Crowdsourcing our cultural heritage

By Gretchen | December 20, 2013

By Mia Ridge

Almost in press, my edited volume, ‘Crowdsourcing our cultural heritage’, will be published with Ashgate in 2014 (Hardback ISBN 978-1-4724-1022-1).

Here’s a sneak peek at what’s in store…

Crowdsourcing our Cultural Heritage

Edited by Mia Ridge, Open University, UK

Crowdsourcing, generally described as the act of taking work once performed within an organisation and outsourcing it to the general public in an open call, is becoming increasingly popular in memory institutions as a tool for digitising or computing vast amounts of data.  This book aims to bring together for the first time the collected wisdom of international leaders in the theory and practice of crowdsourcing in cultural heritage.

Crowdsourcing can be immensely effective for engaging audiences with the collections of cultural heritage organisations, but it is not a panacea.  The investment of resources needed to build a successful crowdsourcing project requires an overview of the range of options and consideration of the impact on memory institutions relationships with its audiences, alongside technical and interface decisions.  Through this book readers will gain an understanding of key issues in the design of crowdsourcing projects.  The authors offer accessible case studies from a range of internationally significant projects in museums, libraries, archives and higher education with theoretically informed, actionable insights on crowdsourcing in cultural heritage.  They outline the context in which their projects were created, the challenges and opportunities that informed decisions during implementation, and reflect on the results.  This book will be essential reading for information and cultural management professionals, students and researchers in universities, corporate, public or academic libraries, museums and archives.

Read full post here. (Originally posted 18 December 2013)