Posted on Wednesday December 1, 2021

Updated on Wednesday December 1, 2021

Capturing contentiousness in historical newspapers

This session from Europeana 2021 explores how crowdsourcing can support cultural heritage institutions in addressing contentious terminology in their collection data.


Cultural and linguistic sensitivities change over time, but our archives are difficult to keep updated and may therefore contain terms that were used broadly in earlier times but that are inappropriate in modern society. Museums have started to ‘clean up’ their terminology, for example through the Rijksmuseum’s terminology group and the Dutch National Museum for World Cultures’ Words Matter guide, however the sheer size and complexity of many heritage collections make it impossible to manually extend this to all data.

Watch this presentation and Q&A to discover some of the possibilities crowdsourcing may offer this important task.



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