The Contribute section of the Voyages website contains data entry forms by which users of the website can supply revise existing information in the Voyages Database or supply new data. A team of slave trade scholars will review each contribution, as part of the peer-review process. Once confirmed, the new or revised information will be incorporated in the next version of the Voyages Database. We anticipate releasing a new version every three years.

The Contribution entry forms take advantage of possibilities offered by the internet to continuously improve the store of knowledge, whether in the traditional form of written documents or in the new form of collections of machine-readable data. The Voyages Database is itself the product of extensive revisions since the publication of the CD-ROM version of the dataset in 1999. The Contribute section will allow the database to evolve in a way that respects the high standards of scholarship governing the construction of the original database.

Step-by-step instructions on how to use the data entry forms are provided in the Voyages Guide, a PDF file accessible in “Understanding the Database”. For advice on contributing new data, we ask you to read our “Guidelines for Contributors.”

For purposes of managing contributions to the website, contributors are asked to register for an account and provide an email address for communication. Once your registration is confirmed, you will receive an email with your user name and password, which you can use to access the Contribute section (below).

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