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Below is an introduction to the tasks you can help with by volunteering online on this crowdsourcing website.  For further instructions on how to volunteer online, view our volunteer guidelines.

Come along to one of our workshops to learn more about volunteering for the Cynefin project, or get started straight away from home. Visit our events page for a full list of dates and locations for our workshops across Wales.

 

Task 1: Transcribing

Transcribing quite simply means typing out the information you see on the maps and the documents. By transcribing the maps you are digitising all the important information. This will allow us to build a resource website where the transcribed information across all the tithe maps and apportionment documents can be easily searched in an innovative way. As a result, we will not only be able to display the tithe maps online, but we can go one step further and change the way people can extract and find relevant information from the tithe maps.

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There are two transcribing tasks:

  • Transcribe the field numbers on the tithe maps
  • Transcribe the information on the apportionment documents, such as field numbers, landowners, land occupiers, field names, land uses and payable tithes.

 

Task 2: Georeferencing

The georeferencing task consists of placing markers in identical locations on both a tithe map and a modern OS map.

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As the tithe maps were drawn up by hand, they are not always geographically accurate. Placing markers in many identical places on both the tithe maps and an OS map will allow us to skew the tithe maps slightly in order to make them as geographically accurate as possible. After georeferencing the tithe maps, we will be able to place them as a layer on other maps, such as historical OS maps and satellite maps in order to compare the information on tithe maps with other maps.

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Task 3: Clipping

The aim of clipping the tithe maps is to simply define the boundary of each parish or township.

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We can then link all the parish and township together like a jig-saw in order to create a unified tithe map of Wales.

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Recognition

This project is registered with WCVA for volunteers from 12 years old upwards.

You can apply to receive certificates of achievement in recognition of your volunteering hours on this website as follows:

  • If you are between 14 and 25, you can apply for Millennium Volunteer recognition.
  • If you are 18 years or over, once you’ve reached 50+ volunteering hours you can apply to gain recognition as a part of the National Library of Wales’ volunteering programme by filling in this volunteering form.
  • If you are between 12 and 14 you can request a certificate recognising your contribution to the Cynefin website by email to cynefin@llgc.org.uk

 

You are welcome to contact us if you are unsure which of the above applies to you.

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