Scripto opens up the possibilities of community transcription for digital humanities projects in universities, libraries, archives, and museums. With easy-to-implement extensions for the popular open source content management system, including Omeka, WordPress, and Drupal, Scripto allows administrators for any project with collection materials requiring a transcription can now enlist a community of enthusiasts to participate in this aspect of cultural heritage work.

Scripto is an open-source tool that permits registered users to view digital files and transcribe them with an easy-to-use toolbar, rendering that text searchable. The tool includes a versioning history and editorial controls to make public contributions more manageable, and supports the transcription of a wide range of file types (both images and documents).

Developed by the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, Scripto was funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Archives and Records Administration’s National Historical Publications and Records Commission.


  • Sharon M. Leon (Director) is Director of Public Projects at CHNM.  She is responsible for the project vision, testing partner relations, staff, technology development and evaluation.
  • Jim Safley (Lead Programmer) is a Software Developer and Metadata Specialist at CHNM.  He is responsible for the design and development of the software library and the extensions that enable its operation within popular content management systems.
  • Ken Albers (Web Designer) is a Web Developer at CHNM.  He is responsible for Scripto’s design implementation with CHNM projects.
  • Kim Nguyen (Web Designer) is a Web Designer at CHNM. She designed the Scripto site.
  • James Halabuk (Project Manager) is a Digital History Associate at CHNM.  He is overseeing the implementation of the tool with CHNM projects, for conducting user-testing and evaluation with internal and external partners, and for creating end-user documentation.
  • Lee Ann Ghajar (Contributing Editor) is a Digital History Associate at CHNM. She contributed to the creation of the end-user documentation.

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Scripto is a free, open source tool for enabling community transcriptions of document and multimedia files.