CIRCA:Ethics Correction


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The term group-sourcing is a smaller crowdsourcing project, this lets us monitor the project closely and experiment with academic “group-sourcing.” This term was coined by Dr. Natalie Kononenko.

The transcriptions and translations will not be sent back to the participants to be approved. Once the documents are submitted by the participants we assume that they are confident in their work.

An end of semester interview conducted by Megan Sellmer will be conducted through telephone or email. The interviewer will take notes throughout the process and record selected quotes that will be anonymous for any publication. A Humanities Computing research assistant Megan Sellmer will do data entry of both the workshop questionnaire and this final interview. These interviews will be private, and stored electronically (for five years).


All participants will be informed about the questionnaire and final interview in the consent form they sign at the beginning of their participation.

If a participant wishes to withdraw (which they may do at any time), their transcriptions and translations will remain on the site but all identifying information will be removed.

The transcriptions and translations are kept on the website, as will all the audio clips that participants can “check out.”


The default for submitted works will include the authors name, participants must say that they wish to remain anonymous. When researchers publish works about this project, they will not use direct quotations. Readers then will be unable to connect published works to participant’s contribution.

The “comments”, “questions”, and “report a problem” that participants submit to administrators is private. Only the administrators have access to these observations.


2.0: The questionnaire for the workshop will be distributed as text handout, and the end of semester interview will be electronic text or by phone. These questionnaires will help us understand the volunteers view of the website, what their motivations for the project were, and generally the success of this group-sourcing project.

4.0: The information will be stored as coded numbers for the next five years.


Add information of end of semester interviews

3.0: A confidentiality agreement will be signed at the beginning of volunteer participation.


The data will remain on the TAPoR database.

2.0: The files will be erased after five years.

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