Crowdsourcing: How and why should libraries do it?

Holley, Rose Crowdsourcing: How and why should libraries do it? D-Lib Magazine, 2010, vol. 16, n. 3/4 Ma. [Journal article (On-line/Unpaginated)]


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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.

Item type: Journal article (On-line/Unpaginated)
Keywords: Crowdsourcing, social engagement, web 2.0, text correction, digital libraries, digital volunteers, virtual volunteering, wisdom of crowds, citizen science.
Subjects: J. Technical services in libraries, archives, museum. > JG. Digitization.
J. Technical services in libraries, archives, museum. > JZ. None of these, but in this section.
Depositing user: Rose Holley
Date deposited: 10 Apr 2010
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 12:16


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