Cultural Heritage at Scale
Crowd-Sourcing with a Human Face

June 2, 2017
Vanderbilt University · Nashville, Tennessee



What are the ethical dimensions of crowd-sourcing?


Who owns volunteer-created data? Should restrictions be imposed on the downstream uses of crowd-sourced data?


How can the integrity of crowd-sourced datasets be ascertained and upheld? What are the best practices for preserving crowd-sourced data?


How should volunteers be rewarded for their work? What is the appropriate balance between public engagement, online culture, and free labor?


Crowd-Sourcing Cultural Heritage Projects

Notes from Nature

Project Representative: Julie Allen.


Project Representative: Steve Baskauf

US Holocaust Museum

Project Representative: Eric Schmalz

Crowd-Sourcing Labels from Electronic Medical Records

Project Representative: Daniel Fabbri


Project talk: Lindsey Fox

Getty Provenance Index Remodel Project

Project representative: Matthew Lincoln


The Origins of the Cultural Heritage at Scale Symposium

  • Vanderbilt Libraries

    The Vanderbilt University Libraries are an integral part of the intellectual and cultural life of the university and community. Our libraries are engaged in major initiatives within Vanderbilt, as well as nationally and internationally.

  • Council on Library and Information Resources

    CLIR is an independent, nonprofit organization that forges strategies to enhance research, teaching, and learning environments in collaboration with libraries, cultural institutions, and communities of higher learning.

  • 2012

    Coherence at Scale

    The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) and Vanderbilt University formed the Committee on Coherence at Scale for Higher Education in 2012 to examine emerging national-scale digital projects. The Committee on Coherence at Scale fosters strategic thinking about how to rigorously manage the transition from analog to digital in higher education.

  • June 2-3, 2016

    Cultural Heritage at Scale Symposium

    A symposium co-sponsored by CLIR and Vanderbilt University to explore preserving digital cultural heritage at scale.

  • June 2, 2017

    Crowd-sourcing with a Human Face

    A symposium sponsored by Vanderbilt University Libraries to explore the ethical dimensions of crowd-sourcing.


Speakers will present overviews of their cultural heritage projects.

Julie Allen

Postdoctoral Associate
Florida Museum of Natural History

Eric Schmalz

Community Manager
US Holocaust Museum

Daniel Fabbri

Assistant Professor
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Matthew Lincoln

Data Research Specialist
Getty Provenance Index Remodel Project

Workshop Leaders

Workshops leaders will offer hands on training in various technologies.

Steve Baskauf

Senior Lecturer in Biological Sciences
Vanderbilt University

Lindsey Fox

GIS Coordinator
Vanderbilt University Libraries

Funded by the Jean Acker Wright University Library Staff Development Fund of Vanderbilt University.

Sponsored by the Semantic Web Working Group with funding from the Vanderbilt Institute for Digital Learning.


Registration is now closed. We look forward to seeing all attendees at the conference

(See schedule)