Every once in a while (at least once a day) we stop and think about what changes we could make to the project that would make keying it easier. For the past few days we have been working on the directories projects. Based on feedback, message board posts and individual emails we realized that there was a need for clarification. After identifying where the trouble areas were we started working with the team (thank you to everyone involved!) to make sure we had the right answers and that we were keying what should be keyed. Yesterday we published the Directories Keying Guidelines – the guidelines outline how multiple name records should be keyed, how to identify the title and include other general keying tips.
Another change we made yesterday was the addition of the Postcards message board. And a few days ago we added the Keying Tool message board. Although the message boards can seem daunting with the hundreds, and thousands of messages, they are a great resource for contributors to discuss the projects they are keying and arbitrating. When you visit the message boards it is a good idea to start at the project specific boards.
We appreciate all you do to contribute to the World Archives Project. We have a great community of contributors!