Volunteering at the DPA
Training for the proper operation of the lab's flatbed scanner and document camera
Managing physical and digital artifacts following protocols for both physical and digital filing systems
Using Preview and Adobe Photoshop to crop images with appropriate gutters
Uploading to Archive
Using item naming protocols to upload image files properly
Using transcription protocols established by the project director
Comparing the transcribed versions to the original documents, using both line-by-line and straight proofreading
Creating and using folksonomies to identify content in artifacts
Researching and writing explanatory notes
Following metadata guide and completing all necessary item fields
Applying TEI coding guidelines established by the project director
The training above takes about 40-50 hours--or as little as one hour a week for 4 semesters.
After you complete the requisite training in each skill set, you are qualified to train entering volunteers in that skill.
When you have completed the full training program, you may use our resources to develop your own digital project.
We use our records of your participation to craft letters of recommendation that highlight the skills you have mastered.
To become a member of our research group, contact the project manager, Luke Iantorno.