text on the page (alongside the editing history). This shows participants the value of their contribution by making their corrections immediately available for the benefit of other users.
One of the qualities we looked for was a close match between the crowdsourcing project and the mission of the organisation running it.
The crowdsourced functionality in Trove is closely aligned to the needs of its users, who would be correcting text from the digitised originals for their own uses. By providing a tool through which participants can share their corrections, their individual work benefits all users. Trove's excellent support for the needs of their users is rewarded by the number of corrections entered by the public, with 51 million corrections recorded at the time of writing.”
Text Correction in Trove – how to
Recent item about Trove at ABC News:
Library celebrates volunteers for their help in text correcting – note the text correctors song: http://www.nla.gov.au/pub/gateways/issues/103/story03.html
Institution: National Library of Australia
Will be presented by: videomessage from Rose Holley, manager Trove at the National Library of Australia & represented at the conference itself by Liam Wyatt, Wikimedian in Residence at the British Museum.
The other nominees for the Digital Heritage Award are:
· Digitalkoot (National Library of Finland)
· Old Weather (National Maritime Museum of the UK)
· Remember Me (United States Holocaust Memorial Museum)
· Transcribe Bentham (University College London)
Go to the newsitem about the award nomination.