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Games at the museum: Mia Ridge interview

Posted on by Safia Bhutta

Culture heritage technologist Mia Ridge is a champion of crowdsourced museum gaming. Mia has worked as a developer for several world-class museums and is now writing her PhD on crowdsourcing digital heritage. She describes games as the “participation engine” of crowdsourcing.

Taking time out from her busy speaking schedule, Mia told us how and why museums should be raising their game:

How did you first become interested in crowdsourced gaming?

As …

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Crowdfunding the future: Mad science, bad science, and the Tesla Museum

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… in crowdfunding, you’ll probably know all about Operation: Let’s build a Goddamn Tesla Museum, which has become one of crowdfunding’s most high-profile success stories to date. So far, over $1m has been raised to preserve the Wardenclyffe facility, the site of a particularly fascinating (and ultimately tragic) period in Tesla’s life. But as well as being an inspiring example of grass-roots crowdfunding success, the Wardenclyffe facility provides a useful insight into the …

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It’s finally here. But does it live up to expectations?

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

On Wednesday last week, after two years of increasingly feverish rumors and speculation, the wait was finally over. All over the world, people stopped what they were doing and tuned in to find out whether it could possibly live up to the hype.

The answer, my friends, is an emphatic “yes.”

Slim enough to fit in your bag, visually stunning and packing a real punch under …

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The Great War Archive: could crowd conscription help?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… limited to arguing over government debt), Europeana – Europe’s digital archive, library and museum – aims to make over 400,000 key documents and images from World War I freely available online (with help from libraries and partners across Europe). This will give people everywhere unprecedented access to first-hand information from both sides of the conflict.

Such a project is close to the heart of the people (and moles ) here at Microtask. Many of the documents will be selected …

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A (cryptic) case for the crowd

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… archive of (some still encrypted) papers which are only now being digitized. The Bletchley Park Museum, which owns the archive, sadly won’t be “gamesourcing” the digitization process itself (just imagine how cool a WWII spies version of Digitalkoot would be!). But once everything is uploaded, the museum does plan to crowdsource the skills of amateur historians and cryptographers to help research and decode the records.

The FBI has reported an “outpouring of responses” to its …

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