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Participatory Transcription Projects in Museums, Archives, Libraries - A Practical Exchange of Experience, 28 and 29 October 2021

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Historical documents from the archives of the Museum of Natural History (MfN, HBSB, ZM B XV/00229).

Workshop - Programme

In recent years, the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin has initiated various digital and analog projects in which, with the help of participatory approaches, written materials and the like have been transcribed. With the help of participatory approaches, written material and similar materials from the Historical Research Unit and the museum's collection have been transcribed and made accessible. Examples of this are the project Bees and Bytes or the Transcription Workshop in the Experimental Field.

To enter into an open exchange with transcription projects of other museums, archives and libraries in the German-speaking countries and Europe, and to discuss the strategic set-up, implementation and further development of such projects, we are organising an online workshop on 28 and 29 October 2021.

Our aim is to initiate a workflow-oriented exchange of experiences that will form the basis workflow-oriented exchange of experience that will lay the foundation for further cooperation between the projects. The first day of the workshop will be dedicated to the complex of "transcription projects as citizen science formats". Different projects from all over Europe will report on their experiences. The second day will deal with the technical implementation (tools and platforms) and the necessary infrastructure. The tools of the participating projects can be tested in a hands-on lab.

The complete programme (in german) can be found here:


An event of the project Access, Innovation, Networking in the framework of the Future Plan and the Transcription Workshop of the Historical Research Unit of the Museum of Natural History – Leibniz Institute for Research on Evolution and Biodiversity, funded by the Leibniz Research Museums Action Plan.