ACDH-CH LECTURE SERIES 6.2
Title: CROWDSOURCING METHODS TO INCREASE PUBLIC ACCESS AND ENGAGEMENT WITH CULTURAL HERITAGE AND ACADEMIC DATASETS
Speaker: Dr. Victoria Van Hyning
Crowdsourcing, also known as “cultural heritage co-creation” or “commons-based per production,” is the practice of organizations inviting volunteers from diverse backgrounds to engage with collections such as digitized manuscript images, camera trap data, or microscopy images, in order to create new datasets to aid researchers and patrons of many kinds. Ideally, crowdsourcing projects further research and widen access to information, while also giving participants the opportunity to gain or sharpen their own research skills and interest in the subject area. Academics and cultural heritage practitioners can leverage crowdsourcing to democratize access to knowledge, and skills such as digital literacy, and palaeography—the ability to interpret handwriting, and transcribe documents.