The Metropolitan Museum of Art is looking for help identifying studio portraits of African-Americans. This link goes to a Facebook post. “This exhibition presents more than one hundred and fifty studio portraits of African Americans from the mid-twentieth century. To this day, both photographers and subjects remain mostly unidentified. Does someone look familiar?”
BBC: Reddit sleuth identifies car part, leading to hit-and-run arrest. “US Police have made an arrest in a fatal hit-and-run case after an obscure part of a car headlight was identified by a social media user.” The part identified is small enough to fit in someone’s hand. A very little bit of car.
The Smithsonian is looking for crowdsourcing assistance in transcribing some Chinese coins. From the project page: “During 2017-2018, the NNC [National Numismatic Collection] digitized more than 8,000 of its East Asian Coins, making them publically accessible and available for research worldwide. The NNC is now working to digitize 6,000 Chinese notes and paper transactional objects that range from the Ming Dynasty to the present day. One of the main challenges to the digitization process is transcription, transliteration and translation of several Asian alphabets. Sometimes this can be done quickly, but often the process is too lengthy for NNC team members to complete while moving the project forward efficiently. In order to continue to share these objects rapidly, we need your help! The 50 coins here are a pilot project that will help our team (and you!) figure out how best to make these objects available and more easily searchable online.”
Arizona State University: Crowdfunding success relies on friendly networks, ASU research finds. “Four years ago this summer, a phenomenon hit social media when millions of people participated in the “ALS Ice Bucket Challenge,” raising more than $115 million for charity. An Arizona State University professor has published a research paper looking at these kinds of social-media crowdsourcing phenomena and why they’re so successful.”
University of California San Francisco: New Tool Crowdsources Human Intelligence for Biological Research. “Biologists are drowning in a sea of cellular photoshoots, and because they’re so drenched in such data, their experiments proceed less efficiently. Nothing gums up the scientific process like having 10,000 images to label. To address this problem, a team led by researchers at UC San Francisco, the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub, and IBM have launched Quanti.us – a user-friendly website designed to recruit thousands of fresh eyes to look over scientific images. A paper describing the tool was published July 31 in Nature Methods.”
University of Virginia: You Can Help Put Julian Bond’s Papers In An Online Archive. “Civil rights icon Julian Bond fought for social justice and equality from the time he co-founded the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in 1960 until his death in 2015. In between those years he served in the Georgia legislature, co-founded the Southern Poverty Law Center, served as chairman of the NAACP, engaged in political activism on various fronts – and taught more than 5,000 students as a University of Virginia professor. Now the University is embarking on a project to make his remarkable collection of documents accessible to the world through a crowdsourced transcription effort. #TranscribeBond is the first stage in the ultimate production of an online, digital edition.”
Lifehacker: Rediscover Your Favorite Childhood Books on This Website. “What’s the name of that book, again? You know the one. From when we were kids. It was a children’s chapter book about a family that moves into an old schoolhouse? Still can’t remember? That’s where Stump the Bookseller comes in. Offered by Loganberry Books in Cleveland, Ohio, this service is dedicated to helping you remember the titles of old favorites you’ve long since forgotten.”