This page provides information about issues associated with transcribing for FreeBMD
and is therefore of interest to people who:
transcribe index pages,
manage syndicates (syndicate coordinators)
are involved in management of transcribing (e.g. corrections) and
help with the development of FreeBMD.
Unable to find the information you require? Try using our website search engine by clicking on the Explore logo:
If you experience errors while uploading data (or other website related problems),
please report them to us at
saying what you were doing (i.e. submitting, searching), the URL and the
exact time (and timezone) that this happened (including the text of any
error messages). Thank you.
Please note that this address must not be used to report errors in the data held by FreeBMD.
If you have a correction to an entry click click on the
button next to the entry and follow the instructions for submitting a correction.
If you have problems relating to your user id or syndicate (e.g. cannot contact syndicate
coordinator) please contact the Volunteer Coordinator.
Submission Format. A definition of the formats for submitting entries using the transcription software or other means.
Transcribers' Knowledge Base Gives answers to many questions
about transcribing and transcription software.
If you are having problems, or need to ask a question about
the transcriptions you are doing, check the Transcribers' Knowlege Base (TKB) first. Your question may already have been answered.
Comments. Details about how to add comments to transcriptions.
WinBMD Help. See the help file for WinBMD for details of using WinBMD, either from the Help menu in WinBMD or from the Program menu
Due to a lot of confusion over the transcribing of full stops (periods), all transcribers are asked to read this Policy Statement on the matter.
For the definitive guide on transcribing full stops, please see
Mailing Lists. If you would like to become involved in the project, please
join one of our mailing lists.
Suspect Files A list of files uploaded by Syndicate Members that
have some anomoly that needs to be checked (e.g. files with an unexpectedly small number of entries
because only one column of a multi-column page has been transcribed). This now includes aliases in
the Associate Name (previously in a separate list)
In addition to Transcribers and Co-ordinators, FreeBMD uses the services of a small number of people in a number
of teams who help to ensure that the accuracy of our data is improved. Some of these roles remain to be filled (an
announcement will be made when we are looking for people)
District Alias Team - Co-ordinator Martin Cope
Query Investigation Team - Coordinator TBA
Data Checking Teams - Coordinator TBA
Resolution Teams - Coordinator TBA
Central Resolution Team - Coordinator TBA
The FreeBMD Website is maintained by a small team of developers who help provide the facilities
used by our large team of transcribers ... additional transcribers are always welcome! The pages
in this section describe the development environment that we use, the processes involved, and
include some files which are a useful reference for developers.
The tools we use in the development process are CVS, a version control system, and Trac, a problem tracking system. Below is a list of helpfiles and tutorials for the various tools and methods of development used on FreeBMD