The HeritageCrowd Project: A Case Study in Crowdsourcing Public History

Graham, Shawn, Guy Massie, and Nadine Feuerherm, “The HeritageCrowd Project: A Case Study in Crowdsourcing Public History” in Jack Dougherty and Kristen Nawrotzki, eds. Writing History in the Digital Age. Forthcoming from the University of Michigan Press. Trinity College (CT) web-book edition, Spring 2012, http://WritingHistory.trincoll.edu.

Digital history is public history: when we put materials online, we enter into a conversation with individuals from all walks of life, with various voices and degrees of professionalism. In this essay we discuss our experience in relinquishing control of the historical voice, to crowdsource cultural heritage and history. What is the role of the historian when we crowdsource history? Whose history is it anyway – the historian’s, or the crowd’s? Which crowds? (read more at http://writinghistory.trincoll.edu/public-history/graham-etal-2012-spring/)

 

 

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