You mean like the Australian Newspapers Digitisation Project, which was the subject of a very interesting presentation at GLAM-WIKI?
http://newspapers.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/home It's not strictly Wiki-like, but it shares many characteristics of our model and promises to be a great resource down the track. I've not had a great look at the editing module itself, but changes/corrections seem to be "live" onto the site. The only thing that's not clear is the licence, while the papers themselves are pretty much all public domain, I can't see anything to confirm with certainty that the digitized text has been released as such. Cheers, Craig -----Original Message----- From: wikimediaau-l-boun...@lists.wikimedia.org [mailto:wikimediaau-l-boun...@lists.wikimedia.org] On Behalf Of Stephen Bain Sent: Friday, 14 August 2009 1:04 AM To: Wikimedia-au Subject: [Wikimediaau-l] Bringing the wiki model to digitisation I unfortunately couldn't get to Canberra for GLAM-Wiki, though I've been reading the material online so far and am very much looking forward to the videos. One of the major discussion points coming out of it has been the ways in which these institutions offer - and should offer - digitised material. The costs of digitisation are a key factor driving institutions' desire to charge for certain usage of digitised content. The employees in the sector engaged in digitisation are a scarce resource too, which ultimately affects what material is made available online at all. My own use of archival collections for research has recently got me thinking: why don't we bring the wiki model to digitisation? The various state public archives all have facilities for users to purchase photocopies or scans of archival material, but some (certainly the archives in Victoria, NSW and Queensland) also allow users to take their own photos of material. Users are typically limited to using such photos only for personal or academic use, with permission for commercial use able to be requested, either from the archives itself or from the government agency responsible for the records. With a bit of organisation, I think it would be possible to set up a 'DIY digitisation' project for archival material, which would aim to produce digital copies of material at a quality level good enough to use for transcription at Wikisource. This would involve: 1) Identifying shortlists of material to target for digitisation. There is a wealth of material out there that would be of high value if made available generally to researchers but is currently a low priority for in-house digitisation. 2) Seeking permission for commercial reuse. With shortlists of material identified, this could be handled in bulk, reducing the burden on individual researchers. 3) Taking the photos and transcribing at Wikisource. As far as I am aware, all the various state archives are free to use (if you don't use the copying services) so all participants would need would be a camera and some spare time. Thoughts? Such a project would be volunteer-labour-intensive, but it would circumvent the current bottleneck in the digitisation process, namely the limited stock of professional labour engaged in digitisation. I also imagine there would be various groups out there, such as historical societies, who might be interested in contributing if it meant that records of interest to them get digitised. -- Stephen Bain stephen.b...@gmail.com _______________________________________________ Wikimediaau-l mailing list Wikimediaaufirstname.lastname@example.org https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimediaau-l _______________________________________________ Wikimediaau-l mailing list Wikimediaauemail@example.com https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimediaau-l