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Crowd sourcing projects

Help make our digital collections discoverable. We are looking for your help to transcribe, locate, tag and describe our material.  Watch this space for future projects. 

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Photograph of leather bound journals and diaries
World War 1 Diaries

This exciting project was completed with the help of crowd sourcing and volunteers.

The State Library of NSW released 50,000 pages of digitised World War One diaries for the public to transcribe. This unique collection of soldiers’ intimate accounts of war has been included on the UNESCO Australian Memory of the World Register.

Having just completed the major digitisation of its entire collection of World War One diaries and letters, 180,000 pages, made possible through the support of the NSW Government, the Library has launched its very own purpose built transcription tool.

Map geo-referencing

Are you interested in local history and old maps? Would you like to see how the streets and suburbs of Sydney have changed over the past 100 years? Help us place a selection of digitised maps of Sydney!

Using our online mapping tool you can quickly create an overlay of an old map on top of current mapping and compare the past with the present. In our first geo-referencing project we are featuring around 1,000 maps of inner Sydney. Many of the streets have changed names or even disappeared. Identifying the locations can be like solving a puzzle.

Your name will be credited for any contribution you make and your efforts will significantly improve public access to these collections. Contributors can see the results of their work, as well as the progress of the pilot and other participants.

Find out how to get started on the Georeferencing website.