Monthly Archives: September 2015

Elderly Slaves on the Middle Passage

For my data analysis this week, I utilized the Trans-Atlantic Slave Database and encountered an unusual outlier in the data that I thought I would share for feedback and thoughts. I used the African Name Database (so only any slaves

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Crowdsourcing

For my crowdsourcing project I contributed to Transcribe Bentham, an online initiative to transcribe the manuscripts of Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832), a British philosopher and social reformer, from the archives of University College London. Contributors assist by using the site’s Transcription Desk to

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Crowdsourcing Project: Bracero History Archive

For this week’s assignment, I chose to look at the Bracero History Archive. This database collects oral histories and artifacts from the Bracero initiative of the 1940s-1960s. During WWII, the US faced a shortage of manual laborers so it created

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Defining Crowdsourcing

Perhaps the most obvious, yet thought-provoking article we had to read this week was Trever Owen’s The Crowd and The Library. Owens takes a closer look at the definition of “crowdsourcing” and how the business-deviated term doesn’t quite fit in

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Making History – Transcribe (Library of Virginia)

For the crowd-sourcing project this week, I contributed to the transcription efforts of the Library of Virginia through Making History-Transcribe. At any given time, they have five to ten active collections of documents to be transcribed. Currently, the collections available

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Crowdsourcing Blog – Zooinverse: Old Weather

For my crowdsourcing project, I transcribed weather information recorded in 19th century American ship logs as part of the Zooinverse: Old Weather project. The purpose of this project is to “Help scientists recover Arctic and worldwide weather observations made by United

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Metadata Games

I did my crowdsourcing on Metadata Games, a National Standard open source game platform which relies on crowd participation involving a cache of media items including digitized images, audio, and video from over 45 collections from 11 institutions.  Through collaborations

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Crowdsourcing – Galaxy Zoo

I chose Galaxy Zoo for my Crowdsourcing Project because Astronomy is second only to history for me as a subject of fascination. Galaxy Zoo crowdsources the vast amount of data gathered for Physical Cosmology, the study of galaxy formation and

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Trove project

I joined the Trove project for our crowdsourcing assignment. It’s a database run by the National Library of Australia which aims to connect various archives, museums, universities and libraries in the country. On one hand, Trove shares the metadata and digital reproductions

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Missing Maps project

The “crowdsourcing” project I got involved with was the Missing Maps project, part of OpenStreetMap. OpenStreetMap is intended to create a freely available and freely editable (like Wikipedia) mapping project. One of its goals is to map parts of the

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