The George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film is turning to crowdsourcing to create metadata tags for their archive. In a partnership with Clickworker, an innovator in crowdsourcing technology, the project will involve the photo-tagging of more than 400,000 images.
“Our partnership with Clickworker enables us to make our photographs searchable and ultimately make our collections more accessible to the world,” said Dr. Anthony Bannon, the Ron and Donna Fielding Director at George Eastman House. “Clickworker not only provides professional insight into the subject matter of our images, but also the option of crowdsourcing in several languages, which is ideal for our internationally focused collections.”
This is a creative solution to the issue of too much digital content to effectively archive without a temporary giant workforce, but I wonder what it means in terms of consistency. However, whether freelance microtaskers working for Clickworker or volunteers at a museum, the result is the same – increased findability for resources that would have otherwise remained inaccessible for much longer.