Wikisource:WikiProject Field Notes

Welcome to the Field Notes WikiProject, a collaboration area and group of editors interesting in bringing field notes into Wikisource for transcription, then reusing that data for scientific work. Although this project has been started as an offshoot of the Field Notes of Junius Henderson transcription project, it is our hope that other field notes will be brought into the Wikimedia Commons and Wikisource if we can demonstrate the value of Wikisource in transcribing and archiving such resources.

(For more information on WikiProjects, please see Wikisource:WikiProject and the Guide to WikiProjects).



  • Field notebooks.
    • Although our focus is currently in natural history (biology and paleontology) field notebooks, we realize there are many other kinds of field books (geology, ecology) and lab notebooks (chemistry, physics, etc) out there . Some of the tools developed for these projects may apply to other corpora, but we're interested in hearing what works and what doesn't.


None at the moment. Field notebooks should be categorized under Category:Field notes.

Open tasksEdit

  To-do list for Wikisource:WikiProject Field Notes: edit · history · watch · refresh


Here are some tasks you can do:
  • Merge: Associate transcriptions for Notebook 3 (found here) with the scan pages (here) for Notebook 3


Please feel free to add yourself here, and to indicate any areas of particular interest.

  1. Gaurav (talk) 04:12, 22 January 2012 (UTC)
  2. Ack-thom(talk) 22 Jan 2012 -- interested in paleontology, geology, biology books; text mining; linking data
  3. Robgur (talk) 3:47, 25 Jan 2012 --- interested in looking under rocks of various sort and exploring the nooks and crannies of biodiversity
  4. Daniel Mietchen - WiR/OS (talk) 01:43, 21 July 2012 (UTC) -- interested in this project from an open research and citizen science perspective


Field notes not yet on WikisourceEdit

With imagesEdit

  • None as yet

Text onlyEdit


To annotate dated content in field notes (such as diary entries).
To annotate places in field notes.
To annotate species spotted or collected by the naturalist keeping the field notes. See Portal:Taxonomy for more discussion about annotating taxonomic terms in Wikisource.



Related projectsEdit

For notes mentioning species or other taxonomic units.
Most field notes are also journals.
Wikisource:WikiProject Academic Papers
Similar techniques could be used to annotate academic papers.