Boston Phoenix 1974! finished!

Since I last posted, the Zooniverse volunteers made short work of all of the card files we posted for the Phoenix 1974! project, and we find ourselves without any more cards to give them. But naturally, the project is far from finished. We need to download, parse, (edit?) and make the data useful to all. Here is a sneak preview of a set of 1974 author cards–the first set they completed.

One day I’ll learn how to embed Airtables, but in the meantime, click on the image and it will go to the view.

I want to publicly thank all of the folks that contributed to this project. I am completely in awe of their dedication and attention to detail, and look forward to making this mountain of data they created into a useful, publicly available format. My little COVID archival data experiment initially was scoped small (1500 cards!), but grew and grew and grew, and their enthusiasm and appetite for more never wavered. I’m also looking forward to putting together additional crowdsourced projects in the future to take what’s hidden and expose it to the world.

Here is a little spreadsheet showing how many cards per year the volunteers completed, which is a grand total of (drumroll, please) 144,656 cards!

YearAuthor cardsSubject cards
19731025
19741504411
197511611132
19761390798
197715631285
19781609692
197918281179
19801712480
19811835305
19821564447
1983152423(1983-1986)
19841899
19851739
19861530
19871583
19881938
19892230
19901778
Total294126752
Grand Total36164(typed 4 times)144656

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