NOTE: Dictionary.com defines "crowdsource" as:Cymru1900Wales.org is a collaborative project, developed jointly by the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales, The National Library of Wales, University of Wales and the People’s Collection Wales. The goal is to use the Wales 1900 gazetteer to form the backbone of a national collection of the country’s historic place-names, comprising everything from the earliest medieval records to the field-names still known to modern farming families.crowd·source [kroud-sawrs, -sohrs]
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), crowd·sourced, crowd·sourc·ing.
to utilize (labor, information, etc.) contributed by the general public to (a project), often via the Internet and without compensation.
In addition, there is here a huge potential to tap into local knowledge and memory. That is why, as well as simply recording the names as they appear on these historic maps, the organizers want you to tell them more: do you know stories about the origin of the name, true or apocryphal? do you want to record other versions of the place-name (especially ones we might not otherwise easily find), such as a form used by your grandparents? or do you remember the same place going by another name altogether? And then there is a chance to record your memories of the place – these will be kept in a related resource, the People’s Collection Wales.
Visitors to the cymru1900wales.org website are being asked to study historic mapping of Wales, published by the Ordnance Survey between 1899 and 1908, and to record the location of all text shown on the maps: the names of towns, villages, woods, farms, rivers, springs, mansions – everything! There is even a competitive element to this mildly addictive process; the more place-names recorded by a volunteer, the higher his or her position in the Contributors’ Chart.
You can learn more at http://www.cymru1900wales.org/.