The Zooniverse is the world’s largest and most popular platform for people-powered research. From astrophysicists looking for galaxies to botanists understanding climate change, these project teams result in new discoveries and datasets. What are the unexpected commonalities and differences in these projects? How does working with volunteers sustain and grow the heart of the research question?
Project sustainability connects to the tools, resources, and opportunities for use and reuse of data. In this conversation, we hear from scholars in the communities that form around crowdsourced data. How can research projects use crowdsourced transcription data to suit their needs? How are scholars reusing data from open-access projects to create new and exciting ways of interacting with knowledge?
Moderator: Will Noel, Princeton University Library
Ryan Cordell, Viral Texts
Daniel Stoekl Ben-Ezra, eScriptorium
Victoria Van Hyning, The David C. Driskell Papers Project
Processes and deliverables for digital projects must meet the needs of both researchers and audiences. In this conversation, we talk with developers, designers, and technical leads on crowdsourcing projects. The more resources go into a project, and the more it speaks to a particular set of research questions, does it become more difficult to sustain? Where is the sweet spot between specificity and sustainability?
Moderator: Rebecca Sutton Koeser, Center for Digital Humanities at Princeton University
Crowdsourcing projects have the ability to engage everyday citizens with humanities and science research in order to create a more active and informed public. How have people engaged in crowdsourcing within our project, the Zooniverse platform, and on similar platforms? There are so many platforms for engaging the public in making collections accessible. How do different crowdsourcing platforms approach project planning, development, and community engagement?
Moderator: Natalia Ermolaev, Center for Digital Humanities at Princeton University
Letting the public ask and take charge of questions can inspire new avenues for conversation. It has been one of our favorite parts about Scribes of the Cairo Geniza. When falling into Geniza fragments, these volunteers found a passion for this work. What did they learn? What do we learn from the experience of working with people in research?
Over four years of project planning and development, Scribes of the Cairo Geniza has grown from an idea into an ongoing initiative. In this session, the PIs and project managers talk about how the Scribes team developed to support the project. What were its initial goals? How did they change? What worked and what didn’t? What were the unexpected takeaways?
Moderator: Jim Casey, Penn State University
Laurie Allen, Library of Congress
Samantha Blickhan, Zooniverse/Adler Planetarium
Laura Newman Eckstein, University of Pennsylvania
Emily Esten, University of Pennsylvania Libraries
Marina Rustow, Princeton University/Princeton Geniza Lab