Citizen archaeologists. Online collaborative research about the human past

Andrew Bevan*, Daniel Pett, Chiara Bonacchi, Adi Keinan-Schoonbaert, Daniel Lombraña González, Rachel Sparks, Jennifer Wexler, Neil Wilkin

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Archaeology has a long tradition of volunteer involvement but also faces considerable challenges in protecting and understanding a geographically widespread, rapidly dwindling and every-threatened cultural resource. This paper considers a newly launched, multi-application crowd-sourcing project called MicroPasts, whose focus is on enabling both community-led and massive online contributions to high quality research in archaeology, history and heritage. We reflect on preliminary results from this initiative with a focus on the technical challenges, quality control issues and contributors motivations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)183-197
JournalHuman Computation
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 30 Dec 2014


  • crowd-sourcing
  • crowd-funding
  • transcription
  • computer vision


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