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About the Project

What is the purpose of this project?
With Transcribe, we are hoping to create a place where we can enlist the help of British Columbians (or people around the world, for that matter) in digitizing valuable historical records. By transcribing letters, diaries, journals and other written material from the past, we can create searchable databases, which in turn make these documents much more accessible to everyone. Our first community transcription project is diaries and letters from the First World War, written by British Columbians.

How did this project come to be? Why is it important?
Transcribing these written materials transforms them into searchable documents, making it easier for everyone to access them. This means that more people can learn about the past through the eyes of the British Columbians who lived at that time.

How can I participate? 
Anyone can participate! Simply choose a collection and start transcribing. For more details on best practices, check out our transcription tips. 

Do you plan on having more projects like this?
We are hoping to use Transcribe as a hub for future community transcription projects. Who knows what the future may hold; be sure to stay tuned for updates. 

What technology powers the site?
Transcribe uses open-source technology and code from George Mason University's Center for History and New Media, specifically a build modified by the University of Iowa’s DIY History site. The setup uses Omeka for content management and the Scripto plugin for transcribing.

*Please note that archival source materials are original historical documents that have not been censored, reviewed or otherwise altered by the Royal BC Museum. Some materials may contain content that is racist, sexist or otherwise offensive. The Royal BC Museum is only the custodian of archival materials; the content does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Royal BC Museum.


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