From the March 7, 2012 meeting of the METRO Digitization Special Interest Group.
Introductions from co-conveners Cynthia Tobar, CUNY Graduate Center and Leah Loscutoff, Brooklyn Historical Society.
Speakers: Ben Vershbow, Manager, NYPL Labs and Doug Reside, Digital Curator of Performing Arts, NYPL

Session Description:
How can librarians and archivists keep up with the soaring demand for content findability within their growing digital collections? This is something many search engines have not yet caught up with. However, by publishing data on the web as Linked Data, the web appears as a giant global database. As a result, some museums, libraries, and other data repositories are turning towards crowdsourcing, semantic technologies and linked data solutions, inviting volunteers to assist them with everything from transcribing rare archival documents, to annotating images and geographical datasets.

This panel will address the challenges and benefits of launching linked data and digital crowdsourcing projects, and panelists will discuss ways that sharing this type of knowledge work with the general public serves their institutions and changes the ways that staff interact with their public.

Topics addressed will include:
- Improving access to and visibility of sources for researchers
- Workflow and platforms
- The unanticipated benefits and challenges of deploying such projects

NYC Video Production by Jim Chan
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