As a digital library, BHL offers a range of volunteer opportunities for individuals to contribute their time and expertise from anywhere, any time.

Current opportunities include:

Completed projects:

Current Opportunities

Image Tagging

Flickr taggingBHL books contain thousands of illustrations and we’ve made over 300,000 of those available on Flickr. But we need help to tag these images and make them discoverable by species name, artist name, geographic location, and more! Learn about how you can help by checking out our machine tagging tutorial.

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Transcribe Field Notes

transcribe with Smithsonian Transcription CenterIn 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 to produce transcriptions that can be uploaded to BHL in place of the automatically-generated OCR, enabling full text search. Help us unlock the valuable data and information in these rich resources by visiting one of our partners’ transcription sites.

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Completed Projects

Image Classification

Science Gossip homepageNote: This project is now complete. Nearly ten thousand volunteers produced more than half a million classifications.

Through a partnership with Zooniverse, the Science Gossip project was 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. Through this project, volunteers helped classify drawings from Victorian periodicals, such as Science Gossip, Recreative Science and The Intellectual Observer.

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