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Today I'd like to present both a proposal for something called the 'Participatory Commons', and a provocation (or conversation starter): there's a paradox in our hopes for deeper audience engagement through crowdsourcing: projects that don't grow with their participants will lose them as they develop new skills and interests and move on. This talk presents some options for dealing with this paradox and suggests a Participatory Commons provides a way to take a sector-wide view of active engagement with heritage content and redefine our sense of what it means when everybody wins. [I was invited to Copenhagen to talk about my research on crowdsourcing in cultural heritage at the 3rd international Sharing is Caring seminar on April 1. I'm sharing my notes in advance to make life easier for those awesome people following along in a second or third language, particularly since I'm delivering my talk via video. My notes are at http://openobjects.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/sharing-is-caring-keynote-enriching.html ]

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Data Visualisation for Analysis in Scholarly research

Enriching cultural heritage collections through participatory Commons platforms: toward collaboration with users Sharing is Caring, Copenhagen, April 1, 2014

Mia Ridge, Open UniversityContact me: @mia_out or http://miaridge.com/Follow along at http://openobjects.blogspot.com/Image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/library_of_congress/2179889372/1

OverviewMy philosophy for crowdsourcing in cultural heritageThe Participatory Commons in contextThe paradox of deeper engagementImage: http://www.flickr.com/photos/patrob/2201798578/2

Comfortable space for sharing?http://www.flickr.com/photos/library_of_congress/7562148526/3

Image sources: Mia Ridge http://museumgam.es/dora/

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Everybodys happyImage: http://www.flickr.com/photos/smithsonian/3173868996/5What is a participatory commons and why would we want one?What is a participatory commons and why would we want one?First, some introductions... Academic historians Simone and Andre.

Image http://www.flickr.com/photos/magh/2870616505/ 8Retirees Martha and Bob

http://www.flickr.com/photos/usnationalarchives/4727573854/ 9Daniel's grandmother Sarah

Image Curzona Allport from Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office http:// www.flickr.com/photos/tasmanianarchiveandheritageoffice/8595612313/

10Crowdsourcer Nisha

Image: http://oldweather.org/11

Helping each other?

The Participatory Commons

Niche projects built on Participatory CommonsBarriers?

Image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/smithsonian/2838784417/Smithsonian Institution, Fish-Weir Across Trinity River--Hupa15The spark of curiosity...

Image: http://forum.oldweather.org/index.php?topic=671.016...as a gateway to deeper enagement

Image: http://herbariaunited.org/specimen/298356/17Crowdsourcing as gateway to further activity

Image: http://herbariaunited.org/wiki/Alicia_Mildred_Barnard

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'Levels of Engagement' in citizen scienceLevel 1: participating in simple tasksLevel 2: participating in community discussionLevel 3: 'working independently on self-identified research projects'(Raddick et al, 2009)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/anmm_thecommons/10698998084/19Mission accomplished?

Image source: http://www.collectionslink.org.uk/discover/new-perspectives/1380-what-are-museums-for, http://www.wordle.net/show/wrdl/5460066/Museum_Missions20

Paths divergeHlanda Church, Vstergtland, Sweden, Swedish National Heritage Boardhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/swedish_heritage_board/3874471799/ Hlanda Church, Vstergtland, Sweden, Swedish National Heritage Board21Who has agency?

"I participate, you participate, he participates, we participate, you participate...they profit.(1968) Via A Ladder of Citizen Participation - Sherry R ArnsteinImage via http://www.lithgow-schmidt.dk/sherry-arnstein/ladder-of-citizen-participation.html Arnstein, Sherry R. "A Ladder of Citizen Participation," JAIP, Vol. 35, No. 4, July 1969, pp. 216-22422Participatory project modelsContributorythe public contributes data to a project designed by the organisationCollaborativeboth active partners, but lead by organisationCo-creativeall partners define goals together(Bonney et al, 2009,Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education (CAISE) Crowdsourcing is usually contributory, though more ambitious projects aim to be collaborative or co-creative. 23New challenges?

Image: http://10most.org.uk/24'history mysteries'

Image: http://yearofthebay.org/25A tension?

Image: State Library of Queensland http://www.flickr.com/photos/statelibraryqueensland/6508794003/26

https://www.flickr.com/photos/smithsonian/2551232980/ Smithsonian Institution, Postmaster, General James A. Farley During National Air Mail Week, 193827

Commons as party?http://www.flickr.com/photos/powerhouse_museum/3422783428/ Powerhouse Museum, Canterbury Bankstown Rugby League Football Club's third annual Ball28

Thank you!Mia RidgeOpen University, UKhttp://miaridge.com @mia_outImage: Matt Jones Image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/library_of_congress/2179889372/29Image credits in order of appearance...Glider, Library of Congress http://www.flickr.com/photos/library_of_congress/2179889372/Melbourne Museum by Robyn Flett http://www.flickr.com/photos/patrob/2201798578/Great hall, Library of Congress http://www.flickr.com/photos/library_of_congress/7562148526/Dora's lost data http://museumgam.es/dora/Party photo, Smithsonian Institution http://www.flickr.com/photos/smithsonian/3173868996/London - Archive Research by Magnus Halsnes http://www.flickr.com/photos/magh/2870616505/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/usnationalarchives/4727573854/ Curzona Allport from Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office http:// www.flickr.com/photos/tasmanianarchiveandheritageoffice/8595612313/Old Weather http://oldweather.org/Smithsonian Institution, Fish-Weir Across Trinity River--Hupa http://www.flickr.com/photos/smithsonian/2838784417/http://forum.oldweather.org/index.php?topic=671.0http://herbariaunited.org/specimen/298356/http://herbariaunited.org/wiki/Alicia_Mildred_Barnardhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/anmm_thecommons/10698998084/Museum mission statements: http://www.collectionslink.org.uk/discover/new-perspectives/1380-what-are-museums-for, http://www.wordle.net/show/wrdl/5460066/Museum_MissionsHlanda Church, Vstergtland, Sweden, Swedish National Heritage Board http://www.flickr.com/photos/swedish_heritage_board/3874471799/ 'Je participe' http://www.lithgow-schmidt.dk/sherry-arnstein/ladder-of-citizen-participation.html Screenshot http://10most.org.uk/Screenshot: http://www.historypin.com/project/22-yearofthebay/#'tension' State Library of Queensland http://www.flickr.com/photos/statelibraryqueensland/6508794003/Smithsonian Institution, Postmaster, General James A. Farley During National Air Mail Week, 1938 https://www.flickr.com/photos/smithsonian/2551232980/'Commons as party' Powerhouse Museum, Canterbury Bankstown Rugby League Football Club's third annual Ball http://www.flickr.com/photos/powerhouse_museum/3422783428/ 30