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Crowdsourcing as Public Engagement

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Crowdsourcing as Public Engagement

  1. 1. 20th September 2011<br />Ithaka Sustainable Scholarship Conference, New York<br />Crowdsourcing as Public Engagement<br />Alastair Dunning Digitisation Programme Manager<br />
  2. 2. Crowdsourcing as Public Engagement<br />@alastairdunning<br />a.dunning (AT) jisc.ac.uk<br />http://www.slideshare.net/xcia0069/crowdsourcing-as-public-engagement<br />
  3. 3. JISC – Network, Services, Innovation, <br />Includes Content (http://www.jisc-content.ac.uk)<br />
  4. 4. imagine ten thousand members of the general public outside the entrance to your library ....<br />
  5. 5. qualms?<br /> maybe. <br />but you would <br />not just dismiss them out of hand<br />
  6. 6. this is crowdsourcing/<br />community content.<br />about how we engagepublic(s) with collections, research, onlineresources<br />
  7. 7. contributions to the oxford english dictionary<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/adventuresinlibrarianship/500218879/<br />
  8. 8. wikipedia - a massive <br />crowdsourcing project<br />
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  10. 10. Since 2008, Australian digitised newspapers invited transcriptions, very popular with local and family historians – 47,168,258 lines of c.3m pages of newspapers corrected <br />
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  12. 12. eBird since 2002 – 1.5m observations in one month! <br />
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  15. 15. World Archives Project - Commercial publishers involved in crowdsourcing as well<br /> 91,000contributors. <br />98.4 million records indexed<br />
  16. 16. how do you engage publics in some of the academy’s most boring and labourious tasks?<br />
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  20. 20. engaging, slick interfaces, innovative games, and good communications will help exploitpublic(s) interest<br />
  21. 21. exploit?<br />
  22. 22. <ul><li> exploit?
  23. 23. do we want users exploited?
  24. 24. will they get bored?
  25. 25. how do we sustain their interest?</li></li></ul><li>“it will be essential to avoid developing <br />intellectual capital from others’ resources without helping them to grow their cultural capital.”<br />
  26. 26. hmm. what project do this?<br />
  27. 27. volunteers have their own timescales<br />sustaining that engagement via recognition<br />
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  29. 29. need to think of crowdsourcing as part of larger public engagement mission; not a single project but culturally embedded<br />
  30. 30. universities, cultural heritage institutions, and other related bodies need to ...<br />
  31. 31. <ul><li>increase numbers
  32. 32. raise awareness
  33. 33. inform, but listen and respond
  34. 34. get donations
  35. 35. create community cohesion</li></li></ul><li>those ten thousand cataloguers are part of your broader remit. And maybe helpful for more than cataloguing<br />
  36. 36. References<br />JISC (http://www.jisc.ac.uk) and portal to JISC Content (http://www.jisc-content.ac.uk/)<br />Trove – Australian Newspapers - http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper<br />eBird - http://ebird.org/<br />Leaf Watch (Conkers) - http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/conker-tree-science-leaf-watch/id445371129?mt=8<br />World Archives Project - http://community.ancestry.com/wap<br />fold.it - http://fold.it/<br />Digital Koot - http://www.digitalkoot.fi/en<br />Digitisation, Curation and Two Way Engagement<br />RunCoCo - http://projects.oucs.ox.ac.uk/runcoco/<br />Great War Archive - http://www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/ww1lit/gwa/<br />http://www.europeana1914-1918.eu/en<br />
  37. 37. Sources of Big Numbers<br />Wikipedia – Wikimedia Strategic Plan up to 2015, p 4-8<br />Trove – Trove Statistics (as of 14th September 2011)<br />eBird – About eBird (accessed 14th September 2011)<br />World Archives Project – Public Tweet (14th September 2011)<br />

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