Top of page

Collective Wisdom

"Careers ahead / Beard."

A grant awarded to LC Labs in partnership with the British Library External and the Zooniverse External by the Arts and Humanities Research Council of the UK.

Coming Soon


In Spring 2020, the LC Labs team was awarded an Arts and Humanities Research Council UK-US Collaboration for Digital Scholarship in Cultural Institutions Partnership Development Grant for a collaborative project with the British Library and the Zooniverse, titled “From crowdsourcing to digitally-enabled participation: the state of the art in collaboration, access, and inclusion for cultural heritage institutions”.

The project has several overarching goals:

  • To foster an international community of practice in crowdsourcing in cultural heritage
  • To capture and disseminate the state of the art and promote knowledge exchange in crowdsourcing and digitally-enabled participation
  • To set a research agenda and generate shared understandings of unsolved or tricky problems that could lead to future funding applications

For more information on this grant, see the call for participants, which is now closed External.

Timeline and Events

Fall 2020 (Tentative)

  • A five day collaborative 'book sprint' (or writing workshop) at the Peale Center for Baltimore History and Architecture External. Working with up to 12 other collaborators, we'll write a high-quality book that provides a comprehensive, practical and authoritative guide to crowdsourcing and digitally-enabled participation projects in the cultural heritage sector. We want to provide an effective road map for cultural institutions hoping to use crowdsourcing for the first time and a resource for institutions already using crowdsourcing to benchmark their work.
  • A period for open feedback on the book will follow the book sprint.

Spring 2021 (tentative)

  • Workshop to be held at the British Library for up to 25 participants to interrogate, refine and advance questions raised during the year and identify high priority gaps and emerging challenges in the field that could be addressed by future research collaborations. We'll work with a community manager to ensure that remote participants are as integrated into the event as much as possible, which will lower our carbon footprint and let people contribute without getting on a plane.

Summer 2021 (tentative)

  • White Paper outlining emerging, intractable and unsolved challenges that could be addressed by further funding for collaborative work.

Learn more in this blog post from the Signal blog.

Back to top