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February 14, 2011 / Council of State Archivists

National Library of Finland Turns to Crowdsourcing, Games to Help Digitize Its Archives

Article originally appeared on www.readwriteweb.com on February 8, 2011 and was written by Audrey Watters.

The National Library of Finland has launched a new program to support the digitization efforts of its archives. The project, Digitalkoot (Digital Volunteers), blends microtasks, crowdsourcing, and video games to break up and distribute some of the dull repetitive work of verifying digitized records. “We have millions and millions of pages of historically and culturally valuable magazines, newspapers and journals online. The challenge is that the optical character recognition often contains errors and omissions, which hamper for example searches,” says Kai Ekholm, Director of the National Library of Finland. “Manual correction is needed to weed out these mistakes so that the texts become machine readable, enabling scholars and archivists to search the material for the information they need.” [link to full article]

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