Sydney Bush Walkers (SBW) is NSW's oldest continuing bushwalking club, formed in 1927.
It has a long and proud history, and the club magazines go back to the early 1930s. This history site started as a project to digitise the old SBW club magazines, and has since expanded to hold other historic documents that may be too niche for the main club website.
One of the aims of the project was to distribute the work, and allow as many members as possible to work on it.
The first stage of the project was to scan all the pre digital magazines (before 2000) to PDF. This stage is almost complete, with 774 out of 779 (99.3%) of the magazines scanned and available from this site. The small number remaining have mostly been tracked down, but the document quality makes them time-consuming to OCR.
The second stage is also well progressed. This stage is to use optical character recognition (OCR) to convert the PDFs to text, and to edit and tidy the text files that are produced. OCR does only a rough job, so a fair bit of manual editing is needed to get the text corrected. The main purpose of this wiki is to allow anyone to help edit the text files.
If every SBW member tidied up just one issue, the entire history of SBW would be digitised just like that. It takes around an hour to tidy up one issue, less for specific articles. Even if you have only a bit of free time to help out, why not give it a go. As at Jan 2022, 82.2% of the magazines have been completed.
No experience is necessary. If you can read, you can certainly help! To help out with the project, just create an account. Once you have created an account, you can pick a magazine and begin editing. See the instructions for what you need to do to correct the files.
To have a look at the work that has been done, check out the tracking page, or have a look at a completed magazine. A list of interesting articles has been started if you need a suggestion on which magazine to begin. Also see the list of editors of The Sydney Bushwalker (current as at Jan 2022).
A more recent effort has also been made to collect the digital editions of all magazines & newsletters printed in the digital age (~2009 onwards). These can be found here. The most recent ones are only available to members, via the club website.
If you have any problems in general, or with using the wiki, please drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.