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We hope this finds you and your communities well.

In this brief newsletter, we provide an update on In the Spotlight and ask for your help...

Your thoughts needed

You might remember our announcement about the Collective Wisdom project in an earlier newsletter. We're currently preparing for our first event, where we'll collaboratively write a book in two weeks, via the 'Book Sprints' format. As part of our commitment to including a range of perspectives in our processes and publications, we're running two short surveys.

Our 'Lessons learnt' / Case Study nomination survey is designed for practitioners, while our 'Volunteer Voice' survey is designed for people who have taken part in crowdsourcing, citizen science, citizen history, digital / online volunteer projects. Please feel free to fill out one or both, depending on your personal experience, and share with someone else who might wish to contribute. Thank you in advance for sharing your experiences!

The 'lessons learnt' survey focuses on two key questions: what do you wish you’d known at the start? In other words, what advice would you give people as they start out? And, would you do anything differently with more time or resources? In other words, what’s on your wish list if you had more time or money – new features, better processes, or something else entirely? You can also use the form to nominate your project as a potential case study.

The 'Volunteer Voice' survey asks: what makes a crowdsourcing / citizen research / online volunteering project great? And what are your hopes for the future of crowdsourcing / online volunteering? (Or to put it another way, where is there room for improvement?)

Collective Wisdom 'Volunteer Voice' survey:

Collective Wisdom 'Lessons learnt’ / nominate a case study:


Playbills In the Spotlight

In the Spotlight is currently completely out of playbills! We're working on getting more online, but in the meantime, you can bask in the knowledge that you've completed an amazing 157 volumes-worth of transcription and annotation on historical playbills.

The site will also have some downtime in the next week or so as some small accessibility updates are applied. We'll post updates on twitter @LibCrowds when we have new volumes of playbills for you.


With best wishes,





Dr. Mia Ridge

Digital Curator, British Library

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