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Crowdsourcing and Engaging Users: SIA Field Book Project & Wikipedia

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by Meghan Ferriter on 3 June 2013

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Transcript of Crowdsourcing and Engaging Users: SIA Field Book Project & Wikipedia

Crowdsourcing and Engaging Users: Telling stories with the
Field Book Project
and
Improving SIA Wikipedia Presence Meghan Ferriter, Ph.D.
Research Associate
SIA The Problem:
User Engagement and Participatory Processes... in very different ways Considering the Case Study:
The Field Book Project Crowdsourcing Transcription
for the
Field Book Project
(Discovery) Fieldwork Research:
SI Social Media Outreach events Playing with
Transcription Tools Literature Review
and
Case Studies SIA outreach strategic objectives: *To become the definitive source on the Smithsonian's history

*To promote the Smithsonian's catalytic role in research and education in the arts, world cultures, American history, and scientific results

*To expand our audience's awareness of, use of, and access to the Smithsonian Institution Archives' collections and resources Crowdsourcing Transcription
for the
Field Book Project
(Planning) Review and Analysis
of
Existing
Transcription Projects
(Best Practice) Identifying Communities and
Programs of Interest
for Participation Crafting Tentative
Timescales
and
Mode(l)s of
Engagement Crowdsourcing Participation and
Engaging Users


Questions, Comments, Suggestions Meghan Ferriter, Ph.D.
ferriterm@si.edu
@MeghaninMotion Project objectives, using the Field Book Project: *Devise community identification and engagement strategies and methodologies for recruiting/maintaining/growing a dynamic participatory base

*Create compelling stories for targeted communities, focusing on values of knowledge discovery and re-use

*Develop recommendations for technical tools and technology platforms

*Devise an implementation & rollout strategy

*Establish a sustainable means for generating quality transcriptions that can be used for further scientific research Proposed Project Benefits: 1) greater degree of accessibility and usefulness of the transcribed material for future researchers

2) the ability to discover new levels of knowledge and subject matter relationships through previously impossible digital analyses

3) enhancement of the archives' role as the authoritative source for these records

4) more broadly, provision of a set of resources that can be employed with other projects at the Smithsonian Institution or similar cultural heritage organizations http://menus.nypl.org/ https://www.zooniverse.org/project/oldweather http://diyhistory.lib.uiowa.edu/transcribe/ Wikipedia as Participatory Model The Field Book Project and Registry:
Opportunities for Participation Crowdsourcing User Participation:
Engaging, Sustaining, and Growing Over 8000 digitized
and catalogued field books

Opportunities to make
field book contents more
useful to researchers and
scientific community by
transcribing, describing, and
organizing their contents Principles Guiding Engagement and Crowdsourcing NARRATIVE DYNAMIC TRUST OPEN COMMUNICATION 1. Active Participatory Base
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Adaptive Moderation 2. Come-and-go:
low obligation
high reward
high output Clear objectives
Coherent instructions
Two-way dialogue
Open appraisal
Ability to share
Ability to influence Open + Communication
Authoritative
Authentic
Enthusiastic
Appropriate Access to material
Creating Pathways
Linked Systems
Building or Project
Communicative
Enthusiastic Telling a Compelling Story:
Knowledge discovery
Re-use(able)
Sustainable and adaptable
Creating accessibility
Creating useful results & processes
Meaningful learning Next Step: Leading Considerations 1) Compelling Storytelling
narrative of SIA, need & opportunity, community

2) Ease of Participation –
easy to join & engage, easy tool to learn & work, easy to monitor & adapt

3) Usefulness (utility) of process and of results –
learning and benefit to participants and institution
quality of transcription, data capture, & access to results
best practice review/capture for future projects

4) Building & Sustaining: Access and Knowledge
shared, linked, used, expanded, authoritative
resourcing, training, engaging project leader(s)

5) Open Communication –
clearly stating goals, expectations, & results
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