Questions arising…

Mac Issues with Google Docs

A few people have indicated problems using Google Docs from their Macs. Safari and Google Docs often don’t work well together, so changing the Browser to Chrome may help. You might also log into your Google account to see if that helps. If staying in Safari, pulling it to the side of the window and making it bigger might help. Do let us know if you are still having trouble!

Finding Lady Ayscough Pages

Be sure to use Google Docs to enter FromthePage with this manuscript in particular. If you click on the page number, it will take you right to the page. We are aware that on FromthePage, the pages look to be just hyphens on the left hand side. But if you look to the upper right hand side, you can see the page number listed there. e.g.  ‘Page 32 of 134’.

Codes

Kim Connor asks: ‘I’m trying to expand a ‘ye’ but when I use the button to tag it I get <expan abbr=””>th</expan>e. The abbr=”” bit isn’t in the example page. Do I just leave it?’

The consensus, as @RCPMuseum just confirmed is: ‘just ignore the additional abbr=”” in the tag. It’s used by some other projects, but not for this one. You can leave it where it is or delete it out. Probably easier just to leave it and skip past.”

There are hot keys to mark unclear text, insertions, and such at the top of the transcribing box. But if you want to work with more codes, please see our FAQ — both the Folgerpedia and Liza Blake’s cheat sheet offer some easy tips!

Join us for our March 4 Transcribathon

4 March 2021
Revealing Recipes: Top Tips from Early Modern Women:

Lady Sedley’s from the RCP and Lady Ayscough’s from the Wellcome Collection

Please join the Early Modern Recipe Online Collective (EMROC), Royal College of Physicians (RCP) and the Wellcome Collection for a one-day manuscript adventure on March 4, from 8am to 4pm EST; 1PM to 9 PM GMT. This worldwide event offers a chance to help make two medical recipe books searchable for users around the globe.

Click Here to Start Transcribing

We’ll be transcribing two fabulous 17th century medical recipe books: Lady Sedley’s from the RCP and Lady Ayscough’s from the Wellcome Collection. Drop in, or stay all day! 

You’ll have the chance to:

  • Discover more about the history of the books direct from experts at the RCP and Wellcome Collection. Check out the Revealing Recipes schedule of online talks and events here, and register for access 10am-noon EST (3-5 pm GMT) during the transcribathon.
  • Learn about early modern recipes and domestic healthcare.
  • Take part in conversations with experts on Twitter, and more.

And all from the comfort of your own home!

For more background on the manuscripts we’re transcribing this year, see our Ayscough Project and Sedley Project pages. There, you can also find useful videos about the manuscripts, as well as links to their the manuscripts in full.

Transcribers will be working around the globe.  Participants will virtually meet scholars from around the world and emerge from the day with a line for their CV—all from their own home, classroom, or office! NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY – we’ll walk you through the coding and offer pointers on the handwriting.

Keep up with the day’s events here on the EMROC webpage, and on Twitter and Zoom. Felix, assistant archivist at the RCP, will also be on hand @RCPMuseum from 9-9:30am EST,  2-2.30pm, to chat about Lady Sedley’s recipe book and the RCP’s other amazing archives.

We are grateful to the Folger Shakespeare Library for providing a customised transcription platform on From the Page for this event. We’ll be posting more on accessing and using the platform soon.

Interested in joining our Transcribathon virtually? Contact Lisa Smith, at lisa.smith@essex.ac.uk or @historybeagle, or jump in on the day.

On this page, please find a series of resources to orient, help, and inform.

Key links

Transcription FAQ and information about Getting Started with Transcription.

EMROC blog (for quick and dirty blog posts as things happen, as well as more thoughtful posts later)

Twitter (for those of us live-tweeting the event, at #EMROCtranscribes; more suggested hasthtags here)

Revealing Recipes Workshop, with live mini-lectures from scholars and librarians. 

Royal College of Physicians event page.

EMROCK 2021 Spotify Playlist

Pre-transcribathon survey so we can learn more about our participants. (Thank you!!!)

New for 2021: Transcribing with FromthePage

This year’s Revealing Recipes Transcribathon on March 4 will be using a newly-customized transcription interface, created through the efforts of the Folger Shakespeare Library and the Wellcome Collection. Whether you’re new to transcribing, or used to the Folger’s Dromio platform, the new interface at FromThePage might be surprising when you first log on, mostly because it’s so streamlined!

Here’s a quick look at the interface. Click here for a bigger version.

As you can see, the emphasis is on getting the text transcribed into the box on the right. There are a few buttons for inserting tags, but working with the words themselves is the main focus. Tag as much or as little as you like, and, yes, we’ll soon be linking to full instructions on how to use them if you want a peek ahead of time.

Curious? Visit https://fromthepage.com and take a look! While you’re there, click the “Sign Up to Transcribe” button so you’ll be ready to go on March 4.

Why the new interface? It’s an effort by the Folger and the Wellcome to develop an interface that reflects a shared set of encoding principles for manuscript transcription, and which makes the products of crowdsourced work easier to integrate into online resources. 

As Adrian Plau of the Wellcome explains it: “Wellcome Collection is currently working to bring together all of our digital services and content in one place, wellcomecollection.org. A part of this work is to streamline the ways we display and share manuscript cataloguing metadata, resulting in increased accessibility and discoverability. The From The Page transcription platform allows exports with the potential to blend seamlessly with a variety of digital and print sources. For more on Wellcome Collection’s One Website work, see the following posts: https://stacks.wellcomecollection.org/one-website-for-wellcome-collection-museum-and-library-935b0bde889b