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The Library of Congress Studies the Impact of Volunteer Transcriptions
Abby Shelton writes the following for the Library of Congress’ blog The Signal:
How do people use crowdsourced transcriptions? Do they drive increased traffic and engagement to our digital collections? What kinds of activity do transcriptions of handwritten documents facilitate?
These are some of the big questions that the By the People team is asking this year. We know our volunteers are motivated by making collections accessible and useful for all. Our volunteers have completed an incredible number of transcriptions, over 580,000 of them. We have integrated over 146,000 of those back into their source collections and are continuing to add as our volunteers complete campaigns. To better understand our program’s reach and communicate to our volunteers the real-world impact of their work, we have started looking into the impact of transcriptions from a few different angles.
For more information, read the blog post.
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