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Volunteering at the DPA




Document Imaging

Training for the proper operation of the lab's flatbed scanner and document camera

Data Management

Managing physical and digital artifacts following protocols for both physical and digital filing systems

Image Preparation

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

Metadata Writing

Following metadata guide and completing all necessary item fields

TEI Coding

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.


Join Us!

To become a member of our research group, contact the project manager, Luke Iantorno.