Thursday, January 30, 2014

Crowd-sourcing for Research!

Friday, February 7, 2014, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Julian 135

Discussion of how scholars have begun using crowd-sourcing as a tool in their research. 

Many scholars have turned to crowd-sourcing, which is when researchers solicit help from an online community in collecting or reformatting content, in conducting research with large amounts of information or data. Along with discussing how scholars at other institutions leverage crowd-sourcing for their research, this session will feature DePauw’s own crowd-sourcing project, transcribing the diary of civil war soldier and DePauw faculty member, James Weaver. Wes Wilson will discuss the origins of the project as well as the process of putting a call out for volunteers to transcribe the handwritten diary into digital text. Participants will brainstorm how crowd-sourcing might facilitate time-consuming research tasks that others interested in the topic could help complete.

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