LibCrowds is a project from the British Library and British Library Labs that uses crowdsourcing to transcribe some of the printed cards still housed in physical card catalogues. The British Library's online catalog, Explore, contains nearly 57 million digital records, but for some important research materials these printed cards remain the only access points. Three projects are currently underway: Pinyin Card Catalogue: Drawer Five; LCP (the Lord Chamberlain's Plays and Correspondence): 1824-1899 (Abbe-Belles); and Urdu Card Catalogue: Drawer Two. Ample instructions for volunteers who wish to contribute are provided, including video demonstrations. Volunteers and anyone who's interested can track the progress in the Statistics section of the LibCrowds website. A heading here indicates that "688 volunteers have participated in 14 projects, made 32,119 contributions and completed 10,392 tasks." Following the heading, data is presented in graphic form. For example, there is a map of the locations of the most active volunteers and a graph showing hourly contribution levels over the past 24 hours.
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