‘I thought the transcribing project was a lot more fun than I expected. Reading and working with primary materials really brought lecture topics and readings to life.’
‘Working with dúchas.ie felt good. It wasn’t busy work, and we got to contribute to an important cause.’
We are inviting users of the site to transcribe, on a voluntary basis, the stories that were collected as part of the Schools’ Collection. We hope that this work will increase community participation in the project and that it will improve accessibility of the material as well.
This will also result in the ability to search the text of transcribed stories in their entirety as opposed to viewing the manuscripts as images only.
Crowdsourced transcription is a recognised approach that helps digital humanities projects to make valuable archive material more accessible to the public. As a result of the Meitheal’s efforts these texts will become available to researchers and others across the globe in a fully searchable format. Crowdsourced transcription is a team effort and Meitheal members will be working together to open up this treasure trove of folklore. Participants will be able to access each others’ work, and improve it if appropriate, while there will also be opportunities to discuss aspects of the project on social media. The Irish Folkore Commission was reliant on the goodwill and generosity of the public while the Schools’ Collection and others were being compiled. Meitheal Dúchas.ie continues that tradition.
You can log in or register here, and see the results here. We will keep members of the Meitheal informed of progress by email, Twitter and Facebook, and on the projects blog. We welcome suggestions on how the interface can be improved; this is just the initial version.
This is an opportunity for you to help with the dissemination of this valuable material and to obtain a deeper insight into the Schools’ Collection. If you are a teacher or lecturer we would be delighted to help you use this facility in the classroom. If you are a researcher who is transcribing Schools’ Collection material for your own research, why not make your transcriptions available to the public?
The transcribed material is being provided subject to a CC-BY-NC 4.0 licence and participation in the Meitheal is on that understanding. If you come across any unsuitable material in the transcriptions, contact us and we will look into it without delay.
There are a couple of issues listed below that often cause problems for those unaccustomed to the gaelic script:
‘Cuireann siad ar a gcosa é’
These guidelines will be expanded upon as we get feedback from the Meitheal. Below you will find the Irish-language alphabet, in both gaelic and roman script, along with some sample transcribed texts.
‘Tá bataí ag fás ar an talamh. Agus sé an t-ainm atá ortha na bataí buidhe. Agus tá léigheas piantaí cnámh ionta. Cuireann daoine síos cupa ar an teinidh. Agus cuireann siad uisge ann fosta, agus bíonn an t-uisge ag guil nuair a chuireann siad síos na bataí buidhe ann. Agus baineann siad guil asta. Agus cuireann siad ar a gcosa é nó cé bith áit a mbíonn an phian ortha.’
‘Bhí tailliúr ann fadó darb ainm Micilín Ruadh. Lá amháin agus é ‘in a shuidhe ar an mbord ag fuagháil tháinigh éan isteach agus céard a rinne an táilliúr acht an tsáthadh a chaitheamh air agus é a mharbhughadh.
‘Sin urchar maith’ ar seisean leis féin ‘déanfaidh mé saighdiúir maith ins an gcogad. D’imthigh leis agus chuaidh isteach i dteach. Chonnaic sé cuilleóga i bpota suibh. Shíl sé gur capall a bhí ann agus céard a rinne sé acht na cuilleóga go léir a mharbhú’.
There is more information on the gaelic script at these links