Current opportunities include:
Through a partnership with Zooniverse, BHL is pleased to present Science Gossip, a project designed to help us unlock the history of citizen science. In the Victorian period, just like today, scientists and members of the public worked together to further scientific discovery. Help us classify drawings from Victorian periodicals, such as Science Gossip, Recreative Science and The Intellectual Observer.
- Get started: Classifying
As a result of the Purposeful Gaming and BHL Project, we are pleased to announce the launch of two crowdsourcing games, Smorball and Beanstalk. The games, created by Dartmouth College’s Tiltfactor, will help improve access to books and journals online in the BHL collection by verifying the accuracy of text previously encoded by optical character recognition software. Development of these games was made possible in large part thanks to funding from the Institute for Museum and Library Services:
Winner of “best serious game” at the Boston Festival of Indie GamesPlayers of the more challenging Smorball game are asked to type the words they see as quickly and accurately as possible to help coach their team, the Eugene Melonballers, to victory to win the coveted Dalahäst Trophy in the fictional sport of Smorball. Each word typed correctly defeats an opposing smorbot and brings the Melonballers closer to the championships.
Play now: Smorball
Players of the more relaxed Beanstalk game must type the words presented to them correctly in order to grow their beanstalk from a tiny tendril to a massive cloudscraper. The more words they type correctly, the faster the beanstalk grows. Players who accurately transcribe the most words will ascend to the top of the leaderboard as a result of their valuable contributions.
Play now: Beanstalk
BHL books contain thousands of illustrations and we’ve made over 100,000 of those available on Flickr. In addition to being a great visual resource on their own, many of these images are also harvested by our partners the Encyclopedia of Life (EOL). Those images are then associated with pages that contain information about each species, links to mentions of those species in BHL, distribution maps, and a myriad of images and other media. But we need help in order to get those images harvested! Learn about how you can help by checking out our machine tagging tutorial.
- Get started: Tagging
In addition to published biodiversity literature, BHL is thrilled that our digital corpus includes a growing body of scientists’ field notes and related archival materials. However, the largely handwritten nature of these materials aren’t well-suited to BHL’s OCR (optical character recognition) tools that help to search within a given page on the BHL portal. Thanks to partnerships with the Smithsonian Transcription Center, the Atlas of Living Australia, and FromThePage, many of these field books are being made available for crowdsourcing transcriptions that can be added to BHL alongside the original notebooks. Help us unlock the valuable data and information in these rich resources by visiting one of our partners transcription sites.
- Get started Transcribing: Smithsonian Transcription Center