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A LibCrowds project encapsulates a set of similar tasks. For example, transcribing the the dates shown on a set of images. This section contains guides that explain how to create and configure projects.

Who can create projects?

Projects can be created by all registered users. The final publication of all projects is subject to approval by LibCrowds administrators. Users can edit their own projects, or any where the owner has explicitly given them co-owner rights, whereas LibCrowds administrators retain the rights to edit all projects.

By allowing all users to create projects, those particularly interested in identifying specific information not already being captured by the platform can setup projects to enable this. For example, a project could be created to capture all of the ticket prices shown in a particular volume of digitised playbills. The resulting datasets will be made available for download via the platform.

How are projects created?

Projects are generated from templates that contain information used to configure a task. Creating these templates is probably the most complex stage of the process. However, once created, a template can be used to more easily generate multiple projects of the same type. To follow on with the example above, a template designed to capture information about ticket prices could be reused to generate many projects, for a selection of volumes, without having to configure the task every time. All templates are available for use by all registered users.

How are volumes defined?

Volumes provide the input for projects, for example, a set of images. The volumes available for each collection microsite are maintained by LibCrowds administrators.

Next steps

The first stage is to check if a template is already available for the type of project you want to create and, if not, create one. Visit the Templates section to find out more.

If a suitable template does exist, you can find out how to use it to generate a new project by reading the New Project guide.