Unruly Hordes or Altruistic Communities?: Crowdsourcing in Academic Institutions

dc.contributor.advisor Kolar, Kelly
dc.contributor.author Utendorf, Kayla
dc.contributor.committeemember Myers-Shirk, Susan
dc.contributor.department History en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2016-05-13T18:29:03Z
dc.date.available 2016-05-13T18:29:03Z
dc.date.issued 2016-04-07
dc.description.abstract This thesis uses surveys, interviews, and blogs to examine crowdsourcing in archives, libraries, and other academic institutions, with special focus on the connection between crowdsourcing and traditional volunteering and on the benefits of crowdsourcing for archives. Traditional volunteers in libraries and archives and crowdsourcing volunteers are both motivated primarily by enjoyment in the task at hand and by a strong sense of community and friendship among their fellow volunteers. Crowdsourcing provides archives with an opportunity to achieve work that they would not have the resources to achieve otherwise and provides increased outreach opportunities by allowing volunteers to engage with archival records. This thesis also traces a history of crowdsourcing projects, in archives and otherwise, and provides a series of recommendations for those considering starting a crowdsourcing project.
dc.description.degree M.A.
dc.identifier.uri http://jewlscholar.mtsu.edu/handle/mtsu/4911
dc.publisher Middle Tennessee State University
dc.subject Archival science
dc.subject Community
dc.subject Crowdsourcing
dc.subject Voluntarism
dc.subject.umi Library science
dc.subject.umi History
dc.thesis.degreegrantor Middle Tennessee State University
dc.thesis.degreelevel Masters
dc.title Unruly Hordes or Altruistic Communities?: Crowdsourcing in Academic Institutions
dc.type Thesis
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