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From: "David Gray" <>
Subject: Re: Error reporting - transfered from ADMINS
Date: Fri, 28 Jun 2002 20:03:14 +0100
I was thinking along the lines of a number of experienced volunteers who
have access to the scans, proof reading the transcribed files. For example,
once a scan has been transcribed, it could then be allocated to one of the
proof readers for checking. This would be much quicker than double keying,
and should be just as accurate I would have thought. For example, It takes
me one and a half hours to transcribe a scan with 375 records. I could proof
read the same file with BMDVerify in about twenty minutes.
> Hi David
> >Would it not be a good idea for someone to proof read the transcriptions
> >using BMDVerify?
> That's fine if the checker has access to the scan and file, but quite a
> of us work from paper, not scans.
> I see there is potential within / across the scan-based syndicates for
> idea - e.g. for people who are inexperienced in reading Victorian
> handwriting to ask for a 2nd opinion from someone who is more experienced
> part of their 'newbie' phase on the project.
> Any early checking technique sounds like a good idea to me, especially if
> it's easy to do with a good rate of detecting errors and preventing them
> from getting into the database.
> My proofreading style is to use my right hand to move a 'straight edge'
> the file I've transcribed on the screen and my left hand to move a
> edge down the paper original.
> For the screen I use EditPad (Notepad or SpeedBMD in block mode or WinBMD
> would do equally as well) on the screen, with the cursor on the bottom
> that's displayed and reading the top. That way I can use the down arrow to
> step down 1 line at a time.
> The other technique that I use always before starting to proof-reading is
> count the lines in each column and to check I've not missed / double
> anyone. If the actual lines and expected lines mismatch, by doing it for
> each column I know to be on the look-out for a missed line in that column
> I do my proof-reading.
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