Panel: Crowdsourcing – three perspectives
- Chris Dempsey
- Donelle McKinley on 'Why evaluation isn’t a party at the end: the role of evaluation in the design, development and optimisation of crowdsourcing websites': Crowdsourcing in the humanities and cultural heritage sector is still in an experimental phase, and questions about the methods and basis for evaluating crowdsourcing projects remain largely unexplored. In particular, few studies have addressed evaluation of the websites with which volunteers interact, which raises the question: how effectively and efficiently are crowdsourcing websites supporting participation and quality contribution?
- Chris Dempsey on 'Crowdsourcing in New Zealand – lessons from Whanganui': Crowdsourced projects can be wildly successful, or abject failures. If you are considering a crowdsourced project yourself, you’ll want to get some inside knowledge on the tricks, traps and pitfalls that can be encountered, what you’ll need to do beforehand, how much effort you’ll need to put in and what outcomes you can expect. Wanganui Library has over 150,000 typed and handwritten index cards (with the occasional newspaper clipping attached) covering details about births, death, marriages and other events. Digitising these was the easy part, crowdsourcing their content into a rich data source was somewhat trickier.
- Max Sullivan on 'Captive and captivated crowd: ‘Class sourcing’ transcription of manuscript collections': Victoria University of Wellington Library’s Digital Initiatives team supported history professor Charlotte Macdonald and her third-year history class with an assessment which aimed to introduce students to working with primary sources while developing knowledge of digital humanities. The class required students to work in small groups transcribing and encoding manuscripts from the National Library’s Mclean Papers and minute books of the Society for the Protection of Women and Children with a view to re-use and showing their potential to the digital humanities.
About the speakers
Donelle McKinley is a PhD candidate in the School of Information Management at Victoria University of Wellington, with a research focus on crowdsourcing.
Chris Dempsey is the lead developer of RECOLLECT at New Zealand Micrographic Services and is a true believer in crowdsourcing and the sharing of information.
Max Sullivan works on digitisation projects at the Victoria University of Wellington Library.
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