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Crowdsourcing: divide the work and share the success

Library Hi Tech News

ISSN: 0741-9058

Article publication date: 31 May 2013




The Agriculture Network Information Collaborative (AgNIC) is a voluntary alliance of members working to provide access to agricultural information over the internet. This paper aims to report on a group effort by AgNIC partners to identify institutional repositories with desirable content for metadata harvesting. Once identified, the metadata is captured through an automated harvest and added to a searchable resource database.


The project utilized a crowdsourced approach to the repository review. Partners were invited to participate in a harvest to identify sites with desirable content. A Google Docs accessible spreadsheet containing names and URLs for the target repositories was shared by participants and used to record results.


Crowdsourcing the review of institutional repositories by AgNIC partners was an effective method to complete a web‐resources project. Success was achieved by having a clear goal, defined steps, a shared document for recording results, and a limited time period to execute the project.


While AgNIC is a highly collaborative group, this crowdsourcing project demonstrated another approach to shared effort.



Britton, C.J., Level, A.V. and Gardner, M.A. (2013), "Crowdsourcing: divide the work and share the success", Library Hi Tech News, Vol. 30 No. 4, pp. 1-5.



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