Mia Ridge, the lead developer at the Science Museum in London has teamed up with my favorite Powerhouse Museum for a creative research project – using online games encouraging users to tag museum objects.
There is no barrier to playing Dora’s Lost Data or Donald’s Detective Puzzle. Users can register to track their accumulated tagging points, but anyone can simply stop by unregistered to tag a few items or add pertinent facts. The focus of this project is the items that have remained uncatalogued due to being deemed the “least interesting” in the collection.
I am particularly intrigued by the idea of crowd sourcing cataloging for unprocessed materials. I would like to see tagging like this combined with vocabulary control of some sort to result in a semi-automated processing technique. Material could be made readily available more quickly for online researchers. The increased exposure for underutilized collections is staggering to consider.
Anyway, there is a fantastic interview with Mia here. Check out the other projects she mentions too.