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Kenn Bicknell
Kenn Bicknell

Maps, manuscripts and the masses: successfully crowd-sourcing metadata for historic collections

VALA2016 CONCURRENT SESSION 17: Getting Social
Thursday 11 February 2016, 14:45 - 15:15
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Kenn Bicknell

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, USA

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New web-based technologies are providing information professionals with tools to collect and preserve historical resources as never before. Many institutions are engaging the public in assisting them with metadata creation to improve description, increase access, and expand the body of knowledge surrounding their resources. These activities not only provide organisations with critical human resources, but build a more informed and engaged community of users. This paper reviews examples of several types of these innovative projects and what the evolution of “crowd-sourced metadata” may mean for the professional role of future librarians, archivists and curators.


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