Heritage Helpers is Vitec Memorix unique crowd sourcing platform. Vitec Memorix is a dutch company active in providing access to heritage collections for museums of museums, archives and libraries at home and abroad.
Interested in history? A passion for the past? Or a fan of family history research? Then become a volunteer at Heritage Helpers! And help make collections accessible from behind your own computer, at a time that suits you. Anyone can contribute. Experience is not necessary.
What is Heritage Helpers?
Heritage Helpers is a crowdsourcing website of Vitec Memorix where archives and museums offer their digitized collections for access to the general public. The aim is to make collections searchable in this way and to ensure that they come online quickly. Because "indexing" is extremely time-consuming, it appeals to volunteers who enjoy working with historical documents.
The requested activities may differ per project. In many cases this involves retyping information in fields that can be seen next to the scan, for example: name, date, place of residence. But there are also projects where you are asked to provide photos with a description, to recognize old manuscripts, to georeference maps. etc. You can choose which projects you want to participate in. All scans are distributed twice to different participants and then checked. Making a mistake is therefore not a problem. You can also go to the forum with questions, where other volunteers and project leaders are happy to help you.
What do you get in return?
There are volunteers who have entered over 20.000 scans. There are also volunteers who like to enter a scan from time to time. Anything goes! Your efforts are rewarded with Heritage Helpers credits. You can exchange these credits for coupons that you can use to(for instance) order a large downloaded image or access to an exhibition.
Vitec Memorix: retaining collections
Naturally, you want to store the digitized recordings of your collection or archive properly, sustainably and securely. An online location that is boarded up in accordance with all laws and regulations and with which you can easily share the collection.
Vitec Memorix: managing collections
How do you safely and smartly manage a digital collection or archive? How do you ensure that your digital image bank, archive or depot is properly searchable and remains, plus is interchangeable with other collections? Vitec Memorix thinks along, designs and takes care of everything.
Vitec Memorix: enriching and opening up collections
Search faster in an archive or collection? Add information to a collection? Want to boost education and research? Finding a new audience? Picturae likes co-creation: together we find the best solution to enrich and open up the collection.
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