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As part of our ongoing commitment to working collaboratively with our online community, the Department of Special Collections and Archives is proud to introduce a crowd-sourcing feature for our digital archive. This will allow users anywhere in the world to help us edit the Optical Character Recognition (OCR) component of The Daily Kent Stater online. No scan of such a large quantity of text is ever perfect and this is your chance to help us fix translation issues that occur between the text of the newspaper and the OCR text on the left side of the web page.
1. Within the Daily Kent Stater Digital Archive, before you begin making corrections, you must first create an account by clicking on the link “Register” at the top left-hand side of the page.
2. Within the Daily Kent Stater Digital Archive you can begin making corrections to OCR errors you may encounter.
3. Please Note: In 2022, Kent State University Libraries, Special Collections & Archives, with support from the Student Media Advisory Board, began a project to redact from the OCR the names of people that appeared in the Daily Kent Stater police blotter. This decision was made in accordance with trends in digital newspaper publishing to redact older, minor crime stories that negatively impact the subjects’ ability to gain employment, among other potential consequences. Names in the OCR were replaced with the text, [name redacted]. Neither the original newspapers nor the scans of the newspapers have been altered in any way, only the OCR. We ask that you please leave these names redacted.
4. Questions? Concerns? Please contact Special Collections & Archives by email or phone: specialcollections [at] kent.edu; 330-672-2270