Crowdsourcing – Exploitation or Collaboration? (AFF-601)

In a previous post discussing the Letters of 1916 Project, I broadly considered the means by which that project, a public history project, garnered its database of letters and transcriptions: crowdsourcing. The topic itself appears to be a many-faceted one; does it, as a practice, promote a sense of community? Is this communal sense of preservation more important than the scholarly preservation that happens as a consequence of the former? Is crowdsourcing, in essence, purely a means to a scholarly end; an exploitation of the public by academics? This blog post will explore and argue these questions with the aim of creating a better understanding of crowdsourcing as a practice in public history projects.

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