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Beyond Words

Try It!

Published September 2017

ANNOUNCEMENT: Beyond Words will begin to come to a close on June 1, 2020. When we have exported, prepared, and made available all of the data, it will no longer be available as an active website. However, the data created in the application, the image gallery, and the codebase will remain available. We’ll also summarize what we learned from this experiment, along with some extra ideas for digging into the data. If you contributed to the project, thank you for sharing your time and feedback with us!

The Library of Congress invites you to help us in the effort to take newspapers Beyond Words. Join us to identify and improve information about the pictures within the Chronicling America digitized newspaper collection. This brand-new pilot project offers the opportunity to explore historical newspaper coverage of World War I and contribute to digital scholarship at the same time.

What is Beyond Words? It is a website where you can try one or more of three tasks: Mark, Transcribe, Verify. In each step, you will create information and identify images in ways that can be used by everyone: the public, researchers, artists and more.

Beyond Words was created by Tong Wang, a Library of Congress software developer, as an Innovator-in-Residence project with LC Labs and is made possible with the support of the Serials and Publications Division, and the Office of the Chief Information Officer.

How can I explore the data? Browse the public-domain Beyond Words gallery to see what you and other participants have selected and transcribed. You can also download and use the data from Beyond Words as JSON. We hope that educators, researchers, and artists will take advantage of the ability to better explore and create with our collection.

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