Omeka + Scripto — Transcriber’s Role

How to Transcribe

Register for a Scripto (MediaWiki) account by following instructions on the Scripto homepage of the website or login to your existing account. Most projects require transcribers to register and login in order to begin transcription. Registration and login enable transcribers to create watchlists  in order to follow selected Scripto items, view their recently contributed documents that are not on watchlists, and help editors ensure site quality. (You may test drive Omeka + Scripto here.)

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Figure 6

Select the name of the file at the bottom of the item page under “Transcribe this Item.” (You may also begin transcribing a item by linking directly to the Scripto project through your website, clicking on “recent changes” and selecting an item from that listing.) A new window opens which includes a media viewer/player, a transcription form, and a variety of features for working with the material. The file to be transcribed appears in the media viewer (See Figure 6).

  • View document and image files using Use the magnifier to zoom in and out. Drag the item within the viewer window to reposition it.
  • Select “previous page” or “next page” to view content of multiple-paged items.
  • Select “Current Page Transcription” menu beneath the item to be transcribed to begin transcribing or to view the history of the item you have selected.
  • Select “edit.” This opens the transcription field where you will enter your text.
      • If the document requires special formatting, select “wiki formatting help” beneath the transcription window to link to prescribed markup.
      • When you are finished, select “edit transcription” to save your work.
  • Select “history” to view the sequence of changes to the item you have selected beginning with the most recent. Each row contains  information about changes, including:
      • a comparison of current and previous transcriptions
      • the date and time of the change
      • the identity of the author
      • the extent of the change
      • the nature of the completed action (edited, created).

 

Discuss Transcriptions

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Figure 7

Are there questions or comments about the item you’re transcribing?

  • Select the “Show Discussion” option under the media viewer. The item appears in a new window.
  • Select “edit” next to “Current Page Discussion” to open a discussion field (See Figure 7).
  • Enter your comments or questions in that field.
  • Select [edit discussion] to save your comments. Your comments will then appear below the discussion window.

When you are finished commenting, select “show transcription” to return to the “current page transcription.”

  • Current page discussion also enables you to view the history of discussion about the item you’re working on, beginning with the most recent comments. Each row contains information about changes, including:
      • the current and previous discussion
      • the date and time of the change
      • the identity of the author
      • the extent of the changethe action to the discussion (edited, created)

 

How to Manage Transcriptions with Scripto Features

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Transcribers may use Scripto features to view the recent changes to items in a project,  to view an item with associated metadata, and to view files and associated metadata linked to an item (See Figure 8). Scripto tools allow transcribers to revise transcriptions, to revert to earlier transcription versions, and to create watch lists in order to follow collaborative work on selected items.

View recent changes to all items in the Scripto project with the most recent first. Each row contains information about the change to a single item (See Figure 9): the type of change (created, edited, protected, etc.)

Figure 9

Figure 9

  • “diff” allows you to view and compare differences between a selected transcribed version of an item and the  preceding version;
  • “hist” lists the transcription versions, or history, of the selected item. If you prefer to revert to an earlier version of the transcription, select the date of that iteration. When the item opens, select “Revert to this revision” beneath the text
  • the name of the document page (the Omeka file name). Clicking on this link opens the item in the media viewer/player
  • the date and time of the change
  • the extent of the change
  • the identity of the user who created the page
  • the title of the document (the Omeka item title). Clicking on this link opens the item file and associated metadata.
      • “View item” opens the current file page as it appears in Omeka.
      • “View file” opens the current item file page and metadata associated with that item.

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Figure 10

Transcribers who are logged into a Scripto account in Omeka may add an item to a watch list in order to follow subsequent changes to an item of interest. Items flagged for your watchlist and their histories are linked under “Your Watchlist” in the Scripto bar (See Figure 10). To add an item to your watchlist

  • Select the name of a file at the bottom of the item’s show page, under “Transcribe This Item.”
  • Select “Watch page” under “Current Page Transcription to add the item to “Your watchlist.”
  • Select the link “Your watchlist” in the Scripto tool bar above the media viewer to access your watch list and view actions to items you’ve placed there, with the most recent first. Each row contains information about the change:
        • the type of change (edited, created, etcetera) Select “hist”  next to the change to view revisions to a watchlist item
        • the name of the item
        • the time and date of the change
        • who made the change
        • the item title
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