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Sydney Bush Walkers (SBW) has a long and proud history, and the club magazines go back to the early 1930s. A project has been running to digitise the old SBW club magazines, and to make them available for searching.

The project is a massive amount of work for one person. One of the aims of the project is to distribute the work, and allow as many members as possible to work on it.

The first stage of the project is to scan all the pre digital magazines to PDF. This stage is well underway, with around 85% (approx 660) of the magazines complete, and more in progress.

In parallel, the second stage is kicking off. This stage is to use optical character recognition (OCR) to convert the PDFs to text, and to edit and tidy the text files that are produced. OCR does only a rough job, so a fair bit of editing is needed to get the text corrected. The main purpose of this wiki is to allow anyone to edit the text files. If every SBW member tidied up just one issue, the entire history of SBW would be digitised just like that.

No experience is necessary. If you can read, you can certainly help! To help out with the project, just create an account. Once you have created an account, you can pick a magazine and begin editing. See the instructions for what you need to do to correct the files.

To have a look at the work that has been done, check out the tracking page, or have a look at a completed magazine. A list of interesting articles has been started if you need a suggestion on which magazine to begin

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