UCL Centre for Digital Humanities


Humanities Crowdsourcing on the Zooniverse Platform

03 May 2017, 5:30 pm–6:30 pm

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UCL Centre for Digital Humanities
Gower Street
United Kingdom

Zooniverse is a world-leading academic crowdsourcing organization based at the University of Oxford, the Adler Planetarium and the University of Minnesota.

This talk will provide an overview of the types of metadata extraction and full text transcription projects and tools that are currently available on the platform. It will give an overview of the design and lessons learned from projects such as Operation War Diary, Science Gossip, Shakespeare's World and Measuring the ANZACs, and suggest ways in which crowdsourced data can be used in the humanities.

The talk will also provide an overview of the free Project Builder, where anyone with an internet connection can create their own project and obtain their own data.

The slides from the talk are available below:


Dr Victoria Van Hyning is a Junior Research Fellow at Pembroke College, and a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow. Her current project, 'Court to Convent: Early Modern English Catholic Women's Autobiography', will reveal how Catholic women articulated selfhood in the period when it was illegal to practice Catholicism, 1535 to 1829. She is also the Humanities PI of Zooniverse, the world leading academic crowdsourcing organization. Her projects include Science Gossip, Shakespeare's World and AnnoTate.