Digital Thoreau: Crowdsourcing Commentary

Awarded Grant: $15,000

Principal Investigator:

Paul Schacht, Geneseo

Using Henry David Thoreau’s Walden, Crowdsourcing Commentary seeks to build a platform for collaborative textual annotation, enabling individuals across multiple courses, campuses, levels of expertise, and intellectual approaches to engage in rich, vibrant, multi-layered conversation around a single text. Participants will be able to find and contribute to discussions sorted by identifiers such as community (e.g., a particular class on a particular campus), discipline (e.g., philosophy, history, literature, geology, biology), topic (individualism, transcendentalism), and contributor-type (scholar, student, general reader). This massive yet organized engagement will simultaneously leverage and illustrate the social nature of interpretation.

Co-PI’s and Key Partners:

Joe Easterly, Electronic Resources and Digital Scholarship Librarian, Milne Library, SUNY Geneseo

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