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Hello Wikimedia Commons users,
My name is Aharon Varady. I mainly use this account for uploading scanned content to the Wikimedia Commons for transcription and proofreading in Wikisource.
I am an urban planner, environmental educator, and the founding director of the Open Siddur Project, an open source collaborative publishing project intent on digitizing the diverse corpus of Jewish liturgical and spiritual writings in every language they were composed in or translated into. This project is also helping to transcribe works in Hebrew, English, German, Yiddish, Romanian, Polish, Italian, French, Marathi, Ladino, Farsi, and Arabic, among others. We are a volunteer run, free-culture digital humanities project making available the creative content of Jewish spiritual practice as machine-readable text stored in XML TEI.
I'm looking forward to the Wikimedia Commons becoming our project's native store for our store of Public Domain and free-culture licensed documents (CC0, CC-BY, and CC-BY-SA).
I'm very interested improvements in Hebrew Wikisource's ProofreadPage interface, better support of BIDI (bi-directional) text, support for the TEI XML encoding schema popular in the digital humanities, and use of open source OCR tools (hOCR, tesseract-OCR, etc.).