Build the Crowdsourcing Community of Your Dreams
Saturday, March 12
12:30PM - 1:30PM
Westin Austin Downtown
310 E 5th ST
The Smithsonian's online Transcription Center has 5,200 digital volunteers worldwide - together, they’ve transcribed 110,000 pages of historic documents. An estimated 2-3M people worldwide contribute to citizen science projects. Someone somewhere is ready to share their time while connecting with your organization. How can you harness the power of crowds to improve your content, engage your community, & enrich their experience?
You’ll hear real details from four citizen science & historical crowdsourcing projects on how to rally your fans for meaningful contribution. Then learn why openly sharing resources & involving participants in design builds better spaces for engagement and research.
Quotient Inc on behalf of Smithsonian Institution
As Project Coordinator for the Smithsonian Transcription Center, Dr. Meghan Ferriter leads a program of engagement and optimizes collaborative transcription workflows. Meghan has been invited to di...Show the rest
As Project Coordinator for the Smithsonian Transcription Center, Dr. Meghan Ferriter leads a program of engagement and optimizes collaborative transcription workflows. Meghan has been invited to discuss her success in establishing productive and meaningful audience experiences in the U.S. and U.K. She also helps organizations understand the ways communities form and navigate conflict; and how those groups behave as a result. She enjoys learning every day while partnering with volunteers and staff to increase access to Smithsonian Institution collections.
An anthropologist and cultural historian, Meghan's doctoral thesis explored sport media discourses and audience reception. She seeks ways to tell and create access to the stories that bring meaning to our world -- whether in shared cultural heritage, sports, or popular culture. Her recent research explores communities collaborating in digital platforms including Tumblr and Twitter and crowdsourcing and citizen science best practices, including improving the design, implementation, and calls to action for group activity in these spaces.Hide the rest
The British Library
Dr. Mia Ridge joined the British Library’s Digital Scholarship team as Digital Curator in October 2015. Mia’s PhD in digital humanities (Department of History, Open University) was titled ‘Making d...Show the rest
Dr. Mia Ridge joined the British Library’s Digital Scholarship team as Digital Curator in October 2015. Mia’s PhD in digital humanities (Department of History, Open University) was titled ‘Making digital history: The impact of digitality on public participation and scholarly practices in historical research’.
Mia has published and presented widely on her key areas of interest including: user experience design, human-computer interaction, open cultural data, audience engagement and participation in the cultural heritage sector and digital history. Her edited volume, ‘Crowdsourcing our Cultural Heritage’ (Ashgate) was published in October 2014.
In 2014, she was a CENDARI Visiting Research Fellow at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. Mia has also had residencies at the Powerhouse Museum (Sydney, 2012) and the Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum (New York, 2012) and two short Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities for the Polis Center Institute on ‘Spatial Narrative and Deep Maps: Explorations in the Spatial Humanities’ (Indianapolis, 2012) and the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media’s One Week | One Tool institute (Fairfax, Virginia, 2013), where she helped create the award-winning Serendip-o-matic. Mia is also known for her work on crowdsourcing metadata games for museums.
Formerly Lead Web Developer at the Science Museum Group, Mia has worked internationally as a business analyst, digital consultant and web programmer in the cultural heritage and commercial sectors.Hide the rest
I volunteer for a variety of cultural heritage organisations and citizen science projects. My main focus is on transcribing documents and specimen labels for the Smithsonian Transcription Center. M...Show the rest
I volunteer for a variety of cultural heritage organisations and citizen science projects. My main focus is on transcribing documents and specimen labels for the Smithsonian Transcription Center. My passion for this activity has lead me to engage more in social media (specifically Twitter) and also to me participating in other crowdsourcing projects such as Wikipedia, Zooniverse, the Biodiversity Heritage Library and others.
As I've become more involved in assisting the Smithsonian Institution's crowdsourcing efforts, I've come to realise that everything is connected. Digitisation of natural history specimens and cultural heritage documents reach their full potential when that data is accessible in a machine readable format and then is linked between institutions and individuals.
I gain a lot of satisfaction from volunteering for crowdsourcing projects and from the friendships and knowledge gained from participating. I hope to share the perspective of one of the "crowd" when presenting our panel.