Hacking the past: an archives game jam

Transcribe Bentham (University College London)
The National Archives (UK)

The National Archives (UK) and the Bentham Project at University College London are coming together to create a free game jam, focusing on games with a purpose (GWAPs) on 23 and 24 February 2019.

These organisations have experience of crowdsourcing the transcription of historical documents with the assistance of interested volunteers. They also have been experimenting with the use of Handwritten Text Recognition software to automate the transcription of documents. However, the transcription of historical material can still be a time-consuming and complex task.

The challenge for this Hackathon is to create imaginative and engaging games that encourage and help people to transcribe documents efficiently. This will be done based on digital images from a diverse range of historical collections at both The National Archives and University College London. The transcriptions will open up access to historical material and make them discoverable for anyone interested in historical research.

The event will include:

  • Interesting talks about the documents from archivists and historians
  • Briefing on the tasks ahead
  • A chance to learn and develop exciting new digital skills
  • A showcase of all the work produced over the weekend
  • A lot of hacking time
  • And of course, pizza!

Find out more and register to attend via Eventbrite.

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