Just to let you know that Jil and I attended a one day seminar at Kings College London's Maughan Library. Its purpose was for academics from Kings College, to obtain information about Crowd Sourcing (CS), specifically about humanities related projects, as part of a Humanities Research Council funded research programme.
Questions we discussed included: why people do it, our experiences, our motivations, how we got involved and how has our community developed. After a pleasant lunch we moved on to discuss the future of CS, the kinds of knowledge that CS can provide in the humanities and how researchers can best used CS for their projects.
The seminar was attended by representatives from several projects including Herbaria @ Home, Marine Lives, one on gravestones, the Dickens project, and one on mapping, so a really diverse and interesting group. Many of the participants have also had experience of other CS humanities projects.
I think Jil and I gave a good account of OW and how well it works. A key point that we stressed was that it is vital for a significant sized project like OW to have an active and well moderated forum, so we did pay tribute to the work that our moderators have done. Also we made it very clear that a really strong community can develop with individuals taking roles and helping and leading others and that this has contributed to the success of OW.
It was interesting that OW is a cross between a citizen science project and a humanities project, whereas the others were specifically humanities.
I would of course also be happy to answer any questions. We expect a short summary of the day to all participants, so if anyone is interested I will be happy to forward a copy when it arrives.