Booklover Volunteers Needed

If you love books, especially free e-books, do volunteer for Distributed Proofreaders.

Distributed Proofreaders provides a web-based method to ease the conversion of Public Domain books into e-books. By dividing the workload into individual pages, many volunteers can work on a book at the same time, which significantly speeds up the creation process.

During proofreading, volunteers are presented with a scanned page image and the corresponding OCR text on a single web page. This allows the text to be easily compared to the image, proofread, and sent back to the site. A second volunteer is then presented with the first volunteer’s work and the same page image, verifies and corrects the work as necessary, and submits it back to the site. The book then similarly progresses through two formatting rounds using the same web interface.

Once all the pages have completed these steps, a post-processor carefully assembles them into an e-book and submits it to the Project Gutenberg archive.

The concept is an excellent one, the execution not so. The layout of the website is extremely wordy and unappealing. The system looks very complicated when I went through the walkthrough, but I guess that’s only because they want to ensure the quality of the project.

But if you believe in the cause, don’t let that stop you!

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. silverneurotic
    Aug 07, 2007 @ 04:36:30

    I’m not very good with grammar and editing…but that sounds like it could be fun.

    nylusmilk: well, with so many editings a text goes through, i’m sure that wouldn’t be a problem. you could focus on documenting rather than editing.

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  2. ajsawyer
    Aug 14, 2007 @ 17:52:40

    I’ve signed up – I think it’s a great idea and can’t wait to get started.

    nylusmilk: very nice! i hope you have a fun time transcribing. 🙂

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