In a 2006 article in Wired, Jeff Howe wrote:

Technological advances in everything from product design software to digital video cameras are breaking down the cost barriers that once separated amateurs from professionals. Hobbyists, part-timers, and dabblers suddenly have a market for their efforts, as smart companies in industries as disparate as pharmaceuticals and television discover ways to tap the latent talent of the crowd. The labor isn’t always free, but it costs a lot less than paying traditional employees. It’s not outsourcing; it’s crowdsourcing.

What role will the crowd play in public histories or other cultural heritage projects of the future?


Some Crowdsourced Sites to Explore


Getting Started with X: A Guide to Online Resources. In this assignment you are going to choose a topic that interests you, and write a short, introductory guide to some of the tools and sources that are available online. The topic could be anything with a historical dimension: a sub-field of history, a surname, a genre of literature, a methodology like palynology or paleography, the history of durien fruit or Dark Avengers comic books. I don’t care, as long as it is something that you are excited about. The main challenge, of course, will be to limit yourself to a discussion of the resources which really are essential for beginners, and not merely to list everything that comes up in a Google search. When you are compiling your guide, try to pay particular attention to the differences between resources which have been created by a community, and those created by one or more individuals. Post your guide to your blog when it is ready.