This one-day workshop will showcase digital crowdsourcing projects in the Arts and Humanities, and discuss the impact of such initiatives.

This one-day workshop will showcase digital crowdsourcing projects in the Arts and Humanities, and discuss the impact of such initiatives. ‘Impact’ is a broad term, which encompasses issues connected to community, digital curation, public engagement and knowledge exchange. Key questions will include:

  • What does impact mean in this environment?

  • What types of impacts can be achieved by crowdsourcing initiatives?

  • How can crowdsourced resources balance quality control and peer review?

  • What are the impacts of devolving key processes away from core teams and institutions to public participants?

  • What impacts do crowdsourcing initiatives have on participants and to what extent is it possible to influence this?

The workshop is aimed at:

  • Crowdsourcing projects in the arts and humanities

  • Academics and students interested in researching crowdsourcing

  • Digital humanities scholars interested in the role of crowdsourcing in knowledge exchange and public engagement

  • Institutional staff interested in launching crowdsourcing activities

  • Representatives of funding and evaluation bodies

Please note that there are up to 80 places available. There is a registration fee to cover lunch and refreshments:

  • Early bird registration (before 15th March): £20

  • Registration after 15th March: £25

  • Students wishing to attend can request a waiver of the registration fee by emailing:

Please note that registration fees will only be refunded if we are notified of cancellations before Friday 15th March. To notify us of any cancellations, please contact

The hashtag to use for tweeting about this event is: #oxcrowd






“An emerging field(?): defining the fundamentals of humanities crowdsourcing”

Stuart Dunn, King’s College London


“Your Paintings: putting 211,000 paintings in the public domain”

“The Your Paintings Tagger: crowdsourcing descriptive metadata for the Your Paintings project”

Alice Warley, Public Catalogue Foundation, Your Paintings and Andrew Greg, University of Glasgow, Your Paintings




“Crowdsourcing the past: The Oxford Community Collection Model”

Kate Lindsay, Manager for Engagement & Education Enhancement, University of Oxford


“Art Maps: crowdsourcing as engagement mechanism”

Laura Carletti, University of Nottingham, Tate Art Maps.



Kimberly Kowal, British Library, Georeferencer.




“‘A thousand readers are wanted, and confidently asked for’: public participation as engagement in the arts and humanities”

Mia Ridge, Open University.


“Crowdsourcing at scale – from Oxyrhynchus to Flanders with the Zooniverse”

Chris Lintott, University of Oxford, Zooniverse.


“‘If we can crowdsource Bentham, can we crowdsource anything?’ The impacts of Transcribe Bentham and collaborative transcription”

Tim Causer, UCL, Transcribe Bentham




“Crowdsourcing in the Arts and Humanities: Roundtable discussion”



This event is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.