Citizen Science Volunteers Needed to Transcribe Ship's Logs

Press Release
Friday, October 19, 2012

NOAA and the National Archives seek citizen science volunteers to transcribe weather data from historic ship logs.

NOAA and the National Archives and Records Administration are turning to citizen science volunteers to make a wealth of weather data recorded in old ship logs available to climate scientists worldwide. NOAA, National Archives, and Zooniverse – an alliance of scientific organizations that hosts citizen science projects such as Old Weather (www.oldweather.org) – are inviting interested individuals to participate.

The collaborators are seeking volunteers to transcribe a newly digitized set of ship logs dating to 1850. The ship logs, preserved by National Archives, are from U.S. Navy, Coast Guard and Revenue Cutter voyages in the Arctic between 1850 and the World War II era.

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