Decoding the Civil War : End

It is with sorrow that I announce the shuttering of Decoding the Civil War. As many are aware, Decoding the Civil War has been on pause since January 2018. We first attempted to build a new crowdsourcing interface, called Phase 2, building on the hard-earned transcripts from you, our faithful volunteers. This interface asked that volunteers work with individual telegrams, identifying specific metadata such as the sender, recipient, date sent, time received, etc.

However, this tagging of individual telegrams ran into significant technical difficulties. Therefore, in respect to our volunteers, and after time and effort had been spent trying to fix the technical issues, it was decided this past June follow a new path. We will instead extract through text mining the data required. We are optimistic about the results as we are using the clean transcriptions you valiantly produced in Phase 1.

All our volunteers have done great work, and that work will continue to help and inform researchers for some time to come. You can see your hard work on the Huntington Digital Library in the Thomas T. Eckert Papers at: https://hdl.huntington.org/digital/collection/p16003coll11.

I am very happy to have known and worked with you, our volunteers. Your fervor, your determination, your industry, made Decoding the Civil War a great success.

One last time, three cheers for our volunteers!

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Huzzah!  Huzzah!  Huzzah!

 

Sincerely,

Mario Einaudi

Decoding the Civil War Lead

One response to “Decoding the Civil War : End”

  1. Craig R Miller says :

    Hi Mario,

    Thank you for your wonderfully combined obituary and eulogy for Decoding the Civil War.

    Phase 1 is something I still miss; Phase 2 was certainly a reach but well worth exploring and was obviously done with your usual deep commitment.

    You and your Huntington team ran a very professional and yet fun Zooniverse project that paid minute attention to volunteer’s questions and suggestions. I can’t imagine volunteers receiving better support anywhere.

    Please give my best regards to everyone involved. Thank you all for a fascinating project.

    I wish you all the best of luck with the new data-extraction plan.

    Craig

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