Notes from Nature is a crowdsourced science project affiliated with the Zooniverse group. This particular project invites people to make a guided transcription of specimen forms for plants, bugs and birds. The people behind Notes from Nature are aiming to turn the unstructured scans of these forms into a structured database. As with other Zooniverse projects, multiple volunteers will transcribe the same form, which increases accuracy and weeds out joke transcriptions.

The software behind this project seems like it could be a boon to libraries. Think about all of your paper or Word-based finding aids. Or index cards. Or anything else that is human readable but could be turned into machine readable data.

The Zooniverse team seems open to additional projects.

I realize I’m hardly the first to think about using crowdsourcing for library projects. I just would like to see more discussion, and ideally, some sort of easy to adopt platform for libraries to work with.

If you’ve heard of a library crowdsourcing project, would you drop me a message via ask? Or reblog this entry? Thanks

Notes From Nature – A model for special collections?

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