Someone at Code4Lib (I think?) talked about using ‘games’ to get the public to provide metadata.
I noticed that Google Images is now trying that out.
I still remain skeptical that people actually find this fun and will engage in it for that reason. But apparently I’m wrong, said the Code4Lib guy who I’ve forgotten.
I do think that if you can provide a very easy way where users can provide tags/metadata in mere seconds as part of their ordinary ‘workflow’, many will probably do it as a sort of public service. Rather than a seperate interface, why doesn’t Google Images just allow you to click to ad tags right on the search result page, with AJAXy code to make it take only an instant? The Google computers could keep track of when the same tag was used by more than one user on their own. But I guess that might be harder to protect from malicious spammers (who can certainly use more than one account on their own), which is becoming more and more of an issue in any sort of open access ‘crowd sourced’ metadata.
What are different ways we could use this technique with library metadata?