A new crowd-sourced data entry site has been created that will allow us to leverage the MAME community's energy to recover dumps of chips whose lids have been lifted and innards have been imaged. Think of it as a re-branded "Typing Monkeys" project.
The site is here:
Please feel free to create a personal login and try it out! Once you have a login, you will be taken to your own home page, where you will see a list of available chips that you can help out with. Next to that will be instructions on how to enter bits for that chip, and next to that will be a link to see what work you have done and how you stack up against others who have typed in data. The site is evolving, so if you've got any input, please let the administrators know through the "contact" link.
At the moment, the only chip available is one of the TGPs from the SEGA Model 1 hardware. Information about this chip is in a Caps0ff blog post here:
To sweeten the deal for the most herculean of typers, Caps0ff has offered to grant the individual who types the most (sensical) entries access to see 5 of the group's decapping posts before the vast majority of the world has. This is a similar reward as what monetary donors receive, so feel free to go typing crazy.
Thanks! The typed data will be used to generate dumps for MAME and improve automated methods for detecting the bits.