Jason Heppler and Gabriel Wolfenstein, “Crowdsourcing Public Digital History” The American Historian.

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The success of recent digital crowdsourcing projects, including Flickr Commons, the National Archive’s Citizen Archivist Dashboard, History Harvest, and Transcribe Bentham have demonstrated the degree of success that crowdsourcing offers to cultural heritage and public digital history. Like any research, a crowdsourcing project requires careful planning and an understanding of what is meant by crowdsourcing in a specific project. In this essay we discuss the importance of these definitions, describe a few successful and well-known crowdsourced projects, and discuss one of the projects we are working on here at Stanford’s Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis (CESTA).


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