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You may have noticed a few changes to By the People this week. On Monday we released Concordia version 0.4.17, which includes updates and new features we’re really excited about!

 

  • Improved review workflow!  When reviewing, you’ll see a new dialogue box when you “Accept” an item. After accepting you can keep reviewing by selecting "Review a new page" from the message dialogue. If you are reviewing and choose to edit an item, you will also be able to choose to keep reviewing.
  • You can also start reviewing from the homepage carousel. Click “Let’s go!” from the Review panel in the carousel to go directly to an item in need of review.
  • If you submit a page for review, you can reopen that transcription for editing (as long as it has not already been accepted as complete). This change comes by popular request, so we’re especially excited to hear what you think!
  • Our “Latest” page has been removed. News and press, previously found there are moving to “About”.
  • The page status "Submitted for Review" has been changed to "Needs Review".
  • We also added explanations of what you can do below each status in the transcription interface, with friendly dash of encouragement.
  • Print-friendly stylesheet for transcription page. Check this out by visiting any transcription (though completed transcriptions offer the best use case for this feature). Right click in the interface then choose “Print” (or just hit ctrl + p) to see a preview and print the page.
  • Finally, we made some investments in the behind-the-scenes architecture of the site to improve the code structure, site performance, and accessibility for screen readers.

 

A reminder that Concordia is the open source crowdsourcing platform built by the Library of Congress for By the People. We will release code updates regularly and will continue to share those changes here and in our e-newsletter!

 

Not seeing an improvement that's on your wishlist? You can see what we’re working on AND add your own bug and feature tickets by visiting our Github.

We've published the first batch of By the People #LetterstoLincoln transcriptions! That's right, your work is already searchable in the Library of Congress website. Less than three months after the launch of By the People, we have published 781 transcribed pages. There are actually several thousand other completed pages, but we started with this test batch from Letters to Lincoln. Browse them by following this link or searching for "project at crowd.loc.gov" in the search field at loc.gov.

 

It is very important to us that we acknowledge your work, so there is an attribution banner and a short sentence in the text file stating that the transcription was produced by project volunteers.

 

As you might have guessed, volunteers are transcribing at an amazing rate. To keep up with demand we released #LettersToLincoln pages from 1863 in January and just last week opened 1864 as well.  Only one project remains unavailable, 1865-1889: Assassination and aftermath. What will you find in these pages? Keep transcribing and we’ll unlock this last fascinating segment of Lincoln’s life soon!