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Crowdsourcing & Citizen Archivist Program

At the National Archives, we’re always trying to think of new ways to make our historical records more accessible to the public.  We have only a small fraction of our 10 billion records online, so it’s clear we’ve got to get creative.

It’s vital that we learn how other institutions address this challenge.  One approach we’re seeing is for institutions to engage citizens in crowdsourcing or microvolunteering projects.  These projects leverage the enthusiasm & willingness of online volunteers to transcribe or geotag historical records online.

Yesterday, we hosted a public program in the McGowan Theater called “Are You In? Citizen Archivists, Crowdsourcing, & Open Government.  We heard about three innovative projects:

Jessica Zelt (North American Bird Phenology Program), Matthew Knutzen (New York Public Library), Darla Adams (Ancestry.com), & Meredith Stewart (National Archives, moderator)

I will encourage you to watch the video of the full program below.

Try your hand at these and other types of crowdsourcing projects and let us know what types of projects you would like to see the National Archives develop in the future.

Source: aotus.blogs.archives.gov

Updated: May 19, 2011 — 8:54 pm

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