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Industry Report: Using Volunteers & Crowdsourcing To Support Digitisation In Museums & Archives

This report focusses on how different institutions leverage crowdsourcing and volunteers, the challenges they face and the strategies they are implementing. It explores the current digitisation strategies of today’s collections management organisations, drawing on the views of more than 100 professionals working in museums, archives, galleries and other collections institutions.

In particular, it focuses on how readily they are integrating volunteers into their approach and moving to crowdsourcing to increase their rate of digitisation.

Developed in conjunction with MCN, it includes examples from institutions world-wide and provides insight into how these strategies are working in practice. It also offers practical and useful advice for how you can successfully deploy these strategies in your institution.

The report gives examples and advice on how to successfully use volunteers and crowdsourcing to accelerate digitisation and features examples from Smithsonian Transcription Centre, South Western Federation of Museums and Art Galleries, The Street Art Museum Amsterdam, Royal Academy of Music, American Natural History Museum and more.

  • Industry trends for digitisation
  • Sourcing volunteers and participants for crowdsourcing
  • Overcoming equipment and technology barriers
  • Training and managing volunteers effectively
  • Ensuring accuracy of data and reconciling data
  • Top tips for successful projects

You can download the full report here.

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