Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Web Secret #359: Operation War Diary
Check out Zooniverse, a website that enables everyone to participate in legitimate online science projects.
For example, you can:
Explore Mars - help planetary scientists discover what the weather is like on the red planet.
Classify over 30 years of tropical cyclone data.
Spy on penguins for science - tag and monitor penguins in remote regions to help scientists understand their lives and environment.
There is a project for everyone.
I love history and so was immediately drawn to Operation War Diary. As the website explains, "the story of the British Army on the Western Front during the First World War is waiting to be discovered in 1.5 million pages of unit war diaries. We need your help to reveal the stories of those who fought in the global conflict that shaped the world we live in today."
Sign me up.
Everything about this research project is state of the art. A 10 minute tutorial teaches you how to digitally classify each diary page by date, place, subject and other indicators. And then you can choose to analyze any one of hundreds of diaries.
What's in it for the world?
Data gathered through Operation War Diary will be used for three main purposes:
1. to enrich The National Archives' catalogue descriptions for the unit war diaries
2. to provide evidence about the experience of named individuals in IWM's Lives of the First World War project
3. to present academics with large amounts of accurate data to help them gain a better understanding of how the war was fought
What's in it for me?
I think you know.