All of us together know a whole lot about file formats, data structures and relevant standards, and about tools to interpret digital objects – in other words: representation information. But the information is scattered in many places. The formal registries do not seem to mature quickly enough – there is duplication, lack of engagement, lack of content, and lack of use. “That is a big fail for our community,” said Paul Wheatley on Wednesday. Together with Maureen Pennock (and Andrew Jackson) he presented a new, very light-weight crowdsourcing tool that is intended to bring that knowledge together and make it more accessible: cRIsp. - by Inge Angevaare
The nice thing about cRIsp is that you can contribute to the pool of knowledge through social media such as Twitter or through a Google form. You simply send the URL with relevant information to bit.ly/crisp-dp.
The idea, Pennock said, is: “First to get the data, then to make it useful and make it powerful. It is a bottom-up approach.”We first want to get the prose, and then we hope to move on to RDF and linked data.”
Here is how it works: the data that come in are manually curated and then picked up by web archives for long-term preservation.
In a jam-packed Giovanni room, some questioned the amount of trust such a crowd sourcing approach could generate.
With little or no funding behind it, the success of this project will depend on: