Help us proofread scanned articles

Digitizing paper archives is a tedious process. First we use a scanner to generate image files (PDF), and then we process the images with Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software to generate text files. The OCR software is smart, but it makes mistakes. So we still need humans to carefully weed out errors and adjust formatting. The Editor is already doing this, but the archives are far too large for a single person to process.

How you can help

  1. Look over our short guide to Markdown to get a feel for how it works.

  2. Browse the archives and find an interesting article in a PDF file that hasn’t been converted yet.

  3. Get the computer-generated text for the PDF file: look for a link titled “komputile rekonita teksto”.

  4. Copy and paste the portion of the text for your article into a text editor (like Wordpad for Windows or TextEdit for macOS). Carefully proofread and compare it to the PDF original, fixing scan errors and (if possible) adding Markdown formatting. Don’t bother fixing errors present in the original, however: you can leave those as-is.

  5. Send the proofed text to bulteno at esperanto-usa dot org. You can put the text in the body of the message, or include it as a .TXT attachment. (Don’t forget to mention which issue the article appeared in!)

  6. Bask in the glory of having helped preserve a piece of history! To receive an update when your article is added to the archives — along with announcements of newly scanned PDF files — subscribe to our RSS feed laste bitigitaj.

Multan dankon!