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Crowdsourcing 'In the Spotlight' at the British Library


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Crowdsourcing 'In the Spotlight' at the British Library

  1. 1. Dr. Mia Ridge, @mia_out Digital Curator, British Library
  2. 2. Asking the public to help with tasks that contribute to a shared, significant goal or research interest related to cultural heritage collections or knowledge. The activities and/or goals should be inherently rewarding. Crowdsourcing in cultural heritage
  3. 3. Heritage crowdsourcing as volunteering
  4. 4. ...but convenient by Jason Devaun
  5. 5. Playbills 'In the Spotlight' Collection of over 230,000 printed sheets in 1,000 volumes Minimal cataloguing for volumes: 'A collection of playbills from miscellaneous Plymouth theatres 1796- 1882' No information about individual playbills, performances
  6. 6. Designed for productivity and engagement
  7. 7. Turning metatasks into outreach Experimenting with working with participants to turn their stories into blog posts, newsletters
  8. 8. Future goals: platform for other people's research? When we have basic metadata for each volume, could we let academics and volunteers set up new tasks based on our collections? Would they be committed enough to recruit and motivate volunteers, report on progress?
  9. 9. Thank you! Questions? In the Spotlight @LibCrowds newsletter Dr. Mia Ridge, Digital Curator, British Library @mia_out