Call for paper for workshop “Participatory Transcription Projects in Museums, Archives, Libraries”

28 and 29 October 2021, online

In recent years, the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin has initiated various digital and analog projects in which, with the help of participatory approaches, written materials and the like have been transcribed. This helped make materials from the Historical Research Unit and the museum’s collection accessible.

They decided to enter into an open discourse with transcription projects of other museums, archives, and libraries in the German-speaking world with an online workshop on 28/29 October 2021: “Participatory Transcription Projects in Museums, Archives, Libraries – A Practical Exchange of Experience”, and discuss the strategic setup, implementation, and further development of such projects. Their goal is to initiate a workflow-oriented exchange of experiences that will lay the foundation for further collaboration between the projects.

The first day of the workshop will be dedicated to the complex of “Transcription Projects as Citizen Science Formats”. In addition to project presentations, contributions from Citizens Scientists themselves are particularly welcome. The second day will deal with the technical implementation (tools and platforms), the sustainable use of the data and the necessary infrastructure. On both days, the exchange will take place in the common plenum and in the form of small group work in breakout rooms. Abstracts can be submitted for the following topics:

  1. Transcription projects as a Citizen Science format
  2. Technology, infrastructure and sustainable use

The event will take place exclusively online. The primary language of the event is German, so abstracts should be submitted in German and papers should also be presented in German. In justified cases, contributions may also be submitted and presented in English.

Abstracts can be submitted until 18 June 2021, 23:59 CET.

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