By the People (crowd.loc.gov) is an online transcription platform where anyone with an internet connection can transcribe documents from the Library of Congress’ digitized collections. We welcome anyone interested in making non-machine readable resources fully word searchable to contribute.
Crowdsourcing invites members of the public, non-specialists and specialists alike, to help make data more usable and discoverable. Crowdsourcing at the Library of Congress invites unpaid volunteers to explore collections while gaining new skills, for example, learning to read older forms of handwriting such as cursive.
You do not have to register an account on crowd.loc.gov in order to transcribe, but you can register if you would like to review or tag. In order to make sure a transcription is submitted by a real human, anonymous users will be prompted to fill in a captcha before their first submission will be accepted. The Library’s captcha is an image of a few letters and numbers that you need to transcribe into the box below the image.
A session cookie will be used in your browser while you are transcribing so that you do not need to enter a captcha every time you work on a page. Session cookies for anonymous users are limited to 24 hours, so you will only be prompted to enter a captcha once a session.
Session cookies are used for registered users too, so that your contributions can be saved to your account. Check out your user profile to see how many pages you have transcribed, tagged and reviewed. Registered user session cookies last two weeks.
Concordia and crowd.loc.gov are supported by the National Digital Library Trust Fund. They are the result of collaboration between numerous divisions, expertise, and teams at the Library of Congress.