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Digital Impacts: Crowdsourcing in the Arts and Humanities

With Professor Kathryn Eccles, Dr Stuart Dunn, Alice Warley, Andrew Greg, Kate Lindsay, Dr Tim Causer, Kimberly Kowal, Dr Laura Carletti, Professor Chris Lintott, and Mia Ridge
9 Apr 2013
With Professor Kathryn Eccles, Dr Stuart Dunn, Alice Warley, Andrew Greg, Kate Lindsay, Dr Tim Causer, Kimberly Kowal, Dr Laura Carletti, Professor Chris Lintott, and Mia Ridge
Filming venue:

Ship Street Centre, Jesus College, Oxford

This one-day workshop showcased 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 included:

  • 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 was 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:


Click on the links to see recordings of the sessions.

10:00 Welcome
10:05 “An emerging field(?): defining the fundamentals of humanities crowdsourcing” (see right)

Stuart Dunn, King’s College London

10.40 “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

11.15 Coffee
11:30 Crowdsourcing the past: The Oxford Community Collection Model

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

12:00 Art Maps: crowdsourcing as engagement mechanism

Laura Carletti, University of Nottingham, Tate Art Maps.

12:30 “TBC”

Kimberly Kowal, British Library, Georeferencer.

13:00 Lunch
14:00 “‘A thousand readers are wanted, and confidently asked for’: public participation as engagement in the arts and humanities

Mia Ridge, Open University.

14:30 Adventures in the Zooniverse: Working with 818048 Volunteers

Chris Lintott, University of Oxford, Zooniverse.

15:00 “‘If we can crowdsource Bentham, can we crowdsource anything?’ The impacts of Transcribe Bentham and collaborative transcription”

Tim Causer, UCL, Transcribe Bentham

15:30 Coffee
15:45 Crowdsourcing in the Arts and Humanities: Roundtable discussion
17:00 Close

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



Dr Stuart Dunn

King’s College London


Alice Warley

Your Paintings, Public Catalogue Foundation


Andrew Greg

University of Glasgow


Kate Lindsay

University of Oxford


Dr Tim Causer

University College London


Kimberly Kowal

British Library


Dr Laura Carletti

University of Nottigham


Mia Ridge

Open University

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