[Humanist] 27.860 crowdsourcing

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Mon Mar 10 07:25:17 CET 2014

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 27, No. 860.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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  [1]   From:    Martin Mueller <martinmueller at northwestern.edu>           (65)
        Subject: Re:  27.857 crowdsourcing

  [2]   From:    Patrick Durusau <patrick at durusau.net>                     (10)
        Subject: Re:  27.853 crowdsourcing?

        Date: Sun, 9 Mar 2014 13:55:17 +0000
        From: Martin Mueller <martinmueller at northwestern.edu>
        Subject: Re:  27.857 crowdsourcing
        In-Reply-To: <20140309085706.19064634C at digitalhumanities.org>

Ben Brumfield's work is indeed worth highlighting and very much in the
spirit of the groundbreaking essay "New Tools for Men of Letters"
published the historian Robert C. Binkley in the Yale Review (1935)
It's not just "men" of letters anymoreŠ Katherine Rowe drew my attention
to Binkley's work some time ago.

May I also draw attention to AnnoLex, a collaborative curation tool
developed by Craig Berry. Together with a handful of students I have used
it in "Shakespeare His Contemporaries," a project dedicated to a rough
clean-up of approximately 500 Early Modern English plays written between
1576 and 1642 and transcribed in the Text Creation Partnership . We fixed
about 36,000 of 48,000 manifest errors, i.e. incompletely or incorrectly
transcribed words. You can read about it at
http://annolex.at.northwestern.edu and at

A fuller report and release of the curated texts will follow within a few
months. There is a lot of useful and in odd ways absorbing work that can
be done by amateurs of all ages to maintain a textual heritage that we
seek to "cherish ad preserve," a charming phrase that Penelope Kaiserlian
used a few years ago at the Virginia Conference about the future of
digital scholarship (http://shapeofthings.org/papers/)

Martin Mueller
Professor emeritus of English and Classics
Northwestern University

On 3/9/14 4:57 AM, "Humanist Discussion Group"
<willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk> wrote:

>        Date: Sat, 8 Mar 2014 09:23:04 +0100
>        From: Joris van Zundert <joris.van.zundert at huygens.knaw.nl>
>        Subject: 27.856 crowdsourcing
>        In-Reply-To: <20140308074856.B88C863BD at digitalhumanities.org>
>It appears to me that Ben Brumfield's work should be mentioned here as
>well. His posts and talks have much to offer on the practice of crowd
>sourcing, and especially the ramifications for scholarly work and indeed
>the challenge it puts to the foundations of institutional
>I vividly remember his talk at SDSE 2013 succinctly summarizing the
>for scholars and institutions as (I'm paraphrasing): these amateur
>professionals are creating their crowd sourced resources anyway, without
>the help of you the scholarly professionals, you may want to consider
>talking to them...
>Hope this is of any use!
>Drs. Joris J. van Zundert
>*Researcher & Developer Digital and Computational Humanities*
>Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands
>*Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences*
>*Jack Sparrow: I thought you were supposed to keep to the code.Mr. Gibbs:
>We figured they were more actual guidelines.*

        Date: Sun, 09 Mar 2014 19:54:26 -0400
        From: Patrick Durusau <patrick at durusau.net>
        Subject: Re:  27.853 crowdsourcing?
        In-Reply-To: <20140307071909.CCF846656 at digitalhumanities.org>


A recent paper on targeted crowdsourcing:

Quizz: Targeted Crowdsourcing with a Billion (Potential) Users by
Panagiotis G. Ipeirotis and Evgeniy Gabrilovich.


The engagement of more than 10,000 users as part of this research
makes me think this is a line of research to watch.

Best of luck with your project!

Hope you are having a great week!


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