The State Library of New South Wales, in Australia, has released 50,000 pages of digitised World War One diaries and are calling for the general public to volunteer their time to help transcribe the material.
The State Library’s unique collection of solider’s diaries includes over 1,200 handwritten accounts by soldiers of all ranks, doctors, nurses, stretcher-bearers, journalists and POWs and has been included on the UNESCO Australian Memory of the World Register.
Having recently completed digitising its entire collection of World War One diaries and letters, 180,000 pages, made possible through the support of the NSW Government, the Library has now launched its very own purpose built transcription tool. With this new tool, they are turning to the wider community for help so that to unlock the contents of these diaries and provide global access to this extraordinary material and the compelling stories held within them.
Visit their website to find out more about the project, search the finished transcriptions and try transcribing.