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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Participation in Heritage Crowdsourcing
Author(s): Bonacchi, Chiara
Bevan, Andrew
Keinan-Schoonbaert, Adi
Pett, Daniel
Wexler, Jennifer
Keywords: Cultural participation
audience development
Issue Date: 2019
Date Deposited: 6-Dec-2018
Citation: Bonacchi C, Bevan A, Keinan-Schoonbaert A, Pett D & Wexler J (2019) Participation in Heritage Crowdsourcing. Museum Management and Curatorship, 34 (2), pp. 166-182.
Abstract: This paper draws upon the experience of several years of running a multi-application crowdsourcing platform, as well as a longitudinal evaluation of participant profiles, motivations and behaviour, to argue that heritage crowdsourcing cannot straightforwardly be considered a democratising form of cultural participation. While we agree that crowdsourcing helps expand public engagement with state-funded activities such as Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums, we also note that both in our own experience and in other projects, the involved public cohort is not radically different in socio-demographic make-up to the one that physically visits such institutions, being for example financially better-off with high levels of formal education. In shedding light on issues of participation and cultural citizenship, through a both theoretically and empirically rich discussion, this paper light casts on the current impact of heritage crowdsourcing, in terms of both its strengths and weaknesses. The study will also be useful for cultural heritage policy and practice, museum management and curatorship, to potentially guide the choices and strategies of funders and organisations alike.
DOI Link: 10.1080/09647775.2018.1559080
Rights: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Museum Management and Curatorship on 02 Jan 2019, available online:

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