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From tagging to theorizing: deepening engagement with cultural heritage through crowdsourcing

Ridge, Mia (2013). From tagging to theorizing: deepening engagement with cultural heritage through crowdsourcing. Curator: The Museum Journal, 56(4) pp. 435–450.

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Abstract

Crowdsourcing, or “obtaining information or services by soliciting input from a large number of people,” is becoming known for the impressive productivity of projects that ask the public to help transcribe, describe, locate, or categorize cultural heritage resources. This essay argues that crowdsourcing projects can also be a powerful platform for audience engagement with museums, offering truly deep and valuable connection with cultural heritage through online collaboration around shared goals or resources. It includes examples of well-designed crowdsourcing projects that provide platforms for deepening involvement with citizen history and citizen science; useful definitions of “engagement”; and evidence for why some activities help audiences interact with heritage and scientific material. It discusses projects with committed participants and considers the role of communities of participants in engaging participants more deeply.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2013 The California Academy of Sciences
ISSN: 2151-6952
Keywords: crowdsourcing; public participation; museums; history
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > History, Religious Studies, Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 39117
Depositing User: Mia Ridge
Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2013 09:26
Last Modified: 24 Sep 2017 16:39
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/39117
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