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Day 4 Report: We’ve hit 1587 pages in our #7DayRevChall - Great collaboration and effort by #volunpeers to hit 362 pages on Day 4!
Today reviewers are working on E. Howard Clock Ledgers, Joseph Nelson Rose, Bumblebees, Benjamin Walsh’s Natural Facts, and Croton Aplenty! Check out what they’re saying about these projects.
New to the Transcription Center and want to get the hang of transcribing before you review? See our Instructions and Tips.
There are also brand new sets of Bumblebees, a nearly new DASCH logbook, Clock ledgers, and field notes in French - Come explore our projects!

Day 4 Report: We’ve hit 1587 pages in our #7DayRevChall - Great collaboration and effort by #volunpeers to hit 362 pages on Day 4!

Today reviewers are working on E. Howard Clock Ledgers, Joseph Nelson Rose, Bumblebees, Benjamin Walsh’s Natural Facts, and Croton Aplenty! Check out what they’re saying about these projects.

New to the Transcription Center and want to get the hang of transcribing before you review? See our Instructions and Tips.

There are also brand new sets of Bumblebees, a nearly new DASCH logbook, Clock ledgers, and field notes in French - Come explore our projects!

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Transcribing “Mary The Mystery”: Mary Smith transcription tips

Have you worked on Mary Smith’s Commonplace Book Concerning Science and Mathematics - or perhaps you are stumped as you’re reviewing?

Great news - smithsonianlibraries staff have created this helpful guide to ease your consternation. 

TIPS:

  1. S can sometimes look like f, especially when double s appears e.g.  glass the first s appears to be an f but is actually an s.
  2. Appearance of Latin and Greek phrases and characters e.g. quaere also spelled quære, which is a Latin term for query is something to be aware of. If the phrase or character cannot be transcribed, then describe in double brackets what it appears to be, like this [[quaere?]].
  3. Inclusion of Hebraic characters can be marked as [[Hebrew]]; no need to track down the correct symbol for inclusion, as that can be added later by the Libraries.
  4. Tables and equations do not have to be recreated but can be indicated with [[table]] or [[equation]]. OPTIONAL: discretion is left to transcriber to recreate as such using applications that generate formulas or tables that can be pasted into transcription.
  5. OPTIONAL: Adding characters with accents and diacritics can be done by using something like Microsoft Word and copying and pasting into the transcription page. The same is true with certain symbols used like for degree ⁰ or use of superscript, otherwise the special character, symbol or superscript can be noted as such and added later by Smithsonian Libraries staff. If you decide to include symbols using programs like Word, note that all special characters may not be available in said programs (e.g. planetary symbols); in such cases identify as [[symbol]].

Let us know how else we can help you transcribe “Mary the Mystery!”

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The results are in and it’s 971 pages completed in the first two days of our 7 Day Review Challenge - these are phenomenal results! We are so humbled to have so many #volunpeers joining us to help improve Smithsonian Institution collections and research pathways. 
If you’re ready to help review now, take a reminder glance at the instructions and tips for the various projects. Remember also that our Bumble Bees and Botanical specimens have multiple arrow tabs to complete.
Now it’s time to tally Day 3 numbers for our #7DayRevChall - wish me luck!
Have you joined us in reviewing? If so, what have you been working on?

The results are in and it’s 971 pages completed in the first two days of our 7 Day Review Challenge - these are phenomenal results! We are so humbled to have so many #volunpeers joining us to help improve Smithsonian Institution collections and research pathways. 

If you’re ready to help review now, take a reminder glance at the instructions and tips for the various projects. Remember also that our Bumble Bees and Botanical specimens have multiple arrow tabs to complete.

Now it’s time to tally Day 3 numbers for our #7DayRevChall - wish me luck!

Have you joined us in reviewing? If so, what have you been working on?

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Hey, did anyone hear that there were some new-fangled wristwear technologies released today? Perhaps like the hubbub around digital watches in 1973, E. Howard’s watches (and clocks) took the stage in 1882 and are all the rage for #TranscribeTuesday today.
Check out four of E. Howard Clock Co’s ledgers in the Transcription Center, shared by the Archives Center at the National Museum of American History, and explore how far and wide time-telling tech spread in the late 19th century. This project could use some help with review, too!
Each week, on #TranscribeTuesday, we share work created by digital volunteers in the Transcription Center. Which pages should we showcase next week?

Hey, did anyone hear that there were some new-fangled wristwear technologies released today? Perhaps like the hubbub around digital watches in 1973, E. Howard’s watches (and clocks) took the stage in 1882 and are all the rage for #TranscribeTuesday today.

Check out four of E. Howard Clock Co’s ledgers in the Transcription Center, shared by the Archives Center at the National Museum of American History, and explore how far and wide time-telling tech spread in the late 19th century. This project could use some help with review, too!

Each week, on #TranscribeTuesday, we share work created by digital volunteers in the Transcription Center. Which pages should we showcase next week?

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No mention of how far he ran, but Martin Moynihan has a notebook full of more than a mere Flock of (Sea)Gulls for this week’s Friday Final Lines.   
This project features Moynihan’s notes from the western edge of South America — from Peru south to Punta Arenas, Chile, just over 8 miles from Antarctica — from 1955 and 1956.  Part of the Smithsonian’s Tropical Research Institute, Moynihan kept field notes on a variety birds and mammals including monkeys. This project is part of the Field Book Project and is shared by Smithsonian Institution Archives. You can help by reviewing this project - and also reading and transcribing other Moynihan field notes in the Transcription Center.


Ateles ssp.(monkeys) on Barro Colorado Island, Panama
Cyanerpes (Honeycreepers) from Central America (completed!)

No mention of how far he ran, but Martin Moynihan has a notebook full of more than a mere Flock of (Sea)Gulls for this week’s Friday Final Lines.   

This project features Moynihan’s notes from the western edge of South America — from Peru south to Punta Arenas, Chile, just over 8 miles from Antarctica — from 1955 and 1956.  Part of the Smithsonian’s Tropical Research Institute, Moynihan kept field notes on a variety birds and mammals including monkeys. This project is part of the Field Book Project and is shared by Smithsonian Institution Archives. You can help by reviewing this project - and also reading and transcribing other Moynihan field notes in the Transcription Center.

Ateles ssp.(monkeys) on Barro Colorado Island, Panama

Cyanerpes (Honeycreepers) from Central America (completed!)

Audio

Hear more about the possibilities, potential, and process of transcription in this Federal News Radio interview with our project coordinator, Dr. Meghan Ferriter.  

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archivesofamericanart:

Are you following the US Open tennis tournament on now in New York? Who are you rooting for? We’d cheer for Louise King Cox and her students, both for tennis and air guitar championships.
Louise King Cox with her students, ca. 1900 / unidentified photographer. Allyn Cox papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Lobbing volleys and electrifying licks on the court, all day…  

archivesofamericanart:

Are you following the US Open tennis tournament on now in New York? Who are you rooting for? We’d cheer for Louise King Cox and her students, both for tennis and air guitar championships.

Louise King Cox with her students, ca. 1900 / unidentified photographer. Allyn Cox papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Lobbing volleys and electrifying licks on the court, all day…  

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A fantastic look at the ecological balance and volunpeer activity in the Transcription Center as it relates to one organization, Smithsonian Institution Archives. Christine Rosenfeld offers excellent analysis and reminds us that we have to be vigilant in transitioning times to achieve sustainability and a resilient space for transcription, engagement, learning, and discovery. 

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smithsonianfolklife:

Click on the map above to explore lesson plans about music from all over the world. This great interactive resource from smithsonianfolkways provides an international prospective on culture and music to incorporate into your curriculum. 
Check out more resources from the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage here.

VERY cool - teaching and exploring #resources from smithsonianfolkways and smithsonianfolklife

smithsonianfolklife:

Click on the map above to explore lesson plans about music from all over the world. This great interactive resource from smithsonianfolkways provides an international prospective on culture and music to incorporate into your curriculum. 

Check out more resources from the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage here.

VERY cool - teaching and exploring #resources from smithsonianfolkways and smithsonianfolklife

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smithsonianlibraries:

Galileo and Brahe and Newton, oh my! Some of our favorite manuscript treasures stopped by our Digital Imaging Center last week. Some of them may be making their way to the Smithsonian transcription center soon…

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smithsonianlibraries:

Galileo and Brahe and Newton, oh my! Some of our favorite manuscript treasures stopped by our Digital Imaging Center last week. Some of them may be making their way to the Smithsonian transcription center soon…

 !!