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Starting today, you can now try Co-Lab! This easy-to-use tool allows you to transcribe, tag, translate and describe digitized records found in Library and Archives Canada’s collection.

Imagine transcribing handwritten letters like the one that Louis Riel wrote the day before his death to his wife and children, asking her “to make them pray for me.” Canadians can help to unveil a great part of their history by using Co-Lab.

Sample all of the features available in Co-Lab:

  • Take on a “challenge”
    Choose a “challenge” to participate in; explore a collection of images under the same theme (for example, all pages and photographs from Rosemary Gilliat Eaton's diary about her trip to the Arctic). Your contribution counts. Every time you add a keyword to an image, the discoverability of the collection is enhanced. We will keep on adding new challenges, so let us know what you want to work on!
  • Open pictures
    You read that correctly! JPEG-format images in our collection are now open for you to add searchable keywords, add descriptions, and transcribe and translate content. Use the new harmonized viewer in our Collection SearchBETA to start contributing today.
  • Create your profile
    Take a couple of minutes to create your online profile. It is easy to use, and you will be able to track your contribution history.
  • Use our tutorial…
    …and start contributing, following a few short and easy steps. It will guide you through all of the features so you can become a contributor.
  • Increase searchability
    You just contributed to an image? It will be soon be searchable through our Collection SearchBETA, making our unique collection more available to all Canadians. You will find all search results with public contributions under the Co-Lab Content tab.

If you have previously contributed to another of our crowdsourcing projects (Lady Macdonald’s diary or the Coltman Report), you will appreciate the new features in Co-Lab.

Try Co-Lab now, and tell us what you think. Give a hand to history! Who knows what you might discover?

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