Zooniverse has a new project that, I guess, lets you help decipher ancient texts. I enjoy helping out with some of these efforts - I get the feeling that I'm helping to do something worthwhile. I like knowing that I'm helping to find a place to go for New Horizons after Pluto. I also like feeling like part of a community - the community of volunteers and researchers. It's cool when it's a two-way relationship.
But Ancient Lives... is sadly not a project I want to help out. Here's why:
Images may not be copied or offloaded, and the images and their texts may not be published. All digital images of the Oxyrhynchus Papyri are © Imaging Papyri Project, University of Oxford. The papyri themselves are owned by the Egypt Exploration Society, London. All rights reserved.
Yuck. So I guess it's a give-and-take relationship: We give and the researchers take. The Imaging Papyri Project can take their copyright and shove it.