Leveraging Volunteers and Crowdsourcing for Digitization

This post is in partnership with Axiell, our MCN 2016 Market Trends sponsor and originally appeared here


This infographic identifies the current and future strategies of museums and archives using volunteers and crowdsourcing to support their digitisation plans.

Over 100 Museums and Archives from around the world took part in research conducted by MCN and Axiell

See how your institution compares to others when using volunteers and crowdsourcing for digitization. 30% of respondents have less than 10% of their collections digitized; 80% agree that volunteers represent a significant opportunity to support their digitization efforts; but over 85% believe the time investment required to leverage volunteers is a challenge.

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This survey was run as part of research for a free detailed report: Digitising Collections: Getting Ahead With Volunteers & Crowdsourcing.

This report explores the current digitisation strategies of today’s collections management organisations, drawing on the views of more than 100 professionals working in museums, archives, galleries and other collections institutions.

In particular, we focus on how readily they are integrating volunteers into their approach and moving to crowdsourcing to increase their rate of digitisation. Examples from more than 10 institutions world-wide provide insight into how these strategies are working in practice.

The report is due to be published by the end of March.