You may be aware of TV programmes such as James May’s Toy Stories and the Antiques Roadshow. James May mobilizes the public to celebrate Britain’s best loved toys and work together to create new projects on a massive scale. The Antiques Roadshow invites people to bring their hidden treasures to be identified and valued. How can these ways of working be utilised in a learning context?
Through community collection projects the public are engaged directly in the digitization lifecycle by capturing and cataloguing objects they hold or have ready access to, tapping into the concept of mass amateur digitization. The Great War Archive initiative asked the public to contribute items they held originating from the Great War. They could do this in one of two ways: Via a web site powered by the CoCoCo software (open source system developed by the project and now freely available), or through a series of ‘roadshows’ held around the country where people brought their items to the team who digitized them on the spot. The project resulted in c. 6,500 items being collected in the space of 16 weeks at a fraction of the cost of standard digitization processes.
Tomorrow on, Weds 26 May we are holding a workshop open to anyone from the education/public sector. It is intended for anyone interested in community collections (like The Great War Archive) or working to harness a community to enrich an existing collection with tags or comments (like Galaxy Zoo). The workshop will:
- Be a chance for managers and others from community collection projects to share best practice and exchange knowledge, in particular we hope to attract a mixture of delegates from long-running community projects as well as, for example, newer projects like those funded under the recent JISC calls for developing community content;
- Provide you with details of the processes, open-source software and results of The Great War Archive, a pilot community collection project based at OUCS and the English Faculty, which ran for 3 months in 2008.
- Be an opportunity to hear from a number of projects such as Citizen Science, Galaxy Zoo and East London Lives 2012, as well as Dr Andrew Flinn, UCL and Chris Batt OBE, author of Digitisation, Curation and Two-Way Engagement. The JISC Strategic Content Alliance will lead a Q&A surgery on the issues surrounding copyright and IPR.