The Austin Fanzine Project started as a relatively straightforward digitization and transcription project intended to improve access to the documents of a recently-historical subculture – the Austin, Texas underground music scene of the 1990s.
The project has blossomed into a sandbox for creative experimentation with digital archives and digital humanities methods and tools. To date the project volunteers have digitized fanzines and posted the resulting downloadable files; researched digital archives best practices and crafted project policies; experimented with crowd-sourced transcription and indexing using new open-source software; and explored ways to virtually visualize the connections in real-life communities via maps, e-books, and audio tours. The digitized material has already proved useful for a variety of uses including, most recently, a collaboration with the Early Modern OCR Project.
You can help out by transcribing fanzines from home in your spare time! Check out the transcription interface:
- Geek Weekly #1 on FromThePage
- Geek Weekly #2 on FromThePage
- Geek Weekly #3 on FromThePage
- Geek Weekly #4 on FromThePage
Free PDFs of Geek Weekly are available here:
- PDF of Geek Weekly #1
- PDF of Geek Weekly #2, part 1 of 2
- PDF of Geek Weekly #2, part 2 of 2
- PDF of Geek Weekly #3, part 1 of 2
- PDF of Geek Weekly #3, part 2 of 2
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