Crowd-Sourcing in the Humanities


Resource authors: Stuart Dunn

Crowd-sourcing, the process of leveraging public participation in or contributions to projects and activities, is relatively new to the academy, and even newer to the humanities. However, at a time when the web is simultaneously transforming the way in which people collaborate and communicate, and merging the spaces which the academic and non-academic communities inhabit, it has never been more important to consider the role which public communities – connected or otherwise – have come to play in academic humanities research. The purpose of the Crowd-Sourcing Scoping Study was to review crowd-sourcing practices in the academic humanities, to assess their impact and development, to consider the motivations and aspects of community among those who participate, and to present a typology that captures the various approaches that have emerged.

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