By Tim Causer, on 20 May 2014
We were thrilled to learn that this week sees the launch of the Edvard Munch Museum’s online transcription platform, which is an adapted version of the TB Transcription Desk wiki developed by the University of London Computer Centre. Via the Edvard Munch Texts Digital Archive you can access the first batch of the 5,482 letters owned by the Museum, and transcribe them. The Munch team have adapted the transcription toolbar used in Transcribe Bentham to allow the marking-up of names, places and so forth, as well as TEI XML. Most of these letters are in German and the Scandinavian languages, and so the website is mainly in Norwegian and German.
Needless to say, we are delighted to see the Transcription Desk being reconfigured in this way. If you are thinking of crowdsourcing the transcription of a manuscript collection the code for the Transcription Desk is available on an open source basis, and do email us if we can provide any advice on implementing it or if you have any questions. Code re-use has always been an ambition for us all at Transcribe Bentham, and we wish our colleagues at the Munch Museum nothing but success with their transcription platform!