The problem with peer review today is that there is so much research being produced that there are not enough experts with enough time to peer-review it all. As we look to address this problem, issues of standards and hierarchy remain unsolved. Stevan Harnad wonders whether crowd-sourced peer review could match, exceed, or come close to the benchmark of […]
Making it Free, Making it Open: Crowdsourced transcription project leads to unexpected benefits to digital research.
The Transcribe Bentham project, a benchmark achievement for digital humanities research, relies on volunteer transcribers in order to make Jeremy Bentham’s writings more well known, accessible, and searchable, over the long term. Melissa Terras discusses the project’s underpinning ethos which emphasised “co-creation” rather than academic broadcast. This open ethos is also reflected in their approach to making the preprint of their journal article available […]
Stuart Dunn examines the development of crowd-sourcing activities in academic contexts and identifies the potential for looking beyond the short-term benefits crowd-sourcing offers to a project’s completion. Particularly in the humanities, a more nuanced approach may be better suited, one which fosters reciprocal relationships and engages the shared interests amongst the public and academics. Crowd-sourcing is a somewhat loaded term, particularly when it comes to impact […]
The recent uptake of crowdsourcing has seen institutions and scholars engage the public in large-scale research ventures. By recruiting volunteers to transcribe the unpublished manuscripts of Jeremy Bentham, the award-winning Transcribe Bentham project engages students, researchers, scholars, and the general public alike with Bentham’s life and work. Tim Causer describes the project, and suggests that we should not underestimate the […]