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Civil War crowdsourcing project goes viral

Woo, hoo! We’ve been slashdotted. This is when a popular website (in this case,, an enormous online community where contributors share web content that others may find interesting, enlightening, etc.) links to a smaller site (in this case, our Civil War Diaries transcription project) causing a huge influx of web traffic that overwhelms theContinue reading “Civil War crowdsourcing project goes viral”

Commemorating Civil War sesquicentennial with digital collection & crowdsourcing effort

University of Iowa Libraries has launched a new exhibition and digital collection to commemorate the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, and it’s enlisting the help of a few good men and women (well, lots, really) to help make the collection even more accessible and useful. The exhibition, “‘Now Do Not Let Your Courage Fail’: VoicesContinue reading “Commemorating Civil War sesquicentennial with digital collection & crowdsourcing effort”

Dear Diary

We were delighted to run across this blog post from writer, editor, and UI alum Alison Feldmann on the IDL’s Historic Iowa Children’s Diaries digital collection. We have a deep love for historic diaries as well, and we’re currently hard at work developing a site that will allow the public to help enhance our collections through “crowdsourcing” or collaborative transcriptionContinue reading “Dear Diary”