9. #CrowdCon: Pitches for Next Steps after #CrowdCon

#CrowdCon attendees worked in groups on the big challenges for research crowdsourcing we identified earlier in the event. Each group then made a pitch about practical, immediate next steps we could take to address these challenges.


  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. Next steps after #CrowdCon

  4. Attendees worked in groups on "big challenges" for research crowdsourcing identified earlier in the symposium. At the end of the day, each group made a lightning pitch for what would could do in the immediate future to address these challenges:
  5. Getting researchers interested in crowdsourcing projects up to speed via a bootcamp

  6. Thinking about building, improving crowdsourcing project communities

  7. Design to help potential participants over the threshold of "my opinion isn't wanted" or "I can't help with scientific (or other) research".