Citizen archaeologists. Online collaborative research about the human past

Andrew Bevan, Pett Daniel, Bonacchi Chiara, Adi Keinan-Schoonbaert, Daniel Lombraña González, Rachael Sparks, Jennifer Wexler, Neil Wilkin

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Archaeology has a long tradition of volunteer involvement but also faces considerable challenges in protecting and understanding a geographically widespread, rapidly dwindling  and every-threatened cultural resource. This paper considers a newly launched, multi-application crowd-sourcing project called MicroPasts, whose focus is on enabling both community-led and massive online contributions to high quality research in archaeology, history and heritage. We reflect on preliminary results from this initiative with a focus on the technical challenges, quality control issues and contributors motivations.

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crowd-sourcing, crowd-funding,transcription,computer vision

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15346/hc.v1i2.9

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