Getting Started: Overview of the Citizen Archivist Dashboard

Getting Started: Overview of the Citizen Archivist Dashboard


Welcome Citizen Archivists! Today we’re going to show you around the
Citizen Archivist Dashboard located at archives.gov/citizen-archivist We’ll show you how to register and get started,
select Citizen Archivist Missions and learn how to contribute. Let’s begin on the Register and Get Started
page. Click here to start. The first thing you should do is register
for an account in the National Archives Catalog. We can click through on this button to begin
the process. You want to create a user name, which is what
will be displayed to the public. You include your full name here. If you wish your full name to be displayed
to the public, check this box. Include your email, create a password, retype
your password and then click register. You will receive an email from us. Please reply to confirm your account. Be sure to read the Privacy Policy. Once you’ve registered for your account
in the National Archives Catalog, you are ready to learn about the three ways you can
contribute to the Catalog. On this page we describe the three ways you
can contribute and some hints and tips on how to do it. You can tag, you can transcribe and you can
make comments. Ok Citizen Archivists, you’re ready to begin! Let’s click on Citizen Archivist Missions
to find records to start working on. On this page we provide Missions which are
groups of records on a certain topic that we want you to transcribe, tag, tag and transcribe
or make comments on. This list rotates often so come back and try
to find something that appeals to you. We always have a section called Don’t Leave
Us Hanging. In this section we provide a list of records
that have not been completed. If you’d like to help us finish the job,
jump in and finish transcribing. The middle section of this page features World
War I missions. We are commemorating the US entry into the
Great War and we’re looking for help tagging and transcribing records about World War I. Further down the page, is something called
Featured Records. Here, we list individual records that need
help with transcription. They don’t necessarily fall into a larger
group to make a mission, but they are still really interesting records. Check them out. They might be long, they might be short, but
you’ll certainly find something that will be interesting. As a new citizen archivist, you probably have lots of questions. We created a page called Frequently Asked Questions, or FAQs It’s filled with questions asked by citizen archivists like you If you’re confused, take a look here. We might have answered your question already.

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