Wanted: Tran­scribers At KEY

MidWeek Islander (Windward Oahu) - - Windward Oahu Islander - By CAROL CHANG

Puakea No­gelmeier’s mas­sive Hawai­ian-lan­guage news­pa­per tran­scrip­tion project has come to Ka­haluu in a big way, and vol­un­teers are urged to join the ef­fort by at­tend­ing tu­to­rial train­ing with him and his team from 5 to 9 tonight (March 28) in Room 202 at KEY Project.

The UH Hawai­ian lan­guage pro­fes­sor has asked KEY and its new com­puter lab to be a hub for vol­un­teers as they work with oth­ers to help com­plete the 60,000-page project by July 31. Ike Kuokoa (“lib­er­at­ing knowl­edge”) in­volves down­load­ing dig­i­tal im­age scans of news­pa­per pages, then typ­ing them into a text doc­u­ment ex­actly as they ap­pear. The news­pa­pers were pub­lished be­tween the mid-1800s and 1948.

“Our goal,” No­gelmeier states on the web­site (awa­iaulu.org), “is to make the whole avail­able col­lec­tion word-search­able … It will open up hun­dreds of thou­sands of pages worth of data on his­tory, cul­ture, pol­i­tics, sci­ence, world view and more.”

The kiko hua (typ­ists) are key to its com­ple­tion, and KEY in­tern Ge­orge Si­mons co­or­di­nates the lo­cal ef­fort, with an eye on the ben­e­fit to vol­un­teers as well the new win­dow it opens to Hawaii’s past.

“What I see is a morale booster,” Si­mons said. “Even if they have their own com­put­ers at home, vol­un­teers can come here and do it to­gether as a group.” He’s hop­ing for about 25 peo­ple, and they don’t have to be tech-savvy — just will­ing and able to use a key­board and work pa­tiently through the old text.

Kualoa-heeia Ec­u­meni­cal Youth Project is at 47200 Wai­hee Road. For de­tails, call Si­mons at 2395777 or email him at front­desk@keypro­ject.org.

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