14th November 2014
Crowdsourced content, drawing on large numbers of contributors of all background and levels of expertise, can produce content of value for research needs. This article reviews categories of crowdsourced databases, from those where the motivation to contribute is a desire to be part of preserving history to those where the contributor receives support or visibility for their work, and also where content is a by-product of social media activity. For information professionals, the same assessment process used for commercial databases can be applied to crowdsourced content collections.
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