8. #CrowdCon: Best (and worst) practices

Attendees followed up on the best practices panel. Questions about research crowdsourcing in general, and why #CrowdCon and crowdsourcing are needed, were also covered.


  1. What's #CrowdCon? CrowdCon (aka the "Engaging the Public: Best Practices for Crowdsourcing across the Disciplines" symposium) was a May 6-8, 2015 event where researchers met at the University of Maryland to discuss crowdsourcing toward increasing public engagement, integrating data into existing collections, and improving knowledge production in a variety of domains.
  2. This event was organized by Mary Flanagan (Dartmouth College), Neil Fraistat (MITH, University of Maryland), and Andrea Wiggins (iSchool, University of Maryland). CrowdCon was sponsored by The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), and the Sloan Foundation sponsored CrowdCon (see crowdconsortium.org).
  3. Best (and worst) practices for research crowdsourcing

  4. Why research crowdsourcing? And why was #CrowdCon needed?

  5. Attendees were largely interested in the social enfranchisement and pedagogical possibilities of crowdsourcing research:
  6. Attendees were concerned with crowdsourcing research ethics: giving participants recognition, attribution, payment, professional development, skill-building in return for assistance with projects.