In­dex­ing sys­tems

Lat­est tech­nol­ogy aids vol­un­teer projects

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Fam­i­lySearch has re­leased a new in­ter­face for its vol­un­teer data tran­scribers, avail­able via the Fam­i­lySearch In­dex­ing web page, www.fam­i­lysearch.org/ in­dex­ing/. This year alone the site has in­dexed more than 1.3 mil­lion records, thanks to more than 80,000 vol­un­teers. Cur­rent UK-re­lated projects which any­one can con­trib­ute to in­clude bish­ops’ tran­scripts for Devon, par­ish reg­is­ters for War­wick­shire and mar­riage bond records held at the Na­tional Li­brary of Wales.

Mean­while a new tech­nol­ogy plat­form for sim­i­lar crowd­sourced in­dex­ing projects has cel­e­brated its first ma­jor mile­stone of fa­cil­i­tat­ing the in­dex­ing of 100,000 records. Crowd Sourced In­dex­ing (CSI) pro­vides its soft­ware for free to fam­ily his­tory so­ci­eties and other spe­cial in­ter­est groups – all each project needs as a min­i­mum is an ad­min­is­tra­tor, and the sys­tem is all run through a stan­dard web browser. CSI is the work of Banai Lynn Feld­stein. At present the plat­form is only be­ing used for projects fo­cused on the USA, Is­rael and East­ern Europe, but there is no rea­son why it would not help UK groups. For fur­ther de­tails, visit www.csin­dex­ing.com.

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