29 November 2012

Yiddish Goes Digital (with a Little Help from Its Friends)

Crowdsourcing Project Will Create Transatlantic Labor History Archive

Do you know Yiddish? An innovative new project is seeking Yiddish-speakers to help create an archive of journals and newspapers from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Participants in the project simply register, select a journal and type translations into a text box. Perfect translations are not required; an overall sense of the documents and the content is more important.

After pages are digitized and translated, they are available — free and completely searchable — on the project’s wiki. Recently translated passages show up right next to their scanned pages. Read the full announcement from Cornell University.