Scribe is a powerful framework for the collaborative transcription of archival documents. Unlike other transcription tools, Scribe is particularly well suited to the extraction of structured information, such as you might find in forms, registers, or certificates. You can see it in action on the Measuring the Anzacs site.
We’ll be using Scribe to get data out of records created by the operations of the White Australia Policy. But first we needed to update a few things. We’ll be hosting our site on Heroku and MLab, but the software supported by these sites doesn’t quite match the versions used in Scribe. We’ve forked the ScribeAPI repository and updated various things so that it can be easily hosted on Heroku.
We’re using this updated version of Scribe as the basis for our own site.