Wednesday, July 04, 2007

76 Pages for Project Gutenberg

Have you been looking for a way to quit navel-gazing for a few moments and apply your talents and attention to a worthy cause outside yourself, a project that may make a difference in the world?

You might consider registering with Distributed Proofreaders, an affiliate of Project Gutenberg.

In a nutshell, volunteer proofreaders compare scanned pages of public domain books with text pages produced by an optical character reader, and make corrections and apply small formatting conventions that aid later formatters and algorithms to compile pages into a coherent e-book. The documents are preserved in a basic format so they will be able to be accessed by the greatest number of users.

Distributed Proofreaders, volunteers all, have produced over 11,000 e-books to date for Project Gutenberg. The latter has over twice that number of e-books in its archives. The number is growing every day as thousands of volunteers scan and proof and format one line at a time, one page at a time, over and over and over.

I registered this past weekend, and finished proofing my 76th page today. A small beginning of a long affiliation with this project.

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