Crowdsourcing for information professionals

Join MmIT for an afternoon seminar on Monday 19 March to explore The wisdom of the crowd? Crowdsourcing for information professionals.  Crowdsourcing is the increasingly common practice of engaging a ‘crowd’ or group to work toward a common goal – this may be solving a problem, creating a resource or artefact, or developing a service. How can library and information professionals utilise this in their professional practice? Our afternoon seminar includes a case study from the British Library, two ways information professionals can contribute to the accuracy of Wikipedia, and a mini-workshop to identify ways that delegates can utilise “the wisdom of the crowd” in their own workplace.

Our hashtag will be #mmitcrowds

Programme outline:

  • Welcome and introduction (Alison McNab, University of Huddersfield) (1pm)
  •  The phenomenon of crowdsourcing (Caroline Pringle, Senior Lecturer in Journalism and Media, University of Huddersfield)
  •  Crowdsourcing: the British Library experience (Dr Mia Ridge, Digital Curator, Digital Scholarship, The British Library)
  •  Refreshments
  • Workshop activity: crowdsourcing in your service or workplace (Alison McNab)
  • Examples of crowdsourcing with Wikipedia:
    • Wikipedia and open access / open data (Nick Sheppard, Research Data Management Advisor, University of Leeds)
    • Hosting a Wikipedia Editathon (Laura Woods, Subject Librarian, & Lindsay Ince, Archivist and Records Manager, both at the University of Huddersfield)
  • Close (4.30pm)




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