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I was reading the New York Times online today and stumbled upon a fascinating article describing the massive menu project the New York Public Library has begun to undertake. The menu transcription project entitled, "What's On The Menu?" involves digitizing the NYPL's massive menu collection of over 40,000 menus from the 1840's to the present, then using crowdsourcing to transcribe the menus and creating a searchable database for historians, nutritional scientists, chefs, novelists, script writers and food enthusiasts to use. If you're interested in donating your time to assist with the online transcription process, you can go to the project's website to sign up. As of today, there have been 96,681 dishes transcribed from 1465 menus. That's a whole lotta dishes!
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