Crowdsourcing could be a silver bullet for integrating digital humanities methods into the undergraduate curriculum. Why?
Crowdsourcing means getting the general public to do tasks. Jeff Howe explains the phenomenon in “The Rise of Crowdsourcing” (Wired Magazine, June 2006) by analogy with outsourcing. This method of labor is growing for scholarly and cultural heritage projects, and that’s where it intersects with the undergraduate curriculum. Collaborative manuscript transcription projects, like Transcribe Bentham, have received quite a bit of the attention, but there are a variety of opportunities out there for motivated students to engage in the process of digitizing, preserving, and studying collective resources and data. For example, the Perseus Digital Library (whose flagship collections cover the history, literature and culture of the Greco-Roman world) has drafted a call to
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