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The Phoenix Project Transcription Process

The process of transcribing a page of Phoenix's book is rather complicated. The way I do it is described below. I use as an example the transcription of page 2470.


Step 1: Scan the page to be done. Resulting image.


Step 2: Run optical character recognition (OCR) software, Textbridge Plus, version 1.0C. Resulting file. NOTE: I no longer have a working version of this software.--RLW


Step 3: Train the OCR software by making corrections of dubious words.

Line Original Correction Comments
1 2470 2470 OK
1 Generahon. Generation. typical error
2 (NICk•ion) (Nickerson) trouble with bold

face

2 wiaro. Wiard. upper vs. lower case
2 '9,45 19145 numerical problem
3 20311 20311 OK
3 Je~I. Jessie trouble with bold face
3 N.Y., N. Y., spacing problem
3 r8yo. 1870. numerical problem
4 Rusmil Russell trouble with bold face
4 (cilbert) (Gilbert) trouble with bold face
4 19163 19163 OK
5 Olin, Olin, OK
5 Clinton, Clinton, OK
5 N.Y., N. Y., spacing problem
5 Oct. Oct. OK
5 Co., Co., OK
5 £8~. 1869 numerical problem
6 Clinton, Clinton, OK
6 N.Y., N. Y., spacing problem
6 r8yi. 1871. numerical problem
7 N. N. OK
7 £4 14 numerical problem
7 £872. 1872. numerical problem
8 20315 20315 OK
8 il-leph Joseph trouble with bold face
8 N.Y., N. Y., spacing problem
9 Child Child OK
9 Annl~ Annie trouble with bold face
9 Iaui~ Louise trouble with bold face
9 oilisrt Gilbert trouble with bold face
9 iq'66 19166 numerical problem
10 20316 20316 OK
10 '£4 114 numerical problem
10 N.Y., N. Y., spacing problem
11 '874. 1874. numerical problem

Resulting file.


Step 4: Rearrange blocks of text and remove extraneous space. Resulting file.


Step 5: Run spell checker and correct errors.

Line Original Correction Comment
2 Nickerson -- proper name
3 Wiard -- proper name
3 Patterson -- proper name
4 Chil -- abbreviation
4 tucy Lucy
4 Olin -- proper name
5 CIib.rt Gilbert bold face problem
9 H.rman Herman bold face problem
9 Olibert Gilbert bold face problem
10 Cilbert Gilbert bold face problem
10 Balehen Balchen

Resulting file.


Step 6: Proofreading.

Line Original Correction Comment
2 Jan. Jane bold face problem
4 or of
7 In. III.

Resulting file.


Step 7: Insert text blocks and page links into HTML template. Resulting file.


Step 8: Insert HTML header and footer templates. Resulting file.


Step 9: Copy the transcribed page and paste it in the edit window for [[Archive:The Whitney Family of Connecticut, page 2470]], preview it, and save it. Resulting page.


Step 10: Edit the Phoenix Project index page to reflect the additional pages added.


Copyright © 2005, 2006, Robert L. Ward and the Whitney Research Group

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