Crowdsourced Data for Cultural Heritage

  • Matthew L. Vincent
Part of the Quantitative Methods in the Humanities and Social Sciences book series (QMHSS)


Heritage experts and memory institutions have often sought ways to engage the wider public with their work. With engagement comes support, and support can ensure the future of our heritage beyond this current generation. However, traditional methods of engagement are increasingly challenging in our ever-connected, always-on twenty-first century digital world. Engaging the public through active participation offers the opportunity to connect the public with heritage, raise awareness, and more importantly, raise interest. At the same time, crowdsourcing activities can help the heritage domain by advancing their work beyond what they might otherwise be able to achieve with their available resources.

This chapter briefly explores crowdsourcing and nichesourcing, as well as some of the examples of heritage-focused projects that have employed crowdsourcing. The success of projects depends on honest, open, and engaging communication with the wider public as can be seen by both successful and unsuccessful projects.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centro de Estudios de Arqueología VirtualUniversidad de MurciaMurciaSpain

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