Balneus

Australian Lefty on Politics, Governance, Science and Info Management

Crowdsourcing history

Posted by Dave Bath on 2008-11-03


The National Library of Australia’s Newspaper Digitisation Program will be a great resource for students, and also more mature researchers: although some of the "translations" of images from older papers is pretty bad (see this munged news of Melbourne Markets from 1919).

However, you can help clear up the text for others, especially if you sign up.

Now… there’s something that could be a useful exercise for secondary students, who would learn some social history, be exposed to more complex grammatical forms and help the country… all at the same time!

Even reading the advertisements can give great insight into the attitudes of the times.  I wonder what people a century from now will think of us when perusing today’s ads.

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