Virginia Chronicle: Digital Newspaper Archive

Crowdsourced User Text Correction allows members of the public to help improve the searchability of this collection by correcting errors in the text of the digitized newspapers. Saving these corrections to the collection database improves the accuracy of the text, which enables better search results and a richer experience for all users.

When a newspaper or other text document is prepared for display online, Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software is used to generate searchable text. On some occasions, the text can be difficult for the software to accurately register - for example, a torn or water damaged document may have some illegible or missing sections. Likewise, small fonts, out of focus scans and fading can all result in OCR text that is not 100% accurate.

Text correction allows Virginia Chronicle users to assist in improving the searchability of the newspapers by correcting errors in the text of the digitized newspapers.

We welcome new contributors to our User Text Correction community. Anyone can participate as long as they have created an account and logged in.

OCR text corrections are saved to the database and will improve the service for all users by increasing the accuracy of search results.

There are two ways you can begin to correct text. From the document viewer:

  • Select the article or page you want to correct. This will display the text in the left pane of the document viewer. Click on the "Correct this text" link that appears above this text.
  • Right-click on the article or page image and select "Correct article text" or "Correct page text" from the options pop-up window.

The text correction interface is split into two parts: the right side shows the page images that make up the document, and the left side is used for editing the lines of text.

When you move your mouse over the page images in the right pane, the blocks making up the pages will highlight. You can scroll this view by dragging with the mouse, or zoom in/out using the buttons above the viewer. Clicking a highlighted block will select it and load a form for editing that block into the left pane.

Correct the text line by line. A red box is displayed in the right pane to help you determine what text should be included in the line. Once you have finished correcting text, click "Save". The changes you make will take effect immediately.

You can then make further corrections to the same block, move onto the next block by clicking the "Save & next" or "Next" button, select another block in the right pane, or exit the text correction view by clicking the "Return to viewing mode" link.

Clicking "Save & exit" instead of "Save" will save the changes and then return you to the normal viewing mode automatically.

Hint: Many web browsers include spell checking functionality and this can assist with your text correction by identifying misspelt words. If your web browser does not have this functionality, it's likely there is a spell checking add-on available (see your web browser's help for information on how to install add-ons).

For recommendations about topics such as punctuation, misspellings and illegible text, see General guidelines for text correction.

Crowdsourced User Text Correction allows members of the public to help improve the searchability of this collection by correcting errors in the text of the digitized newspapers. Saving these corrections to the collection database improves the accuracy of the text, which enables better search results and a richer experience for all users.

When a newspaper or other text document is prepared for display online, Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software is used to generate searchable text. On some occasions, the text can be difficult for the software to accurately register - for example, a torn or water damaged document may have some illegible or missing sections. Likewise, small fonts, out of focus scans and fading can all result in OCR text that is not 100% accurate.

Text correction allows Virginia Chronicle users to assist in improving the searchability of the newspapers by correcting errors in the text of the digitized newspapers.

We welcome new contributors to our User Text Correction community. Anyone can participate as long as they have created an account and logged in.

How to correct text

OCR text corrections are saved to the database and will improve the service for all users by increasing the accuracy of search results.

There are two ways you can begin to correct text. From the document viewer:

  • Select the article or page you want to correct. This will display the text in the left pane of the document viewer. Click on the "Correct this text" link that appears above this text.
  • Right-click on the article or page image and select "Correct article text" or "Correct page text" from the options pop-up window.

The text correction interface is split into two parts: the right side shows the page images that make up the document, and the left side is used for editing the lines of text.

When you move your mouse over the page images in the right pane, the blocks making up the pages will highlight. You can scroll this view by dragging with the mouse, or zoom in/out using the buttons above the viewer. Clicking a highlighted block will select it and load a form for editing that block into the left pane.

Correct the text line by line. A red box is displayed in the right pane to help you determine what text should be included in the line. Once you have finished correcting text, click "Save". The changes you make will take effect immediately.

You can then make further corrections to the same block, move onto the next block by clicking the "Save & next" or "Next" button, select another block in the right pane, or exit the text correction view by clicking the "Return to viewing mode" link.

Clicking "Save & exit" instead of "Save" will save the changes and then return you to the normal viewing mode automatically.

Hint: Many web browsers include spell checking functionality and this can assist with your text correction by identifying misspelt words. If your web browser does not have this functionality, it's likely there is a spell checking add-on available (see your web browser's help for information on how to install add-ons).

For recommendations about topics such as punctuation, misspellings and illegible text, see General guidelines for text correction.

Text correction recommendations

  1. 1.
    ADVENTURES OF THE TWINS On Cream-Puff HillLocked
    Norfolk Post 22 March 1923
    85%
  2. 2.
    ADVENTURES OF THE TWINS THE GREEN SHOESLocked
    Norfolk Post 25 November 1921
    83%
  3. 3.
    83%
  4. 5.
    MastheadLocked
    Genius of Liberty 29 July 1817
    80%
  5. 6.
    ADVENTURES OF THE TWINS Will’s LessonLocked
    Norfolk Post 12 July 1921
    80%
  6. 7.
    DRAWFUNNIESLocked
    Norfolk Post 22 March 1923
    75%
  7. 8.
    SALESMAN SAMLocked
    Norfolk Post 19 February 1923
    75%
  8. 9.
    Freckles and His FriendsLocked
    Norfolk Post 11 November 1921
    75%
  9. 10.
    Freckles and His FriendsLocked
    Norfolk Post 25 November 1921
    75%
  10. 11.
    ‘Adventures of Twins’ In Book FormLocked
    Norfolk Post 26 November 1921
    75%
  11. 12.
    SALESMAN SAMLocked
    Norfolk Post 14 October 1922
    75%
  12. 13.
    DOINGS OF THE DUFFSLocked
    Norfolk Post 2 January 1922
    75%
  13. 14.
    FRECKLES AND HIS FRIENDSLocked
    Norfolk Post 2 January 1922
    75%
  14. 15.
    SALESMAN SAMLocked
    Norfolk Post 2 January 1922
    75%
  15. 16.
    THE AFFAIRS OF JANELocked
    Norfolk Post 2 January 1922
    75%
  16. 17.
    SMILE AWHILE WITH . Tom SimsLocked
    Norfolk Post 12 July 1921
    75%
  17. 18.
    Doings of the DuffsLocked
    Norfolk Post 12 July 1921
    75%
  18. 19.
    The Old Home TownLocked
    Norfolk Post 12 July 1921
    75%
  19. 20.
    POSTSCRIPT.Locked
    Genius of Liberty 17 July 1821
    66%
  1. 1.
    Page 2Locked
    Petersburg Republican 3 March 1820
    97%
  2. 2.
    Page 2Locked
    Penny Post 27 March 1855
    96%
  3. 3.
    Page 2Locked
    Genius of Liberty 25 June 1822
    96%
  4. 4.
    Page 2Locked
    Genius of Liberty 20 January 1824
    94%
  5. 5.
    Page 1Locked
    Daily Express 11 August 1855
    94%
  6. 6.
    Page 5Locked
    Rockcreek Weekly 4 April 1941
    93%
  7. 7.
    Page 1Locked
    Daily Express 6 September 1855
    93%
  8. 8.
    Page 6Locked
    Nira News 1 June 1936
    92%
  9. 9.
    Page 2Locked
    Alexandria Gazette 2 January 1919
    91%
  10. 10.
    Page 6Locked
    Northern Virginia Sun 15 April 1958
    90%
  11. 11.
    Page 3Locked
    Northern Virginia Sun 14 April 1973
    90%
  12. 12.
    Page 2Locked
    Daily Dispatch 21 February 1862
    90%
  13. 13.
    Page 2Locked
    Daily Dispatch 7 February 1862
    90%
  14. 14.
    Page 4Locked
    Alexandria Gazette 11 March 1919
    90%
  15. 15.
    Page 5Locked
    Norfolk Post 25 November 1921
    90%
  16. 16.
    Page 1Locked
    Petersburg Republican 3 March 1820
    90%
  17. 17.
    Page 3Locked
    Northern Virginia Sun 27 October 1971
    90%
  18. 18.
    Page 5Locked
    Norfolk Post 12 July 1921
    89%
  19. 19.
    Page 8Locked
    Northern Virginia Sun 21 March 1963
    89%
  20. 20.
    Page 1Locked
    Genius of Liberty 20 January 1824
    88%

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