Project Gutenberg’s distributed proofreaders

About 4 years ago, I signed up to a Pledgebank pledge that said I would edit 100 pages for Project Gutenberg’s Distributed Proofreaders site. Project Gutenberg’s aim is to digitize and make available electronic versions of texts, and it is a volunteer-driven organisation.

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Copyright: 2008, Florida Center for Instructional Technology

I didn’t stick to my pledge 4 years ago – I signed up and proofed a few pages and never went back. I was reminded of the project recently as I was thinking about crowdsourcing and realised that it also tied in well with my interest in OER (Open educational resources). I reactivated my account and gave it another shot. My first job out of college was as a proof-reader of academic journals, so it is bringing back some memories. I’ve contributed a few more pages – about early 20th century mechanical pumps, a victorian drama, and about riverside nature. I am one of 1395 proofreaders who have been active in the last 7 days, and so far this month 44 texts have been published.If there’s anyone else out there who has a bit of spare time and an eye for detail, have a look at www.pgdp.net and see if you can help out.