crowdsourcing the archive

first paragraph of an article I’m writing which is due in September; its timing coalesces excellently with the OED’s recent quarterly update:

The noun crowdsourcing made its Oxford English Dictionary (OED) Online debut in June 2013[1] as “one of the most recent 1% of entries recorded in OED” and among “50 entries first evidenced in the decade 2000,” which include “words such as bromance, galactico, [and] waterboarding” (“crowdsourcing”). OED attributes the coinage to Wired writer Jeff Howe, who in 2006 described a rising trend wherein “Smart companies in industries as disparate as pharmaceuticals and television discover ways to tap the latent talent of the crowd” (OED, “crowdsourcing”). This story begins shortly thereafter (generations later by some technological measures) when discussions of the shift toward a more participatory culture were becoming increasingly common, and crowdsourcing, in practice as well as in parlance, was spreading beyond industry to touch even the most conservative realms of academia, including textual scholarship and archival studies.



[1] The verb crowdsource was also added in June 2013.