Crowd Cafe is a monthly informal gathering for people wishing to contribute to crowdsourced projects. We will provide in-person and online hosting, camaraderie, and light direction help as needed. You, we hope, will provide human power for projects of your choosing.
What crowdsourced projects?
Any projects you like. Wikipedia editing, historical document transcription, annotation of satellite images to aid in disaster relief efforts. We've made a list of projects seeking help — there are many — and are adding to it; see link below.
Who can participate?
Anyone with a reasonably recent laptop or desktop computer (tablets and phones tend to be pretty painful to use for these projects), an internet connection, and some time. Barriers to entry vary, but are generally pretty low. We'll help you get started if you like.
Often, no specialized expertise is required; there are projects to which middle and high schoolers could meaningfully contribute. Other projects benefit from more experience, whether it be the ability to read 19th century American handwriting and decipher common abbreviations, or expertise in a field of research relevant to a Wikipedia article.
Crowd Cafe will take place on the third Friday of every month, 1-3pm US Eastern time.
You may join us:
- in person — current hosts include BU and BC;
- via a Zoom meeting;
- on Twitter via the #crowdcafe hashtag
More information, including rationale, locations, and a list of crowdsourced projects, is at https://is.gd/crowdcafe.