I agree with Allison that a project of this magnitude would have seemed overwhelming to me when I started.
However, some of this could be added to Jake's site (sorry, I don't have the URL right now). And maybe have a checklist or frequently asked questions sheet that would point new validators to the various tools you mention.
In that way, new validators could use the checklist as a cookbook to follow while validating their first books, and have places to go to solve problems as they are encountered.
I don't think you need anyone's permission to add things to Jake's site, do you? I've never added anything.
Thanks. Bob----- Original Message ----- From: "Allison" <bookshare_girl@xxxxxxx>
To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> Sent: Monday, October 29, 2007 7:07 PMSubject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: Proposing the Creation of a Validation Starter Kit
I think that a new validator could possibly be overwhelmed by all that. I know I would have been. Interesting idea though.Allison----- Original Message ----- From: "groups Warford" <groups_warford@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> Sent: Monday, October 29, 2007 4:23 PMSubject: [bksvol-discuss] Proposing the Creation of a Validation Starter KitHi all,My name is Cindy, and I'm a new validator to the Bookshare site. In working on my first submission, I find myself in almost total terror that I'm goingto miss something crucial or even minor errors. I know that all of the human scanners are very conscientious and clean up a lot of errorsthemselves, but I feel that it is my place as the validator to perform thisjob. I started thinking, what would help someone like myself, and would like to propose the following for discussion: A Validation Getting Started Packet In my mind I see this packet being a zip file containing: 1) a 1-page document with information such as:A) A pointer to the excellent archive of the class Louise gave on validatingB) A brief explanation of the purpose of the kit C) A summary of what is contained within the starter kit 2) A 10 to 20 page portion of a book which has already been scanned andmarked as excellent. However, for this purpose these pages would be changedto contain errors such as: A) A missing page B) Section break to be replace with a page break C) Some of the common scanning and OCR errors that are already documented D) Several spelling errorsAt the front of this test document, it would clearly state that these errorshave been placed within the pages purposely and through no fault of the original person who scanned the document.3) A document listing the errors within the test document and how to correctthem. 4) A clean copy of the 10-20 pages 5) A copy of the Common Scanning and OCR errors document which already exists 6) A copy of the Bookshare Volunteer Manual7) A document containing steps on how to correct common issues, for example, laying out the steps for replacing a section break with a page break, how to replace em dashes with double dashes, etc. (I've started my own list from discussions in this list file as well as from Louise's class and would ask for input from all of the volunteers for the information they feel should gointo this document) Since I am the one making the proposal, I would be glad to do the work.What I'm asking the people on the list, both validators and scanners alike,is: 1) Do you feel that such a packet would be helpful to others?2) Would you personally have used such a tool if it existed when you startedvalidating?3) Finally, if the consensus is that the packet might be helpful, a pointerto whom I should go to for final approval.Thank you in advance for reading, and I look forward to all opinions, bothpro and con. Also for any other suggestions that any of you might have. Best Regards, Cindy Warford Cindy_warford@xxxxxxxxxxxxx PS: I am on vacation this week and am on dial up, so may not be able to respond quickly, but I will respond as soon as I am able. "Success is loving life and daring to live it". - Maya Angelou To unsubscribe from this list send a blank Email to bksvol-discuss-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxxput the word 'unsubscribe' by itself in the subject line. To get a list of available commands, put the word 'help' by itself in the subject line.To unsubscribe from this list send a blank Email to bksvol-discuss-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxxput the word 'unsubscribe' by itself in the subject line. To get a list of available commands, put the word 'help' by itself in the subject line.-- No virus found in this incoming message.Checked by AVG Free Edition. Version: 7.5.488 / Virus Database: 269.15.6/1086 - Release Date: 10/22/2007 7:57 PM
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