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As institutions put more collections online they will inevitably come across wide variations in the level of description within collections. Without unlimited resources (time, staff and funding) it can be a daunting task to describe the collection. An increasingly recognized way to gather descriptions is to use enthusiastic amateurs and subject experts inside and outside the organization and other interested parties through crowdsourcing. The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Digital Archives is using crowdsourcing to elevate the description of artifacts in the museum collection. This presentation will outline the decision-making process, outreach efforts and a review of our successes and lessons learned in this endeavor.
The presentation will include metrics on the site visits to the various collections, emphasizing users’ interaction with the items we’ve crowdsourced. We will also illustrate how the new 6.0 user comment option was utilized in this process. There will be a review of our decisions on standards and best practices. We will also share our assessment of some of the research literature on crowdsourcing.