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Crowdsourcing Ukrainian Folklore Audio Project

Crowdsourcing is a popular method for getting a large project done by using a ???crowd??? of people. Scholars are catching up and using crowdsourcing to complete large-scale projects, and involving the larger community of the humanities. An example of crowdsourcing is Suda On Line, which applies the power of the crowd to translate the ancient Byzantine Encyclopedia. The Ukrainian Folklore Audio Project is a smaller example.

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. This paper will describe the project as a multimedia example that leverages crowdsourcing.

Therefore, in this paper we will

  • Look at examples of previous scholarly crowdsourcing projects.
  • Examine the website created specifically for this project; describing the interface design process.
  • 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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Mahoney, Anne. ???Tachypaedia Byzantina: The Suda On Line as Collaborative Encyclopedia.??? 3.1 (2009): n. pag. Web. 4 Feb. 2011.

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