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Friday, August 15 • 9:15am - 10:15am
SESSION 309 - For the Increase and Diffusion of Knowledge: Achieving the Smithsonian Institution's Mission Through Crowdsourced Transcription

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Join Smithsonian Institution archivists and web developers in a lively series of presentations relating to their participation in transcription.si.edu, the first release of the Smithsonian's ambitious Digital Volunteers crowdsourcing platform supporting transcription of handwritten documents in a wide range of formats and subject areas, from scientific field notebooks to diaries, letters, and writings. Design, templates, user analytics, workflow, and future uses of crowdsourcing are discussed and demonstrated.

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Ricc Ferrante

Director of Digital Services, Smithsonian Institution Archives
| Riccardo Ferrante is the Information Technology Archivist and Director of Digital Services at the Smithsonian Institution Archives. He oversees the SI Archives electronic records program, digital curation and preservation activities, and other digitization services as well as serving on pan-Institutional task forces to develop guidelines and strategies for digital record acquisition and retention, digital asset management, and implementation... Read More →
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Meghan Ferriter

Transcription Project Coordinator, Quotient, Inc on behalf of Smithsonian Institution OCIO
Dr. Meghan Ferriter is an anthropologist and interdisciplinary researcher leading community engagement and advising best practice as the Project Coordinator for the Smithsonian Transcription Center. Before entering this role, she explored knowledge-building and communication in communities of interest as a Research Associate with Smithsonian Institution Archives (2013). Dr. Ferriter’s primary research interests focus on understanding the ways... Read More →

Andrew Gunther

IT Specialist Application Developer, Smithsonian Institution Archives
Andrew Gunther has been working in the field of museums, libraries and archives since the late 90s. He is currently the lead developer for the services comprising the Smithsonian's Enterprise Digital Asset Network (EDAN) focusing on metadata and image delivery systems of museum objects via RESTful API services. Before coming to the Smithsonian, Andrew was the Manager of Digital Information and Visual Resources for the Harvard University Art... Read More →

Joe Hursey

Reference Coordinator/Associate Curator, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Joe Hursey currently serves as the Reference and Digital Coordinator for the Archives Center at the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian. As the Digital Coordinator, Mr. Hursey selects, scans and uploads the diaries, ledgers and journals from the Archive's Center as projects for the Smithsonian Institute’s crowd sourced Transcription Project. He has overseen the completion of more than 800 pages of the Archive’s Center’s... Read More →

Jennifer Morris

Archivist, Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
Jennifer Morris is the archivist at the Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum, the first federally funded neighborhood museum located in Washington, D. C.  She oversees archival processing, cataloguing, and reference. Her interests are in the care and preservation of family papers, photographs, and cultural heritage archives.  She earned a BA in Anthropology from the University of Maryland, College Park and a MLIS from the... Read More →

Sylvia Orli

Museum Specialist, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution
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Ching-Hsien Wang

Library & Archives Systems Support Manager, Smithsonian Institution
Ms. Wang is an expert in information science for more than 20 years. She has worked extensively in collection management specializing in information retrieval, software development, data analysis, and project coordination from across the Smithsonian. Among recent large scale digitization projects, Ms. Wang was the project manager leading a technical team to design and implemented the first large scale Collections Search Center combining Library... Read More →

Karen Weiss

Head of Digital Operations, Archives of American Art
Oversee digitization initiatives at the Archives of American Art. Interested in developments in digitization technologies, web access, collection information systems, digital humanities, DAMS, EAC, management of born digital collections, oral history. Having fun as a contributor to the Smithsonian's Transcription Center.

Friday August 15, 2014 9:15am - 10:15am
Virginia C [Lobby Level] Marriott Wardman Park, 2660 Woodley Road NW, Washington, DC 20008

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