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DataLumos
"DataLumos is an ICPSR archive for valuable government data resources. ICPSR has a long commitment to safekeeping and disseminating US government and other social science data. DataLumos accepts deposits of public data resources from the community and recommendations of public data resources that ICPSR itself might add to DataLumos."
data  data-curation  government  crowdsourcing  preservation  archives  repository 
february 2017 by tsuomela
How Should Colleges Share Ideas? - The Atlantic
I'm skeptical that this project is really crowdsourcing, more of a cooperative resource sharing, but such is the power of buzzwords.
crowdsourcing  academia 
february 2016 by tsuomela
Wikipedia Gamergate scandal: How a bad source made Wikipedia wrong about itself.
"The online encyclopedia chews up and spits out bad facts, and its own policies are letting it happen."
wikipedia  online  editing  culture  crowdsourcing  crowds  bureaucracy  rules  feminism  gamergate 
february 2015 by tsuomela
Crowdsourcing our Cultural Heritage by Mia Ridge
"Crowdsourcing, or asking the general public to help contribute to shared goals, is increasingly popular in memory institutions as a tool for digitising or computing vast amounts of data. This book brings together for the first time the collected wisdom of international leaders in the theory and practice of crowdsourcing in cultural heritage. It features eight accessible case studies of groundbreaking projects from leading cultural heritage and academic institutions, and four thought-provoking essays that reflect on the wider implications of this engagement for participants and on the institutions themselves. Crowdsourcing in cultural heritage is more than a framework for creating content: as a form of mutually beneficial engagement with the collections and research of museums, libraries, archives and academia, it benefits both audiences and institutions. However, successful crowdsourcing projects reflect a commitment to developing effective interface and technical designs. This book will help practitioners who wish to create their own crowdsourcing projects understand how other institutions devised the right combination of source material and the tasks for their ‘crowd’. The authors provide theoretically informed, actionable insights on crowdsourcing in cultural heritage, outlining the context in which their projects were created, the challenges and opportunities that informed decisions during implementation, and reflecting on the results. "
book  publisher  crowdsourcing  cultural-heritage-institution  GLAMs 
february 2015 by tsuomela
Crowd Consortium
"Welcome to the newly formed Crowdsourcing Consortium for Libraries and Archives, whose aim is to examine how libraries, archives, and museums, can most effectively use crowdsourcing techniques to augment their collections and enhance their patrons’ experience."
crowdsourcing  cultural-heritage-institution  digital-humanities  citizen-science 
february 2015 by tsuomela
Crowd science user contribution patterns and their implications
"Scientific research performed with the involvement of the broader public (the crowd) attracts increasing attention from scientists and policy makers. A key premise is that project organizers may be able to draw on underused human resources to advance research at relatively low cost. Despite a growing number of examples, systematic research on the effort contributions volunteers are willing to make to crowd science projects is lacking. Analyzing data on seven different projects, we quantify the financial value volunteers can bring by comparing their unpaid contributions with counterfactual costs in traditional or online labor markets. The volume of total contributions is substantial, although some projects are much more successful in attracting effort than others. Moreover, contributions received by projects are very uneven across time—a tendency toward declining activity is interrupted by spikes typically resulting from outreach efforts or media attention. Analyzing user-level data, we find that most contributors participate only once and with little effort, leaving a relatively small share of users who return responsible for most of the work. Although top contributor status is earned primarily through higher levels of effort, top contributors also tend to work faster. This speed advantage develops over multiple sessions, suggesting that it reflects learning rather than inherent differences in skills. Our findings inform recent discussions about potential benefits from crowd science, suggest that involving the crowd may be more effective for some kinds of projects than others, provide guidance for project managers, and raise important questions for future research."
citizen-science  crowdsourcing  participation  success  public-understanding  metrics  measurement 
january 2015 by tsuomela
Human Computation Institute | Collective solutions to societal problems
"The Human Computation Institute is an independent, non-profit, innovation center, founded in 2014, where human computation specialists partner with mission-aligned benefactors, world-class domain experts, and on-the-ground implementers to engineer and deploy crowd-powered solutions to challenging societal problems."
human-computation  crowdsourcing  citizen-science  problem-solving  non-profit  research  consulting 
january 2015 by tsuomela
most people aren’t good at most things | Fredrik deBoer
"There are so many places where we’ve turned over functions once performed by experts to amateurs, and we’re consistently surprised that it doesn’t work out."
crowdsourcing  crowdfunding  crowds  wisdom  knowledge  failure  experts 
december 2014 by tsuomela
Flu Near You | HealthMap
"Flu Near You is a site administered by Healthmap of Boston Children’s Hospital in partnership with the American Public Health Association and the Skoll Global Threats Fund. Flu Near You is open to anyone for browsing. Any individual living in the United States or Canada, 13 years of age or older, can register to complete brief, weekly surveys that help all of us learn more about the flu. This effort is supported with private funds to demonstrate its utility for multiple sectors who must work together for pandemic preparedness if data is openly shared. The information on the site will be available to public health officials, researchers, disaster planning organizations and anyone else who may find this information useful."
influenza  diseases  monitor  epidemiology  season  google  crowdsourcing  health 
september 2014 by tsuomela
SOCIAM | The Theory and Practice of Social Machines
"SOCIAM - Social Machines - will research into pioneering methods of supporting purposeful human interaction on the World Wide Web, of the kind exemplified by phenomena such as Wikipedia and Galaxy Zoo. These collaborations are empowering, as communities identify and solve their own problems, harnessing their commitment, local knowledge and embedded skills, without having to rely on remote experts or governments."
research  social  machine  crowdsourcing  citizen-science  human  computing 
august 2014 by tsuomela
301 Moved Permanently
"FromThePage is free software that allows volunteers to transcribe handwritten documents on-line. It's easy to index and annotate subjects within a text using a simple, wiki-like mark-up. Users can discuss difficult writing or obscure words within a page to refine their transcription. The resulting text is hosted on the web, making documents easy to read and search."
digital-humanities  crowdsourcing  community  transcript  manuscript 
july 2014 by tsuomela
Crowdsourcing in the cultural heritage domain
"Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums (short: GLAMs) around the globe are beginning to explore the potential of crowdsourcing, i. e. outsourcing specific activities to a community though an open call. In this paper, we propose a typology of these activities, based on an empirical study of a substantial amount of projects initiated by relevant cultural heritage institutions. We use the Digital Content Life Cycle model to study the relation between the different types of crowdsourcing and the core activities of heritage organizations. Finally, we focus on two critical challenges that will define the success of these collaborations between amateurs and professionals: (1) finding sufficient knowledgeable, and loyal users; (2) maintaining a reasonable level of quality. We thus show the path towards a more open, connected and smart cultural heritage: open (the data is open, shared and accessible), connected (the use of linked data allows for interoperable infrastructures, with users and providers getting more and more connected), and smart (the use of knowledge and web technologies allows us to provide interesting data to the right users, in the right context, anytime, anywhere -- both with involved users/consumers and providers). It leads to a future cultural heritage that is open, has intelligent infrastructures and has involved users, consumers and providers."
digital-humanities  crowdsourcing  research 
july 2014 by tsuomela
Crowdsourcing | IIPC
"Crowdsourcing Workshop & Use Cases The web is a social platform, built by people and organizations for people and organizations. Web archives are, to all extent and purposes, no different. Yet the disparity between the number of people involved in developing the web, and the number of people involved in archiving the web, is enormous. This proposal seeks to investigate how crowdsourcing web archiving activities may begin to redress that balance and increase the amount of manpower available to throughout all stages of the web archiving workflow in member institutions.  A workshop about the frameworks of crowdsourcing projects and web archiving use cases was held at the 2012 GA in Washington"
web-archive  crowdsourcing  workshop  2012 
july 2014 by tsuomela
Crowdsourcing: How and Why Should Libraries Do It?
"The definition and purpose of crowdsourcing and its relevance to libraries is discussed with particular reference to the Australian Newspapers service, FamilySearch, Wikipedia, Distributed Proofreaders, Galaxy Zoo and The Guardian MP's Expenses Scandal. These services have harnessed thousands of digital volunteers who transcribe, create, enhance and correct text, images and archives. Known facts about crowdsourcing are presented and helpful tips and strategies for libraries beginning to crowdsource are given."
article  crowdsourcing  libraries 
july 2014 by tsuomela
DP: Welcome
"Distributed Proofreaders provides a web-based method to ease the conversion of Public Domain books into e-books. By dividing the workload into individual pages, many volunteers can work on a book at the same time, which significantly speeds up the creation process."
proofreading  distributed  crowdsourcing  publishing  editing  collaboration  e-books 
july 2014 by tsuomela
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