Davy Notebooks Project Transcribe-a-thon

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Saturday 14 May 2022, 11am-3.30pm
Room B29, Foster Court building, UCL main campus, WC1E 6BT

They have 10 x ECR travel bursaries of £50 each available

Over the course of the event, there will be talks from Professors Sharon Ruston and Frank James about running a crowdsourced transcription project and the benefits of digitising Romantic-era manuscripts. There will also be short training sessions/talks on how to transcribe Davy’s hand and the material challenges of working with Davy’s notebooks. During two hands-on sessions, participants will gain experience of transcribing early nineteenth-century handwriting and contribute transcriptions of a previously untranscribed Davy notebook, containing some of Davy’s electrochemistry lecture notes from 1808. This is an excellent opportunity to acquire or develop skills to read and transcribe early nineteenth-century manuscripts, and to learn more about a crowdsourced transcription project. Lunch will be provided.

No prior experience or preparation is necessary, and questions/discussion will, of course, be very warmly welcomed. There are plenty of computer terminals in the room, so there’s no need to bring a laptop. We hope to see you there!

If you’d like to attend, please register using this Eventbrite link.

Please circulate details of this transcribe-a-thon widely.

To apply for an ECR travel bursary of up to £50 (anyone not in full-time, permanent academic employment is welcome to apply), please send a statement of no longer than 200 words outlining your interest in the transcribe-a-thon to davynotebooks at lancaster dot ac dot uk by Tuesday 12 April. If you have a general enquiry, please send it to the same address.

Our Zooniverse project page is here.