The project’s first workshop was held on May 28th and 29th at KCL.
The following key questions were identified:
- How do we address the supposed dichotomy of professionalism “versus” amateurism? How should the two spheres interact?
- How do we cross the ‘digital divide’? We must avoid assuming that everyone who may wish to contribute to a crowd-sourcing project has unlimited internet access.
- What types of question are particularly amenable to crowd sourcing approaches
- Does crowd-sourcing best address closed or open ended questions?
- What motivates people to contribute?
- How do motivations vary with different types of activity?
- How do we (as researchers) capture and document motivations? This has been tried before in several projects, but approaches are tailored to particular types of contributor community.
- How can funders collaborate with researchers in getting the most out of academic crowd-sourcing?
- Issues of data quality are extremely important – how can we ensure quality, and what does quality mean?
- How can crowd-sourcing projects, and the data they create, be sustained? How do we preserve the effort people have put in?
Position papers and slides of the presenters:
Philip Brohan, Met Office
New Uses for Old Weather
Stella Wisdom and Andrew Gray, British Library
Crowd-Sourcing Activities at the British Library
Erin Sullivan, Shakespeare Institute
Shakespeare’s Global Communities
We are gathering links relevant to humanities crowd sourcing on a Delicious stack: , and would be happy to know of any URLs not listed that should be added.
Also, along with colleagues from the British Library, we have recently started a crowd sourcing discussion group: see where it goes from there.
In our first networking meeting to be held in May, the following questions concerning humanities projects involved with crowd sourcing will be addressed:
* What are the objectives and/or research area of your project(s)?
* How many contributors are engaged in your project? Has this number changed over the course of the project?
* What does ‘engagement’ mean in that context?
* Do you offer incentives (e.g. a ranking system, prestige, recognition, material rewards etc) to your contributors? If not, what interests motivate them?
* What value has crowd sourcing bought to your content/project? Is this value measurable?
* What do you consider to be the main research outputs that crowd sourcing has enabled (or will enable)?