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Tuesday, August 6 • 10:30am - 11:30am
905 - Crowdsourcing the First World War: Transforming Users into Collaborators, Transforming Records into Data [GOV]

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Two state archives--one with deep experience in crowdsourcing and the other without-- share successes and lessons realized from projects designed to advance large transcription projects while engaging the public with the history of World War I during the centennial. Topics include volunteer recruitment and training, coordination of online projects, and management of the resulting data. Presenters with diverse roles include a digitization manager, an agency director, and a software developer.

Steve Murray: "Send Me All the Alabamians You Can Get": Crowdsourcing the Great War in State Records
Ben W. Brumfield: Collaborations All the Way Down: Transforming Community Software through Teamwork
Sonya Coleman: Crowdsourcing Effects: Centering Users and Changing the Role of Digital Collections


Facilitators
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Steve Murray

Director, Alabama Department of Archives and History
Steve Murray is director of the Alabama Department of Archives & History. Prior to joining the agency in 2006, he was managing editor of the online Encyclopedia of Alabama. Ask him about the state's commemoration of statehood in 2019, its 200th year!

Speakers
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Sonya Coleman

Digital Engagement + Social Media Coordinator, Library of Virginia
Sonya Coleman has worked in Digital Collections at the Library of Virginia for eight years. She has a BA in Art History and Psychology from Hollins University, a certificate in Digital Materials from Rare Book School, and is pursuing her MLIS online.
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Ben W. Brumfield

Partner, FromThePage
Sara Brumfield and Ben Brumfield are partners in Brumfield Labs. Their product, FromThePage, is a collaborative transcription platform for handwritten historical documents used by libraries, archives, and museums worldwide including the Stanford University Archives and the British... Read More →


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