Europe’s first national e-program Digitalkoot (Digital Volunteers), launched by the National Library of Finland and Microtask, has broken the 25,000 visitors only after one month of launching. Digital volunteers from around the world have completed over 2 million individual tasks, totalling 100,000 minutes, or 1,700 hours, of work.
Digitalkoot is an e-program for the digitization of Finland’s historical documents and material. The first of its kind in Europe, the program harnesses the power of crowdsourcing to mobilize people to help digitize millions of pages of archive material. Online volunteers complete small portions of work, or microtasks, to help correctly digitize historical content. Realized as two online games, the program combines entertainment and volunteer work.
During the first month, the voluntary work and online gaming have been equally appealing to both genders. The majority of the volunteers are between 25 and 44 years of age. Most of the volunteers come from Finland, but the program has demonstrated its global appeal; volunteers from the USA, Sweden and Great Britain have participated as well.