Transcription Tuesday 2018: Join the Europeana 1914-1918 team!

By Editor, 8 January 2018 - 3:41pm

Robbie Bennie, art editor of WDYTYA? Magazine, explains why he has chosen to transcribe for the First World War memorabilia project Europeana 1914-1918 on Transcription Tuesday 2018 

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Sarah Williams is editor at Who Do You Think You Are? MagazineMonday 8 January 2018
Robbie Bennie, art editor
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Europeana 1914-1918

I hope you will join me on Tuesday 23 January as I transcribe as many documents as possible for the Europeana 1914-1918 project.

Since I have been art editor for Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine, I have designed dozens of features on First World War topics and I’m delighted to have this opportunity to do something to mark the centenary which will give me an opportunity to look at some fascinating photographs and documents as well as help family historians.

The Europeana 1914-1918 project launched in 2011 with a series of roadshows where members of the public were encouraged to bring along their First World War memorabilia to be digitised and to record the stories connected to them. Along with large digital collections from a number of libraries and institutions across Europe, these now form part of a vast online repository of First World War material.

Europeana Transcribe has been set up to transcribe the records supplied by the public, from letters and diaries to photographs and notebooks, so that this invaluable material can be searched by historians and family historians in the future.

This project is great for anyone who is looking for variety or has a particular interest in First World War memorabilia. It works best if you are using Firefox or Chrome as your browser and some elements, like geotagging, can be a bit fiddly. It’s important to save as you go along.

This project may not be the easiest one to do, but there is lots of variety and it is fascinating seeing some of the First World War memorabilia that has been kept over the years. It’s also good to know that every little bit of transcribing you do will help create a rich archive for family historians in the future.

Please make sure you select the Transcription Tuesday Run (see below) and it would also help if you could register which team you are joining for the day here so that we can see which projects were most popular with readers. If you register your interest in a project with us, we will be able to send updates during the day and tips for your chosen project. Afterwards we would love to hear about your experience so please write in and share with us. We also strongly recommend that people register with the project they are interested in before the day.
 

Getting started

Step 1
Ahead of the day, go to transcribathon.com and log in or create an account if you haven’t done so already. From the home page, select ‘Transcribe’ and ‘How to Transcribe’ and make yourself familiar with the tips and special tools you will be using to transcribe. You will need to refer to this page frequently until you get confident with the tools so you may want to print it out or have it open in a separate window as you work.

Europeana Transcribe step one

Step 2
On the day itself you need to go to the ‘Transcription Tuesday Run' which can be found at https://transcribathon.com/en/runs/transcriptiontuesday. This will take you to a page of English-language documents specially chosen for the day and ready for you to transcribe.

Europeana step two

Step 3
Choose a ‘Story’ from the selection. One story may consist of a number of related items or pages that need transcribing. You can hop in and out of stories to look for an item you would like to work on. Because every item is different, it can be a slow process at first. The aim is to transcribe everything that can be recorded on the page.

Europeana step three

Step 4
If a place or address is mentioned, you need to 'geotag' it to the place concerned. This creates a 'pin' on a map enabling researchers to find documents and items connected to a particular area. Next to the document is a map. If the location has not been added already by a previous transcriber, select  'Add location'. Look for the location through the Google search. Zoom into the map to check that the pin is in the correct location (you can move the pin if necessary). Type in the location name and click 'Save location'.

Europeana step four
 

 

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