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Enriching cultural heritage collections
through participatory Commons
platforms: toward collaboration with
users
Sharing i...
Overview
• My philosophy for crowdsourcing in cultural
heritage
• The Participatory Commons in context
• The paradox of de...
Comfortable space for sharing?
Everybody’s happy
What is a participatory commons and
why would we want one?
What is a participatory commons and
why would we want one?
First, some introductions...
Academic historians Simone and
Andre.
Retirees Martha and Bob
Daniel's grandmother Sarah
Crowdsourcer Nisha
Helping each other?
The Participatory Commons
Niche projects built on Participatory Commons
Museum
collections
Shoebox
archives
Participatory Commons
‘local place
histo...
Barriers?
The spark of curiosity...
...as a gateway to deeper enagement
Crowdsourcing as gateway to further activity
'Levels of Engagement' in citizen science
• Level 1: participating
in simple tasks
• Level 2: participating
in community
d...
Mission accomplished?
Paths diverge
Hålanda Church, Västergötland, Sweden, Swedish National Heritage Board
Who has agency?
"I participate,
you participate,
he participates,
we participate,
you participate...
they profit.”
(1968) ...
Participatory project models
Contributory
 the public contributes data to a project
designed by the organisation
Collabor...
New challenges?
'history mysteries'
A tension?
Commons as party?
Thank you!
Mia Ridge
Open University, UK
http://miaridge.com
@mia_out
Image: Matt Jones
Image credits in order of appearance...
Glider, Library of Congress http://www.flickr.com/photos/library_of_congress/21798...
Sharing is caring keynote 'Enriching cultural heritage collections through a Participatory Commons'
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Sharing is caring keynote 'Enriching cultural heritage collections through a Participatory Commons'

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Today I'd like to present both a proposal for something called the 'Participatory Commons', and a provocation (or conversation starter): there's a paradox in our hopes for deeper audience engagement through crowdsourcing: projects that don't grow with their participants will lose them as they develop new skills and interests and move on. This talk presents some options for dealing with this paradox and suggests a Participatory Commons provides a way to take a sector-wide view of active engagement with heritage content and redefine our sense of what it means when everybody wins.

[I was invited to Copenhagen to talk about my research on crowdsourcing in cultural heritage at the 3rd international Sharing is Caring seminar on April 1. I'm sharing my notes in advance to make life easier for those awesome people following along in a second or third language, particularly since I'm delivering my talk via video. My notes are at http://openobjects.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/sharing-is-caring-keynote-enriching.html ]

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Sharing is caring keynote 'Enriching cultural heritage collections through a Participatory Commons'

  1. 1. Enriching cultural heritage collections through participatory Commons platforms: toward collaboration with users Sharing is Caring, Copenhagen, April 1, 2014 Mia Ridge, Open University Contact me: @mia_out or http://miaridge.com/ Follow along at http://openobjects.blogspot.com/
  2. 2. Overview • My philosophy for crowdsourcing in cultural heritage • The Participatory Commons in context • The paradox of deeper engagement
  3. 3. Comfortable space for sharing?
  4. 4. Everybody’s happy
  5. 5. What is a participatory commons and why would we want one?
  6. 6. What is a participatory commons and why would we want one? First, some introductions...
  7. 7. Academic historians Simone and Andre.
  8. 8. Retirees Martha and Bob
  9. 9. Daniel's grandmother Sarah
  10. 10. Crowdsourcer Nisha
  11. 11. Helping each other?
  12. 12. The Participatory Commons
  13. 13. Niche projects built on Participatory Commons Museum collections Shoebox archives Participatory Commons ‘local place history group’ ‘academic research project’ 18th century interest group Your niche project here! Archive collections Library collections
  14. 14. Barriers?
  15. 15. The spark of curiosity...
  16. 16. ...as a gateway to deeper enagement
  17. 17. Crowdsourcing as gateway to further activity
  18. 18. 'Levels of Engagement' in citizen science • Level 1: participating in simple tasks • Level 2: participating in community discussion • Level 3: 'working independently on self- identified research projects' (Raddick et al, 2009)
  19. 19. Mission accomplished?
  20. 20. Paths diverge Hålanda Church, Västergötland, Sweden, Swedish National Heritage Board
  21. 21. Who has agency? "I participate, you participate, he participates, we participate, you participate... they profit.” (1968) Via A Ladder of Citizen Participation - Sherry R Arnstein
  22. 22. Participatory project models Contributory  the public contributes data to a project designed by the organisation Collaborative  both active partners, but lead by organisation Co-creative  all partners define goals together (Bonney et al, 2009,Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education (CAISE)
  23. 23. New challenges?
  24. 24. 'history mysteries'
  25. 25. A tension?
  26. 26. Commons as party?
  27. 27. Thank you! Mia Ridge Open University, UK http://miaridge.com @mia_out Image: Matt Jones
  28. 28. Image credits in order of appearance... Glider, Library of Congress http://www.flickr.com/photos/library_of_congress/2179889372/ Melbourne Museum by Robyn Flett http://www.flickr.com/photos/patrob/2201798578/ Great hall, Library of Congress http://www.flickr.com/photos/library_of_congress/7562148526/ Dora's lost data http://museumgam.es/dora/ Party photo, Smithsonian Institution http://www.flickr.com/photos/smithsonian/3173868996/ London - Archive Research by Magnus Halsnes http://www.flickr.com/photos/magh/2870616505/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/usnationalarchives/4727573854/ Curzona Allport from Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office http:// www.flickr.com/photos/tasmanianarchiveandheritageoffice/8595612313/ Old Weather http://oldweather.org/ Smithsonian Institution, Fish-Weir Across Trinity River--Hupa http://www.flickr.com/photos/smithsonian/2838784417/ http://forum.oldweather.org/index.php?topic=671.0 http://herbariaunited.org/specimen/298356/ http://herbariaunited.org/wiki/Alicia_Mildred_Barnard http://www.flickr.com/photos/anmm_thecommons/10698998084/ Museum mission statements: http://www.collectionslink.org.uk/discover/new-perspectives/1380-what-are-museums-for, http://www.wordle.net/show/wrdl/5460066/Museum_Missions Hålanda Church, Västergötland, Sweden, Swedish National Heritage Board http://www.flickr.com/photos/swedish_heritage_board/3874471799/ 'Je participe' http://www.lithgow-schmidt.dk/sherry-arnstein/ladder-of-citizen-participation.html Screenshot http://10most.org.uk/ Screenshot: http://www.historypin.com/project/22-yearofthebay/# 'tension' State Library of Queensland http://www.flickr.com/photos/statelibraryqueensland/6508794003/ Smithsonian Institution, Postmaster, General James A. Farley During National Air Mail Week, 1938 https://www.flickr.com/photos/smithsonian/2551232980/ 'Commons as party' Powerhouse Museum, Canterbury Bankstown Rugby League Football Club's third annual Ball http://www.flickr.com/photos/powerhouse_museum/3422783428/

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