Crowdsourcing the humanities: Social research and collaboration

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  • The phrase “Web 2.0” is supposed to have been coined at a conference brainstorming session about the new types of websites emerging after the collapse.1 Web 2.0 sites, like the Wikipedia and Flickr, are often characterized by broad participation in content creation. They leverage the web to enable content to be created, not by those who manage sites, but by a community of participants. Web 2.0 participatory technologies are now being used by humanists to structure collaborations for research. This chapter will look at the opportunities for collaborative research in the humanities through two humanities computing projects that enabled collaboration through crowdsourcing. This will be framed by a discussion of collaboration in the humanities.

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    © 2012 Rockwell, G. This version of this article is open access and can be downloaded and shared. The original author(s) and source must be cited.
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    • Rockwell, G. (2012). Crowdsourcing the humanities: Social research and collaboration. In M. Deegan & W. McCarty (Eds.), Collaborative Research in the Digital Humanities (pp. 135-154). Farnham, UK: Ashgate.