Crowdsourcing for Digital Collections

This class will help your organization wrap its arms around all the various pieces associated with crowdsourcing aspects of a digital project, such as metadata or transcriptions. Basic definitions, becoming comfortable with a number of different examples and practices in the field, defining workflows, lessons learned and locating tools will all be part of this two-hour conversation.

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Join us to dig in to this special topic and leave with practical information that you can apply to contemporary crowdsourcing projects.

The instructors will focus on applying basic definitions common in crowdsourcing but also point to a number of model projects that can be found in archives, museums, scientific collections, libraries and other organizations that we can learn from. The class will examine infrastructure needs, successful workflows, and lessons learned.

In addition, the class will also talk about how crowdsourcing projects can be used to:
• Develop community
• Market and build new audiences for digital collections
• Engage internal stakeholders with strategic initiatives
• Relate to digital humanities initiatives

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify successful models for crowdsourcing projects from a number of different cultural communities
  • Locate tools to start crowdsourcing
  • Model workflows for crowdsourcing at their own institution
  • Analyze lessons learned from a variety of projects

Instructor: Leigh Grinstead

Leigh Grinstead has more than 20 years of experience working in museums, overseeing collections and conducting collection inventories. During her nearly half decade with the Collaborative Digitization Program (CDP) Leigh's love of project management, grants work and administration has been well tested. She has extensive experience in digital projects. Her years working with museum collections gave her the drive to be a hands-on advocate for digitization, and her project management experience has allowed her to add discipline to the planning, budgeting, implementation and analysis stages of digitization projects. In addition, Leigh has been responsible for training many library and cultural heritage professionals in the use of digital technologies, including CONTENTdm. Leigh currently conducts in-person, as well as online courses. She has also managed National Endowment for Humanities and Institute for Museum and Library Services grants, including the Colorado Statewide Connecting to collections grant; and is consulting on three others. She is well versed in collaborative techniques and is an enthusiastic and highly skilled professional. LYRASIS is thrilled to have her on staff to support libraries, archives and others as they discover, share and experience the benefits of digitization.

Those responsible for managing digitization, digital programs, and those interested in crowdsourced metadata in archives, libraries or museums. Truly, curators, collection managers, administrators, metadata librarians, archivists, special collections staff and those who have participated in digital projects are all welcome.
Frequency: offered 2 times a year, Summer & Winter

Archival Recertification Credits - ARCs: 1
Information on Archival Recertification Credits

Registrations for this class must be received at least one week before the class date. Registrants should receive an email offering detailed login and setup instructions. Please call 800.999.8558 if you do not receive this email at least three days before the class. This class is designed for individual participation; each individual must register.

Time: All live online classes are in Eastern time.

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