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.
    Trip to MarlintonLocked
    Recorder 1 July 1921
    66%
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    [Pi'Din London papers received at New for.k.lLocked
    Genius of Liberty 20 October 1818
    66%
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    Mrs Gwin Dies (Extracts from Obituary)Locked
    Recorder 8 November 1946
    66%
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    Smith Wins For Phoebus MooseLocked
    Norfolk Post 17 August 1922
    66%
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    J;Z GISTLocked
    Norfolk Post 16 June 1922
    50%
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    A. WILLIS ROBERTSONLocked
    Recorder 9 October 1936
    50%
  8. 10.
    LOCAL BRIEFSLocked
    Recorder 9 October 1936
    50%
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    DEFER HEARING OF CHINAMENLocked
    Norfolk Post 18 May 1922
    50%
  10. 14.
    Denby To Board Transport HereLocked
    Norfolk Post 18 May 1922
    50%
  11. 15.
    What Do You Think?Locked
    Norfolk Post 18 May 1922
    50%
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    j ONCE OVERLocked
    Norfolk Post 18 May 1922
    50%
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    Daily Dispatch 24 July 1862
    96%
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    Daily Dispatch 10 January 1862
    95%
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    Alexandria Gazette 6 April 1912
    95%
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    Daily Dispatch 5 September 1862
    92%
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    Daily Dispatch 9 July 1862
    92%
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    Alexandria Gazette 2 January 1919
    91%
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    Daily Dispatch 28 February 1862
    90%
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    Page 10Locked
    Alexandria Gazette 20 April 1912
    90%
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    Page 2Locked
    Daily Dispatch 21 February 1862
    90%
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    Daily Dispatch 7 February 1862
    90%
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    Alexandria Gazette 11 March 1919
    90%
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    Page 1Locked
    Recorder 8 November 1946
    89%
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    Daily Dispatch 15 August 1862
    87%
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    Page 2Locked
    Daily Dispatch 17 January 1862
    85%
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    Page 3Locked
    Daily Dispatch 7 March 1862
    85%
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    Daily Dispatch 17 July 1862
    85%
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    Alexandria Gazette 3 January 1865
    85%
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    Page 1Locked
    Alexandria Gazette 4 January 1865
    85%
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    Page 7Locked
    Nira News 16 August 1935
    84%
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    Page 1Locked
    Daily Advance 28 September 1883
    84%

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