2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

Build the Crowdsourcing Community of Your Dreams

Saturday, March 12
12:30PM - 1:30PM

Westin Austin Downtown
Paramount 1
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.

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Ben Brumfield



Meghan Ferriter at SXSW

Meghan Ferriter

Project Coord

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...

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Mia Ridge at SXSW

Mia Ridge

Digital Curator

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...

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Siobhan Leachman at SXSW

Siobhan Leachman



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...

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