The Smithsonian Desperately Needs Volunteers To Help Digitize Records

Looks like some of this is a win win for history and traditions

Recently, Native American tribes have asked for things like funerary objects so that they can bury them. When faced with the dilemma of losing a piece of history from the archives, the Smithsonian made 3D scans so they could keep a copy of the artifact before the original was buried. When the tribes saw what the Smithsonian had done, not only were they impressed, they started bringing forward their own artifacts for replication.

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The Smithsonian's Museum of Natural History. (photo via the Smithsonian) The Smithsonian’s Museum of Natural History. (photo via the Smithsonian)

Looking for a way to give back to your nation in a way that doesn’t include paying too much on taxes or fighting in wars on the other side of the planet? Well, now there’s a way to do your duty to Uncle Sam in the era of slacktivism.

The Smithsonian is putting out an open call to the Americans of the Internet to help turn barely legible texts from the museum’s library into a pristine, digitally catalogued database. They’ve built a pretty slick in-browser app, and have worked out a system where anyone can come in and work on the transcriptions for as little or as much time as they want.

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