uScript Overview

The various designers of uScript envisioned the program as an easy and effective way to search and transcribe the manuscripts of the Venice State Archive, or potentially any archive around the world. To begin, a user would query the server of the Archive, using already established metadata search standards. If the Archive has a page that matches these standards, then the server will respond to the query, and a downloadable image will be available to the user. The Transcription Assistant feature of uScript is responsible for helping a user create a digital transcription of a particular manuscript. It uses adjustable boxes to frame words or phrases, which can then be transcribed by the user. The completed transcription would then be sent back to the uScript server, and linked to the original page for reference by subsequent users. Additional completed transcriptions allow users to search using both metadata standards and actual transcription keywords.

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