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Crowd- and Community-fuelled Archaeological Research. Early Results from the MicroPasts Project

Bonacchi, C; Bevan, A; Pett, D; Keinan-Schoonbaert, A; (2015) Crowd- and Community-fuelled Archaeological Research. Early Results from the MicroPasts Project. In: Proceedings of the Conference Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology. (pp. pp. 279-288). Archaeopress Publishing: Oxford, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

The MicroPasts project is a novel experiment in the use of crowd-based methodologies to enable participatory archaeological research. Building on a long tradition of offline community archaeology in the UK, this initiative aims to integrate crowd-sourcing, crowd-funding and forum-based discussion to encourage groups of academics and volunteers to collaborate on the web. This paper will introduce MicroPasts, its aims, methods and initial results, with a particular emphasis on project evaluation. The evaluative work conducted over the first few months of the project already demonstrates the potential for crowd-sourced archaeological 3D modelling, especially amongst younger audiences, next to more traditional kinds of crowd-sourcing such as transcription. It has also allowed a comparative assessment of different methods for sustaining contributor participation through time and a discussion of their implications for the sustainability of the MicroPasts project and (potentially) other archaeological crowd-sourcing endeavours.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Crowd- and Community-fuelled Archaeological Research. Early Results from the MicroPasts Project
Event: 42nd Annual Conference on Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology
Location: Paris, France
Dates: 22- 25 April 2014
ISBN-13: 9781784911010.
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.archaeopress.com/ArchaeopressShop/Publi...
Language: English
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Keywords: Crowd-sourcing, crowd-funding, Public Archaeology, online communities
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology > Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10073053
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