On October 09, we challenged Smithsonian Transcription volunteers to transcribe the field notes of Ladd, Ward, and G. Arthur Cooper.
It took exactly three and a half days for volunteers to completely transcribe 8 sets of field notes totally 252 pages. An average of 14 people contributed to each project. The range? 35 people co-opted our longest Cooper journal, while only 3 tackled his shortest 6 page journal.
Here’s what happened in the numbers:
- 12 total projects completed in those days, including our 8 #FossilFossick Projects!
- 30 New volunteers!
- 252 pages completed - and 712 Pages total over the challenge dates!
- 3.5 Days from launch to completely transcribe and review the #FossilFossick field notes!
- Visits from 48 countries including Germany, Ecuador, Turkey, India, and New Zealand
A total success deserves a totally fantastic reward: be sure to tune into the behind-the-scenes tour of Smithsonian fossil collections with Dr. Nicholas Pyenson, Curator of Fossil Marine Mammals at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, via the BHL Periscope on October 26 as a reward for the successful completion of the challenge. More details to come on Twitter and Facebook.
You can explore the field notes in BHL: You can also read all of the completed #FossilFossick projects by visiting the project pages with these links and downloading the PDFs:
- Harry S. Ladd - https://transcription.si.edu/project/7811
- Harry S. Ladd - https://transcription.si.edu/project/7812
- Lester F. Ward - https://transcription.si.edu/project/7810
- G. Arthur Cooper - https://transcription.si.edu/project/7804
- G. Arthur Cooper - https://transcription.si.edu/project/7805
- G. Arthur Cooper - https://transcription.si.edu/project/7806
- G. Arthur Cooper - https://transcription.si.edu/project/7807
- G. Arthur Cooper - https://transcription.si.edu/project/7808
- G. Arthur Cooper - https://transcription.si.edu/project/7809