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Distributed Proofreaders (06 Feb 2003 at 17:46)
Distributed Proofreaders is a relatively fun but actually productive way to kill time. DP provides support for Project Gutenberg, which is a large collection (7000) of public domain books (of all sorts). At Distributed Proofreaders you look at some OCR text of a page, along with the graphic of the page, and you correct the errors that you see. So you get to read snippets of really old books (my favorite so far was a catalogue of strawberries called Success With Small Fruits), and Gutenberg (and the rest of the world) gets them archived digitally forever.

Right now there are a bunch of cool books being proofread, including HG Wells, Hans Christian Andersen, Alexandre Dumas (in French), and the Encyclopedia Britannica. They go pretty fast, though!


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