After reading Fi’s post about how much she enjoys carrying out text correction on newspaper articles in Trove, I thought I’d share my experience of doing this. I began in April 2011, and managed to correct articles every month until November 2013. My current tally is 29,503 lines corrected, which puts me at the 590th spot on the leaderboard. At one stage I was in the top 500, but I slipped back when my correcting became less frequent.
I started correcting articles on any old topic – mainly in the early Sydney newspapers, and then I focussed on the suburb where I was living, and the primary school that I went to. I also corrected all the articles I could find on the university where I work. Before I took a break from the correcting, I was (slowly) working through a list of all the Australian Victoria Cross winners, and correcting all the articles that mentioned them. When I first started working on these soldiers, it was interesting to read the accounts of the actions which won them their VC. Howver, I did find that I was correcting the same article over and over again, as it was syndicated through various newspapers around the country. It got to the stage where I could almost type out the article without having to read it too closely. When I get back into it I think I’ll choose a topic that’s a bit more localised, perhaps the early settlers in the area we moved to last year.
Because of my involvement in newspaper correcting, I made sure I attended Paul Hagon’s presentation at Information Online last year on the behaviour of the people who carry out text correcting on Trove. Apparently 48,822 lines of text were corrected on Christmas Day – now that’s dedication for you.
Trove is a great resource, and I’m glad to be doing my part to make the articles on it discoverable for everybody. If you decide to take it up I should warn you that it can get addictive.