Discussion Guide for NITLE Crowdsourcing seminar
Wednesday, May 8, 2013, 1-2 pm EDT, online via NITLE’s desktop videoconferencing platform
If you found this post useful, you might be interested in my book, Crowdsourcing Our Cultural Heritage.
- Have you ever participated in a crowdsourced project? What did you enjoy about it? Were you motivated to continue? Why/why not?
- How well do the tasks presented in the seminar and represented in the ‘Suggested Projects’ below match your students’ interests, knowledge and skills? Can you find projects that are a closer match?
- What else is required for undergraduate participation in crowdsourced projects to help meet liberal education learning outcomes?
- If crowdsourced projects are designed to meet intrinsic or altruistic motivations for voluntary participation, what are the ethical and practical implications of asking students to participate?
- What are some of the challenges of collaboration, credit and attribution in scholarly crowdsourcing, and how might you start to resolve them in your work with students?
- Depending on your interests, visit one or more of the following:
- OCR error correction for users of the National Library of Australia’s online newspaper collection, Trove: http://trove.nla.gov.au/
- Citizen science project GalaxyZoo http://www.galaxyzoo.org/ and ZooTeach ‘Where educators can share high quality lesson plans & resources that compliment the Zooniverse citizen science projects’ http://www.zooteach.org/age/16%20to%2019+
- Many other citizen projects are available on the Zooniverse site https://www.zooniverse.org/ or citizen science portals like http://scistarter.com/.
- Art tagging and identification project Your Paintings Tagger http://tagger.thepcf.org.uk/
- Brooklyn Museum’s Tag! You’re It art tagging game http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/opencollection/tag_game/start.php
- Review and compare projects for transcribing historic records: OldWeather http://www.oldweather.org/ and What’s on the Menu http://menus.nypl.org/. What differences did you notice, and what impact do they have on you as a potential transcriber?
- Try transcribing some records on Herbaria@home http://herbariaunited.org/atHome/ and Notes from Nature http://www.notesfromnature.org/. How easy was it to get started and complete a record in each project? Based on your experience, which types of users are the projects designed for?
- Howe, Jeff. “The Rise of Crowdsourcing.” Wired Magazine, June 2006. http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/14.06/crowds_pr.html.
- Mia Ridge. “Frequently Asked Questions About Crowdsourcing in Cultural Heritage.” Open Objects, June 3, 2012. http://www.openobjects.org.uk/2012/06/frequently-asked-questions-about.html.
- Rebecca Frost Davis. “Crowdsourcing, Undergraduates, and Digital Humanities Projects.” Rebecca Frost Davis: Liberal Education in a Networked World, September 3, 2012. http://rebeccafrostdavis.wordpress.com/2012/09/03/crowdsourcing-undergraduates-and-digital-humanities-projects/.
- Cohen, Patricia. “For Bentham and Others, Scholars Enlist Public to Transcribe Papers.” The New York Times, December 27, 2010, sec. Books. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/28/books/28transcribe.html?ref=humanities20.