Applied Food Studies class in the Archives - October 15, 2019
"Consider now the menu: it spins, perhaps, but it does not sow. It simply lies there or, rather, allows itself to be propped up while, like a politician or a winning child, it promises big, and then delivers what it delivers. Yet the menu remains, even after its restaurant has faded, a lovely paper monument to hope, the permeable membrane between the diner's dreams and the market's prices."
--Gopnik, Adam. "A LA CARTE." The New Yorker, vol. 78, no. 36, Nov 25, 2002, pp. 082-83, Research Library, https://search.proquest.com/docview/233149506?accountid=40999.
Here are some questions to think about as you transcribe:
Digital Menus Collection
There are three parts to a digital menu – 1) the scans of each page; 2) the transcriptions of each scan; and 3) the metadata (i.e. information ABOUT the menu) to provide access to the menu.
Today you will be TRANSCRIBING.
Not only will you be providing one portion of the digital menu, but you will also practice the experience of READING a primary source.
What is transcribing?
Transcribing is recording exactly what is written (no translating or interpreting…) for the purpose of keyword searching the text of the menu in a digital collection.
How To Create a Transcription for the menu you chose:
1) OPEN NOTEPAD.
Start button - Programs - Accessories - Notepad
Create a new text file for every page of the menu.
menu_[insert menu number found on back of menu]_001 For page 1
menu_27-99_001 use for page 1
menu_27-99_002 use for Page 2
menu_27-99_003 use for Page 3
menu_27-99_x01 use for Attachment 1
menu_27-99_x02 use for Attachment 2
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