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DigiVol Volunteers - # 8865

  • Location: Sydney NSW
  • Commitment: Regular - more than 6 months
  • Category: Museums & Heritage
  • Time Required

    Upto 16 hours per week, days and hours to suit volunteer.

  • Suitable for
    • Online & Remote Volunteers
    • People with disability
  • Type of work
    • Administration & Office Management
    • Library Services
    • Research, Policy, & Analysis
    • Tour Guides, Information, & Heritage
  • Training

    The site has tutorials that assist volunteers in learning how to transcribe the different projects. They are also able to ask questions on the DigiVol forum and have many expert volunteers help with their answers.

DigiVol volunteers can volunteer online from the comfort of their own homes.

DigiVol enables volunteers from around the world to transcribe handwritten diaries, scientist notebooks and specimen labels, as well as identify location data. The DigiVol website originated at the Australian Museum but is now being used by many more institutions around the world.

DigiVol volunteers transcribe specimen labels and diaries to turn this data into a digital form. By doing this volunteers are helping museums and universities open up their research material to everyone online. The data has many uses but most important is that it can help scientists and planners better understand, utilise, manage and conserve our precious biodiversity.

Volunteers need a computer and internet access to participate in volunteering with DigiVol. The data usage for DigiVol would be 1-2 MB per task. Some volunteers can do up to 100 tasks a day but average is about 40-50 a day.

Volunteers will require good written English, and the ability to read various styles of handwriting.

Benefits: Volunteers on the site say they feel that it is a rewarding experience knowing that the information they capture becomes accessible to scientists, conservation agencies and government departments across the country who can then work together to better understand, manage and conserve our precious biodiversity.

Volunteering NSW’s Volunteer Referral Service assists individuals to find volunteer opportunities that match your interests, skills, location and time available to volunteer.

Be sure to provide a phone number on your Expression of Interest, so we can contact you without delay.

If this your first time volunteering, or your first time volunteering in Australia, you may wish to attend Volunteering NSW’s Bridge to Volunteering information seminar held every Friday and learn more about volunteering, how to choose the right volunteer job, the benefits of volunteering and your rights and responsibilities as a volunteer. Details on how to register for this seminar will be included on the email you receive when you Express Interest in this role.