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Crowdsourcing a DH project M.Phil in DH TCD 1 October 2014

Karolina Badzmierowska @karolinabadzbadzmiek@tcd.ie Emma Clarke@Clarke__Emmaclarkee8@tcd.ie

Crowdsourcing a DH project

M.Phil in DH TCD1 October 2014

Whatis crowdsourcing?

Wikipedia entry for Crowdsourcing:902 editors1802 revisionsedits made by the top 10% of editors: 745 (41.3%)page viewed 50685 times in the last 30 days

a monster map of Britain's trees

GOAL: to record the trees near you and to find out how they benefit the local environment

48,612 trees

records from public records and citizen foresters

http://www.treezilla.org/description bar for each tree: common name, scientific name, trunk diameter, tree height, date planted, condition, location, images, map, street view...

description bar for each tree: common name, scientific name, trunk diameter, tree height, dtae planted, condition, location, images, map, street view...

Its aim is to engage the public in the online transcription of original and unstudied manuscript papers written by Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832), the great philosopher and reformer.

http://blogs.ucl.ac.uk/transcribe-bentham/

Benthamometer for progress updateHall of Fame and Top Contributors

Transcribe Bentham is a an award-winning participatory project based at University College London. Its aim is to engage the public in the online transcription of original and unstudied manuscript papers written by Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832), the great philosopher and reformer. collecting all the names of places and features in Wales from the Ordnance Surveys six-inch to a mile maps of c. 1900

http://www.cymru1900wales.org/

(...) there is here a huge potential to tap into local knowledge and memoryhttps://www.zooniverse.org/

The Zooniverse is home to the Internet's largest, most popular and most successful citizen science projects

200,000 publicly owned oil paintings online

Each painting will be tagged many times by members of the public, and algorithms behind the scenes will calculate which tags are likely to be the most accurate

http://tagger.thepcf.org.uk/

Letters of 1916 projectProject launched on 27 September 2013

Timespan of the letters: 1 Nov 1915 - 31 Oct 1916

Historical significance in the Decade of Centenaries (2012 - 2022)How many people do you think work on the Letters 1916 project?

fear of the unknowncopyright issuescost / lack of resources for digitisationplanning their own 1916 project

How did the Letters of 1916 Project get from its launch (27 Sept 2013) to where it is today?

Amy Sample Ward

Who is the crowd?

If projects in this area wish to have impact, as well as be impacted upon, they need to reach out and recognize that the public wish to be collaborated with.

(Dunn)

Put a mechanism in place for your contributors to talk to each other, as well as to you

(Dunn)

Philip Costello retired in 2012, having completed 40 years in the Public Service. He is married to Catherine and they have four children and two grandchildren. Since his retirement he has been volunteering at various festivals in Dublin, as well as the Letters 1916 Project.

Super-PhilA good crowdsourcing project should build any necessary data validation into the project (Ridge)

Kapin, Allyson, and Amy Sample Ward. Social Change Anytime Everywhere: How to Implement Online Multichannel Strategies to Spark Advocacy, Raise Money, and Engage Your Community. John Wiley & Sons, 2013.

Karolina Badzmierowska @karolinabadzbadzmiek@tcd.ie Emma Clarke@Clarke__Emmaclarkee8@tcd.ie