I was invited to present with Helen Weinstein at the We Curate kick-off seminar at the Pavillion 0 at the Sigma Foundation’s palazzo on the opening weekend of the Venice Biennale. Our slides for Participatory practices: inclusion, dialogue and trust in museums and academia are online, and I blogged about our talk and the event for Historyworkstv: Participatory Practice Presentation at the Venice Biennale.
As Chair of the Museums Computer Group, it was a pleasure to attend the MCG’s Spring meeting, ‘Engaging Visitors Through Play‘, at the University of Ulster’s Centre for Media Research in Belfast on May 30.
I spoke on ‘Digital challenges, digital opportunities’, and my aim was to introduce the Museums Computer Group, discuss some of the challenges museums and their staff are facing and think about how to create opportunities from those challenges. I’ve posted my notes at ‘Digital challenges, digital opportunities’ at MCGPlay, Belfast.
I blogged about the event at ‘Engaging Visitors Through Play’ – the Museums Computer Group in Belfast and my post was picked up and re-posted as a guest post, ‘Game on’, for the Museums Association blog.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013, 1-2 pm EDT, online via NITLE’s desktop videoconferencing platform
Slides (8mb PDF).
- 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:
- 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://openobjects.blogspot.com/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.
I was invited to give a talk (which seemed to turn into a plenary then a keynote along the way) for the GLAM-Wiki 2013 conference. I thought it might be useful to put current discussions around opening cultural data for use on Wikipedia and other projects that require content to be licensed for re-use in context (for the museum, library and archive professionals in the audience) and some of the contradictory instructions issued to institutions with cultural, scientific or historical content (for the Wikipedians in the audience, though of course there was a huge overlap between those groups).
I’ve blogged my talk notes as ‘An (even briefer) history of open cultural data‘ at GLAM-Wiki 2013 at Open Objects or there’s a video of my talk.
I was invited to give a paper on my research at Digital Impacts: Crowdsourcing in the Arts and Humanities, convened by Kathryn Eccles and the Oxford Internet Institute.
I’ve also posted Notes from ‘Crowdsourcing in the Arts and Humanities’ on Open Objects.
(My title comes from the Oxford English Dictionary’s 1879 call for contributors to help them get through their backlog of words that needed sources and definitions. Yes, I do spend a bit too much time thinking about Victorian precursors to modern crowdsourcing.)
In 1908 Ina von Grumbkow undertook an expedition to Iceland. She later made significant contributions to the field of natural history and wrote several books but other than passing references online and a mention on her husband’s Wikipedia page, her story is only available to those with access to sources like the ‘Earth Sciences History’ journal.
Cumulative centuries of archival and theoretical work have been spent recovering women’s histories, yet much of this inspiring scholarship is invisible outside academia. Inspired by research into the use and creation of digital resources and the wider impact of these resources on historians and their scholarship, this paper is a deliberate provocation: if we believe the subjects of our research are important, then we should ensure they are represented on freely available encyclopaedic sites like Wikipedia.
Wikipedia is the fifth most visited website in the world and the first port of call for most students and the public, yet women’s history is poorly represented. This paper discusses how the difficulties of adding women’s histories to Wikipedia exemplify some of the new challenges and opportunities of digital history and the ways in which it blurs the line between public history and purely academic research.
Update: I’ve posted my talk notes at New challenges in digital history: sharing women’s history on Wikipedia – my draft talk notes.
My latest article for Museum Identity magazine, Where next for open cultural data in museums?, is now live online and in the current print issue of Museum-iD 13.
Site abstract: “Museums have increasingly been joining the global movement for open data by opening up their databases, sharing their images and releasing their knowledge. Mia Ridge presents a brief history of open cultural data projects, explores some reasons why some data is relatively under-used and looks to the future of open cultural data”.