Earlier this afternoon, myself and my classmates in the Digital Humanities Theory and Practice course gave brief presentations on various crowdsourced projects, most of which related to Digital Humanities and/or citizens science in some way. I’ll write more later this week on crowdsourcing in DH in general, but for now, a bit of information on my chosen project:
The What’s on the Menu? project at the New York Public Library launched in 2011 and aims to transcribe and geotag the library’s entire collection of restaurant menus (approximately 45,000 menus dating back to the 1840’s, making it the largest menu collection in the world). The NYPL had some great early successes (its initial goal was reached within the first three months of the project’s launch) and while it seems to have stalled a bit since then, the data compiled by the project provides a fascinating look at America’s culinary and nutritional history.
Visit the project website for more information.