Crowdsourcing the Macdonald Dictionary

By November 1, 2017 News No Comments

If you’re a UC student interested in Digital Humanities, you might like to help us out with the Macdonald Dictionary crowdsourcing project, a feminist public history project being developed by Canterbury Museum and UC.

The project is transcribing names from handwritten index cards that document the biographies of European settlers in Canterbury. We aim to record the names of the women and children who are mostly absent from the collection’s existing metadata. There are over 12,000 cards, so it’s a pretty significant task!

You can participate by dropping in to the UC Arts Digital Lab (Rm 414 in Karl Popper) between now and 10 November, 10:00am – 3:00pm. All you need to do is read and transcribe names from a brief handwritten text, then answer a few questions about the process. It’s fun! So, take a break from exam study, nab some Whittaker’s chocolate as a reward, and–most importantly–help us better understand our local history by bringing women out of the shadows.

If you have any questions, please email Antoine at antoine.landrieu@canterbury.ac.nz