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Crowdsourcing Ukrainian Folklore Audio Project

Crowdsourcing is a popular method for getting a large projectdone quickly by using a ???crowd??? of people. Scholars arecatching up and using crowdsourcing to complete large-scaleprojects, while researching how volunteers participate. An exampleof crowdsourcing is Transcribe Bentham, which applies the power ofthe crowd to transcribe the works of British philosopher JeremyBentham. The Ukrainian Folklore Audio Project is a smallerexample.

This project will use the crowd (or group in this case) to transcribe or translate recorded Ukrainian audio. The clips are examples of stories, songs and Ukrainian beliefs. Volunteers will check out the audio clips from a website designed for the project. The motivation behind the volunteers is particularly interesting; their cultural pride may be one reason they volunteer. The Ukrainian Folklore Audio Project will examine the problems and benefits of using the crowd in an academic setting.

Therefore, in this paper we will

  • Look at examples of previous scholarly crowdsourcingprojects.
  • Examine the website; walk through the translation/transcription process.
  • Discuss the results of the project, the success of the project, and the motivation of the volunteers.
  • Conclude with the potential impact of this project on future crowd sourcing projects and how the Ukrainian Folklore Audio Project will expand.
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