As I said in class, this week before we meet you should take some time to participate in a crowdsourcing project to see how some institutions are digitizing their content. Everyone should take a different one so that we can compare notes about the possibilities and pitfalls of this sort of thing. You’ll probably be happiest if you can find something that maps against your interests (try googling “Crowdsourced ___ history” or something as a last result to find projects.

Spend enough time to make a contribution to the archive, but also browse around and be ready to report to the rest of us how well the project is working, what sort of contributions it seems to be getting, and if it’s a model extensible to other projects. Would you be able to apply these methods to a project yourself? Could you go about digitizing your own research artifacts in these same ways?

Some possibilities:

4 thoughts on “Crowdsourcing

  1. I would like to choose the “Rectify Maps” option for the NYPL. I will get started doing this over the weekend and report back. So far it looks like a very accessible site. The rectifying also does not seem too difficult and the in-site platform they use is very convenient (in that it allows you to georeference maps without using ArcGIS). I have not fully rectified a map yet, but I have looked into the engine they use, some of the finished “rectified maps,” and the pool of un-rectified maps. More to come once I rectify a few, and probably some questions and thoughts on reasons for and the values (or drawbacks) of rectifying maps.

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