Note: Arbitration is only available to selected indexers.
Each batch is (at minimum) double indexed, meaning different indexers go through the same batch and enter their interpretation of the records. Arbitration is the process of comparing differences between these transcripts and picking the most correct version. Further manual corrections can be made as a last resort if none of the indexers have put what you consider to be the correct value.
To get started, browse to a project and select . Note: as a batch can only be arbitrated once it has been indexed by multiple indexers, there can be times when a project has no batches available for arbitration, even if the percentage of indexed pieces is greater than the arbitrated ones.
Once you have volunteered, the project will appear in your account and you may open the arbitration tool.
If the indexers have selected differing page types for any images, this step will show allowing you to pick the correct one between their choices.
Once you have selected a choice for all images where this occurs you will be asked to continue to Step 2.
Note: If there are no mismatches, this step will automatically complete and you will start on Step 2.
On this step you will be shown all the rows of data each indexer has entered for an image aligned next to each other. This allows you to quickly see if there is a mismatch between them e.g. if an indexer misses out a row or transcribes the same row twice.
You have the option to move, remove and add rows so the rows of data match the image and up with each other.
Mark off each page as and at the end you will be asked to continue to step 3.
On this step you will be shown each line of transcribed data from the indexers and the final row which will be submitted as the “Arbitrated” entry.
Initially this is made up of the longest entry out of the indexers' data.
You have the option to swap to another indexer's entry (if it is different) or manually make changes to the data.
Mark off each page as and at the end you will be asked to submit this batch as arbitrated.
Each batch is expected to take around 30 minutes to complete. You do not need to do a whole batch in one go, when you open the tool again you can resume from the image you left off.
As the Indexing and Arbitration tools are online, there is no need to save. As soon as you have entered the data and moved onto the next cell, that data will be immediately sent to our systems and securely saved.
With the new redesign we have taken the decision to retire the old UKIndexer census checking project. The work you have submitted into it will be worked through by our team and put to use. We thank you for all your hard work over the years and hope you will enjoy having more varied projects to work on. All the credits you have earned have been carried over to the new tool.
Go to the Account page and click on the credit number shown. This will take you to a page where you can redeem the credits.
Credits can be redeemed by clicking the 'Use Credits' link at the bottom of your homepage, this will open a pop up window. The subscriptions we offer to The Genealogist are listed. Vouchers can be used towards products from S&N Genealogy Supplies or to top up existing subscriptions. Once you have decided on the voucher / subscription you would like, choose it from the list and press the 'select' button. If you are ordering a subscription please enter the name of the subscription you would like. All rewards are set up / sent by a member of admin and can only be processed during normal office hours.
If you wish to become an arbitrator, and have consistently submitted high quality batches, please contact us to request this permission. The ability to arbitrate is given out at our discretion. We may occasionally contact some of the top indexers to invite them to participate as arbitrators.
Credits are added to your account once the arbitration stage has been completed