Transcribe Bentham (University College London)

Hacking the past: an archives game jam

Transcribe Bentham (University College London)
The National Archives (UK)

The National Archives (UK) and the Bentham Project at University College London are coming together to create a free game jam, focusing on games with a purpose (GWAPs) on 23 and 24 February 2019.

These organisations have experience of crowdsourcing the transcription of historical documents with the assistance of interested volunteers. They also have been experimenting with the use of Handwritten Text Recognition software to automate the transcription of documents. However, the transcription of historical material can still be a time-consuming and complex task.

The challenge for this Hackathon is to create imaginative and engaging games that encourage and help people to transcribe documents efficiently. This will be done based on digital images from a diverse range of historical collections at both The National Archives and University College London. The transcriptions will open up access to historical material and make them discoverable for anyone interested in historical research.

The event will include:

  • Interesting talks about the documents from archivists and historians
  • Briefing on the tasks ahead
  • A chance to learn and develop exciting new digital skills
  • A showcase of all the work produced over the weekend
  • A lot of hacking time
  • And of course, pizza!

Find out more and register to attend via Eventbrite.

Call for reviewers – Records in Context

The Expert Group on Archival Description (EGAD) of the International Council on Archives (ICA) is working on the development of the Records in Contexts Ontology (RiC-O), which will be the second part of the RiC standard.

The ontology has reached some quite consistent state; a former version of it, dated February 2018, has been used for a French archival Linked Data prototype. In France, some larger projects are now beginning to use RiC-O as one of the main reference models for creating RDF datasets from some existing archival metadata.

At this stage, the ontology is ready to be tested. The sharing the RiC-O files with a greater number of persons may both help them to begin to think of some small to large scale RiC-O implementation and use that would suit their needs and context, and help EGAD to improve the quality of the ontology.

If you are interested to access the RiC-O files, please fill in the form made available for registration. The call is open until 15 March 2019, and feedback will be accepted until 30 April 2019.