This article was written by Kent Sager.
With a new year come new goals and new opportunities. We’re excited to see where the next 12 months take us. We’ve thought long and hard about where to focus our efforts, and we have four main goals:
- Encourage 175,000 volunteers to participate
- Assist volunteers in contributing regularly, at least once a month
- Help first-time indexers feel more comfortable with the program
- Complete 220 million records
We hope the first three goals will help us easily reach the fourth goal. The best way for us to increase the number of records we complete is to go out and find more people to index and continue indexing.
We all know how wonderful, and even addictive, indexing is. Why not share the joy of it with more people and increase our productivity at the same time? We’re already in the process of actively expanding our volunteer workforce worldwide, but we’ll need help from each and every volunteer.
Each year also brings new projects and new features. Soon we’ll start indexing our first Japanese project, so if you know people who read Japanese, invite them to start indexing either now or when the project is available.
A new feature called My Accuracy will also be released soon. It gives indexers the opportunity to review their indexing batches once they’ve been arbitrated. They’ll be able to see how often they agreed with the arbitrators and give general feedback when they do not agree with them.
In summary, we look forward to an exciting year. Like most goals, our 2011 goals will stretch us—they will push us to produce more indexed records of even higher quality and accuracy. Our success in achieving these goals will be determined by each of us as we work together to involve more indexing volunteers in making our 2011 initiatives successful. So, pull up a chair, turn on the computer, and be part of the exciting indexing brigade of 2011.