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DigiVol Volunteers - Virtual role

Australian Museum

DigiVol volunteers can volunteer online from the comfort of their own homes.

DigiVol enables volunteers from around the world to transcribe handwritten diaries, scientist notebooks and specimen labels, as well as identify location data. The DigiVol website originated at the Australian Museum but is now being used by many more institutions around the world.

DigiVol volunteers transcribe specimen labels and diaries to turn this data into a digital form. By doing this volunteers are helping museums and universities open up their research material to everyone online. The data has many uses but most important is that it can help scientists and planners better understand, utilise, manage and conserve our precious biodiversity.

Volunteers need a computer and internet access to participate in volunteering with DigiVol. The data usage for DigiVol would be 1-2 MB per task. Some volunteers can do up to 100 tasks a day but average is about 40-50 a day.

Volunteers will require good written English, and the ability to read various styles of handwriting.

Benefits: Volunteers on the site say they feel that it is a rewarding experience knowing that the information they capture becomes accessible to scientists, conservation agencies and government departments across the country who can then work together to better understand, manage and conserve our precious biodiversity.