This application is very simple, but does require you to use your own judgment in reading hand-written documents. When you participate, the platform will load a scanned index card from the British Museum's Bronze Age catalog (stored on the MicroPasts Flickr stream). Once the image has been loaded, you will be asked to transcribe the contents of each card. Most scanned images combine the written details from the one side of the index card and the line drawing of the object from the reverse side. An example of the front side of a card is shown below.
Each index card contains similar information and we are asking you to enter this information into a set of pre-defined fields. In addition to the help provided by this tutorial, you will also find further hints inside the data entry boxes about where on the card the relevant information might be found (e.g. in the example card above, the necessary entry for the "Object Type" filed would be "Palstave" and the data entry box will hint that this information can be found "Top of card").
During the transcription, you can always return to this tutorial via the "Help" button. Here are some further issues to watch out for:
Sometimes you might notice that there is some variability in the style of the index cards and occasionally you might get a card that looks quite different, such as the one below. In such cases, please try your best to fill in the requisite fields and note in the Transcriber's Comments field that you found this difficult for that particular card. As we continue drawer-by-drawer through the catalog, we will look to modify the input fields in response to your suggestions.
To find out how the project is progressing, suggest changes to this application or propose new research ideas based what you have transcribed, please have a look at our community forum.