Crowdsourcing is a very good way of getting the general public to help with the digitising of historical projects. The letters of 1916 project is well under way and knowing that I can contribute to projects like these is comforting. When we think about it, an awful lot has been written down before the computer ever existed. Collecting hand written information and digitising it with the use of crowdsourcing is a very clever idea and admirable, to say the least. It is also a good idea to get the general public involved. “Many hands make light work”.
If I was digitising a project it would be related to my area of interest, radio broadcasting. I am hoping to investigate radio listenerships worldwide since the introduction of the wireless and to see if I can come up with any new ideas as to how listening to the radio is changing due to the introduction of online radio. Ideallly I would like to get data from America, Europe and the rest of the world that I would compile to see how radio listenership has changed in the last century and to find out what radio is used for now.
Is the experience of radio changing or has it changed since the introduction of the internet? I believe it has but I need to prove this by compiling as much data as I can and for me this would be through analysing radio listenerships worldwide, if possible, over the past century.
If I had crowdsourced contribution for this project, it would make my life a whole lot easier. I hope to be able to employ techniques like crowdsourcing in my research and to collect data in order to compile the final results for my dissertation.