The Smithsonian institute needs help digitizing their records. You can help out by transcribing documents from images provided by the institute. Additionally, if you don’t want to transcribe but still want to help out, the institute needs people to proof read the transcriptions.
By transcribing these documents, the institute aims to:
- Preserve the information provided by the documents
- Make the documents searchable
- Make the documents machine readable for computational analysis
- Allow for piled up documents to be researched more easily
To help out go to the Smithsonian Digital Volunteers: Transcription Center. Here is a list of transcription projects currently available. The site provides a tutorial as well to help you with getting started.