FAQ (Frequently Answered Questions)
- These games were made as a short-term beta in 2010; they were updated in 2014 to include images from the British Library but the gameplay and design now dates back several years
- Yes, you can use Google to get ideas for tags or facts about an object.
- Yes, the data has been passed onto the museums whose APIs (Science Museum Cosmic Collections API, Powerhouse Museum API) supplied the objects and the tags will be passed onto the British Library and added to their Flickr pages
- The original objects were a mixture of more technical (astronomy) and more social history (toys, dogs) collections; the new images come from pages of 17th to 19th century books digitised for the British Library
- Yes, the original dissertation project was the reason I had no free evenings or weekends for months
- These are beta-level games developed for a research project, using a limited number of objects
- The code I wrote is on GitHub at mialondon/metadata-games but it needs a lot of tidying up and documenting
- Yes, I am available for consultancy work
- Also, I’ve edited a book on crowdsourcing our cultural heritage – it’ll be out later in 2014 so check it out!
Terms and conditions
Basically, I need to be able to display the data you create back to other players so it can be part of the games, but more importantly – so it can be given back to the museum, libraries and archives whose objects you see here.
Previously I needed to be able to analyse the data and publish the overall results, because these games were made as part of my dissertation project.
- Play nice. Don’t post things you wouldn’t want to appear with your real name on the front page of your national newspaper.
- Don’t steal content. Some games ask you to summarise facts or links in a short description or headline – make sure it’s clear where a small section is a direct quote, and always provide a source for quotes.
- Don’t game the game. These games are at best beta, so if you figure out a loophole, exploiting it isn’t much of a challenge. (If you’re feeling nice, you could let me know about it).
- Content has not been manually reviewed or pre-screened. Images are drawn from museum collections and text is entered by the public, so it’s unlikely but you may see offensive content. Report it to me if you do, citing the accession number of the object.
- Have fun!
And now a legalese bit:
By adding content to the games on this site, you agree that I can have and keep a free license to display and archive any submissions you contribute to the Web site, which includes tags, links, facts and stories, and that I may use them in research publications, articles, blog posts and educational materials. You also acknowledge that I reserve the right to edit or remove any of your submissions.