• Empowering everyone to add to “History”

    Hi everyone! I’m a web developer, and my primary motivation for attending THATcamp was to hopefully gain a bit more visibility into the world of the institutions that I’ve been working with on whatwasthere.com – a site built to present historical photography in a geospatial context, amidst the modern-day landscape.

    I’m interested in discussing the challenges in attempting to crowdsource the process of metadata aggregation across a wider audience – especially in gathering non-textual metadata, such as location. I can speak to the obstacles we encountered in building the tool we offer for users to geolocate photographs.

    I’m also interested in discussing the institutional perspective on “crowdsourced” data. ┬áHaving read the other posts here, this topic seems a little thin, but I’m thinking it may fit nicely as a side conversation in one of the many related discussions.

2 Comments


  1. jonvoss says:

    I’m in! plus there’s lot’s of experts here on gamification and possibilities for crowdsourcing…

  2. felicia says:

    I curious about sustainability of crowdsourcing. Not in the humanities, but for example, the SETI (search for extraterrestial intelligence) project uses the crowdsourced computing power with the screensaver you can get from http://setiathome.ssl.berkeley.edu/
    Government funding for SETI is going away. I can see this happening to other projects. Who should serve the crowd? Who provides infrastructure? How is is sustained. I find this particularly interesting.

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