The challenge is: how do you identify and catalog more than 100,000 images that do not contain any descriptive “metadata,” or data about data? Dartmouth College digital humanities and film and media studies professor Mary Flanagan may have found a way: let college students play games.
The Rauner Special Collections Library plans to tag and archive thousands of photos when the software is released in summer 2011. The new open-source game will not only change how institutions archive data, but will allow people to utilize games as functional tools, Flanagan said.
Other organizations around the world are working on similar projects, according to Peter Carini, an archivist at Rauner and the content specialist for the game. The National Library of Finland, the Library of Congress and Google Images have all done comparable experiments in archiving through crowd-source tagging, he said. The Metadata Games project is unique, however, because Flanagan and the other developers are sharing their source code with other institutions to allow them to “adapt the code to their own needs.”
You can read more in an article by Barbara Richards in The Dartmouth at http://goo.gl/36Ois.
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