Crowdsourcing To Transcribe The New York Public Library’s Menu Archives

Crowdsourcing To Transcribe The New York Public Library’s Menu Archives

The library is asking the public to help transcribe its collection of digitized menus to make a it a fully searchable database.

Timothy Ryan, PSFK Labs
  • 27 april 2011

The New York Public Library has turned to crowdsourcing for its arduous task of transcribing 10,000 restaurant menus in the library’s online gallery. Its menu collection is housed in the Rare Books Division and is already a quarter digitized, growing to over 40k menus since 1900. The effort will turn the digitized collection into a fully searchable database that can be browsed by dish, beverage or price as well as name and date.

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