Ben Laurie blathering

1 Oct 2011

Open Source Transcription Software Developer

Filed under: Open Data,Open Source,Programming — Ben @ 18:06

Since we set up FreeBMD, FreeREG and FreeCEN things have come a long way, and so we’re revisiting how we do transcription. Those great guys at Zooniverse have released their Scribe transcription software, which they developed to use with Old Weather and Ancient Lives (and more to come), as open source.

We are working with them to develop a new transcription platform for genealogical records, based on Scribe, and we want to hire a developer to help us with it. Scribe itself is written in Ruby, so some familiarity with that would help. We also use Python and EC2, so knowing about those would be good, too. And the front-end is sure to be using Javascript, so there’s another tickbox to tick.

Finally, we intend to open source everything, and so a developer used to working in an open source community would be helpful.

Everything is negotiable. FreeBMD does not have offices, so this would be “work from home” (or the beach, or whatever suits you).

If you’re interested, send email to Feel free to forward this post, of course.

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