The collaboration between the British Library and Tiltfactor presents an innovative way for public users to explore and tag the British Library’ collection of over a million public domain images which were posted onto Flickr Commons in December 2013.
By playing Ships Tag, players produce in-game tags which directly contribute to the Library’s content knowledge. This not only helps the British Library augment its metadata, but it also greatly expands the collection’s accessibility for public research, reuse, and repurposing. The entire collection, whose subjects range from intricate maps, geological diagrams, charts, illustrations, landscapes and more, is an amazing opportunity for players to be a part of the process of organizing this vast online collection.
Ships Tag is the first in a series of three new tagging games, each of which integrates a select subset of images from the British Library’s digital collections. “We are excited for this chance to work with the The British Library,” says Sukie Punjasthitkul, project manager of the Metadata Games project. “Through these three Metadata Games, we look forward to furthering research in player motivation and novel uses of the British Library’s incredible collections.”
Coming Soon: Two more metadata games from BL and Tiltfactor: Book Tag and Portrait Tag
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See Also: List of Metadata Games From Tiltfactor
See Also: MetadataGames.org
Metadata Games is a digital gaming platform for gathering data on photo, audio, and moving image artifacts. The platform entices players to visit archives and explore humanities content while contributing to vital records.
The suite enables archivists to gather and analyze information for digital media archives in novel and exciting ways.
Metadata Games is free and open source software (FOSS) developed by Tiltfactor, Dartmouth College‘s socially conscious game design laboratory, with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the ACLS.