The genealogy community is a worldwide one as very much evidenced by this blogging collaboration.
When I started researching in 1986, there was still the sense of community even though in those days we communicated by mail, writing the letter, posting it and then waiting and waiting, checking the letter-box each day, waiting some more then an envelope arrives with English stamps. Your heart started racing and you frequently opened the letter at the mailbox (well, I did) and checked the contents and then disappeared inside and checked your files and maybe dinner was cooked that night (yes, I am a single person) or maybe not.
I did some indexing for a couple of Family History Societies which took some time with turnaround of the mails. I also did indexing for my local societies.
Over the years I have given many thanks for everybody that has done indexing and made access to resources easier.
The implementation of the international computer network initially with bulletin boards where we shared text files of indexes we had done then the Internet as we know it today has made international collaborative indexing projects very possible.
Some of these are done with images being sent by email or people transcribing documents such as the Will Transcription project being done by the Oxfordshire Family History Society where they have put online transcribed wills searchable by name and place.
Others are done online such as the Queensland State Library: PitchIn project which is digitising and tagging historical Queensland documents.There are other opportunities like this where you could help with West Australian transcription &
indexing projects :: http://www.virtualvolunteering.com.au
Of course FamilySearch is the best known of the indexing projects where individuals or groups can go online and index documents. They are setting up a new indexing platform which will allow you to index using your iPad or Android tablets. The below graphic was taken from the FamilySearch site today showing what can be done by many volunteers around the world. With 203 current open projects there is sure to be something which you would find interesting.
The statistics are amazing and shows the true power of people when they
work together! It doesn't matter if how many or how few one person is
able to do, it all counts to make fantastic resources available to all.
What is even more fantastic now is the range of documents that are being transcribed and indexed, many of which are of specialist interest rather than some of the mega-use documents digitised and indexed by the pay sites. Many smaller libraries are able to use online programs and have volunteers around the world transcribe wonderful resources.
Do you know of specialist projects being done online that are looking for volunteers who can work at home?
It would be lovely if there was a central place that listed online volunteer opportunities so the smaller societies/libraries and archives could get help in these times of cutbacks.