CNET: Federal employees set up 1,000 GoFundMe pages amid government shutdown. “Government employees have set up roughly 1,000 fundraising pages as they seek help in meeting their expenses, said a GoFundMe spokeswoman in an email statement. Campaigns on the crowdfunding platform seek anywhere from a few hundred to thousands of dollars for everyday expenses, such as utilities and groceries.” 1. Don’t read the comments unless you’ve just given up on a healthy blood pressure. 2. There is some concern on Twitter (search gofundme ethics) that this kind of crowdfunding might violate ethics rules.
Nature: Crowdfunding research flips science’s traditional reward model. “No papers? No problem. Scientists who have historically been at a disadvantage when pursuing traditional funding sources — for example, those who lack extensive experience or who do not demonstrate a good publication record — are now the most successful at sourcing money from the public.”
Cornell Daily Sun: Athletics Department Launches Crowdfunding Campaign for Digital Library . “Over 125 years of Cornell athletics history sits on the shelves of Associate Director of Athletics for Communications Jeremy Hartigan’s office in Schoellkopf House. These shelves house a catalogue of every varsity athlete who has lettered at Cornell, football scrapbooks dating back to 1887 that include game tickets and newspaper clippings and meeting minutes from the earliest University Athletic Council. In order to preserve these records that have been stored away for decades, the Athletics Communications team has begun a crowdfunding campaign to create a digital library.”
The Telegraph: Urgent appeal to save huge photo archive depicting Venice in its post-war heyday. “In urgent appeal has been launched to save a huge archive of photographs depicting Venice in its post-war, Dolce Vita heyday, when the Grand Canal and St Mark’s Square were frequented by the likes of Paul Newman, Sean Connery, Ernest Hemingway and Sophia Loren. The archive of more than 320,000 photographs, amassed by a now defunct Italian photography agency called CameraPhoto, depicts world leaders such as Winston Churchill and Pope John Paul II, as well as artists such as Dali and Picasso and the American poet Ezra Pound.”
Terrapin Tales: Help Preserve Maryland Basketball History!. “Today, as we celebrate the beginning of the 100th season of men’s basketball at UMD, the University Archives embarks on one of its most ambitious initiatives EVER—a project that will digitize and make publicly accessible over 5,000 hours of UMD Basketball footage. This project will cost $500,000, and we will need the support of many fans to preserve this important history.”
Digital Trends: Don’t get burned! How to back crowdfunding projects the smart way. “Kickstarter and Indiegogo may look and feel like online stores, but there’s no guarantee that you’ll get something in return for the money you pledge to a campaign. Most crowdfunding platforms only require that creators make a ‘good faith effort’ to deliver on their promises. That means they face no consequences (aside from angry backers and some bad press) if the project misses its delivery date — or even fails entirely.”
University of Arkansas: Crowdfunding Pitches as Genre Writing. “Adam Pope, visiting assistant professor of English in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences, has developed a technique for analyzing successful crowdfunding pitches using the same methods used for other professional writing genres. He explains his technique and methods of teaching it to writing students in his article, ‘Understanding the Writing Demands of Crowdfunding Campaigns with the Genre-Mapping Report,’ published in Business and Professional Communication Quarterly.”