Citation Bevan A, Pett D, Bonacchi C, Keinan-Schoonbaert A, Lombrana Gonzalez D, Sparks R, Wexler J & Wikin N (2014) Citizen Archaeologists. Online Collaborative Research about the Human Past. Human Computation, 1 (2), pp. 185-199. https://doi.org/10.15346/hc.v1i2.9
Abstract Archaeology has a long tradition of volunteer involvement but also faces considerable challenges in protecting and understanding a geographically widespread, rapidly dwindling and ever threatened cultural resource. This paper considers a newly launched, multi-application crowdsourcing project called MicroPasts that enables both community-led and massive online contributions to high quality research in archaeology, history and heritage. We reflect on preliminary results from this initiative with a focus on the technical challenges, quality control issues and contributors motivations.