Book Launch: Crowdsourcing our Cultural Heritage, ed. Mia Ridge
Thursday, 20 November 2014 from 18:30 to 20:00 (GMT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
The UCL Centre for Digital Humanities (UCLDH) is pleased to invite you to a book launch party for Crowdsourcing our Cultural Heritage (2014), edited by Mia Ridge.
Crowdsourcing, or asking the general public to help contribute to shared goals, is increasingly popular in memory institutions as a tool for digitising or computing vast amounts of data. This book brings together for the first time the collected wisdom of international leaders in the theory and practice of crowdsourcing in cultural heritage. It features eight accessible case studies of groundbreaking projects from leading cultural heritage and academic institutions, and four thought-provoking essays that reflect on the wider implications of this engagement for participants and on the institutions themselves.
The book features a chapter by UCLDH’s Melissa Terras and Tim Causer on Transcribe Bentham, UCLDH's flagship crowdsourcing project which asks people to help in transcribing the works of the philosopher and social reformer Jeremy Bentham.
About the Editor: Mia Ridge specialises in user experience design for participation and engagement in cultural heritage and the digital humanities, and has advised organisations such as the BBC, Public Catalogue Foundation, The Science Museum Group and the V&A Museum on usability, audience participation and crowdsourcing. Mia has lead workshops teaching design for crowdsourcing in cultural heritage and academia for groups such as the British Library’s Digital Scholarship programme and the Digital Humanities 2013 conference. Her research at the Open University focuses on effective design for participatory digital history and the collaborative enhancement of historical materials.