About a week and a half ago we held our first ever virtual keying party. Were you there? We had a few people ask questions, several people share what projects they were working on, and we had more than double the number of records keyed during those few hours than during similar time periods.
Our objectives were to provide you with real time access to World Archives staff and to increase the feeling of community as we sit in our remote locations around the world and contribute to this valuable effort. We feel both objectives were well met.
With that said, we’ve decided to hold a virtual keying party once every month. We will vary the times and days of the week so that all have an opportunity to participate. (We are truly a WORLD Archives Project and don’t want our contributors in other time zones to feel left out.)
So – put it on your calendar now – the next Twitter Keying Party will be held on March 11th from 1:00 to 4:00 PM (Mountain Time). Sign up for a Twitter account if you don’t yet have one. And, we’ll see you on the 11th for more keying fun.
In other news – we have made some updates to the Keying Tool. We will be launching that tomorrow. When you open up your Keying Tool about 24 hours from now you’ll find that it will take a few extra minutes as we update your software. Watch for a blog post from Anna sometime in the next day or two describing the updates in more detail.
Until next time – Happy Keying!