Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984).
Scientist, yes. But not your regular scientist. Not the lab coat type but one trying to find hidden treasures, forgotten civilizations and living the adventure.
And that’s Micropasts. An archaeological adventure Scifabric developed for the British Museum and University College London. The platform has enlisted a thousand volunteers to explore the use of crowdsourcing in archaeological research.
So, will you join us?
Indiana Jones and Panama Hat.
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989).
The MicroPasts crowdsourcing site was launched with two initial projects created by Scifabric, focusing on British Prehistory and British Museum collections. It aimed to encourage groups of academics and volunteers to collaborate on the web.
Collaborate how? A tutorial showed users how to contribute, which tasks to complete and gave step-by-step guidance. Therefore, anyone interested could collaborate without any prior knowledge of archeology.
MicroPasts’ volunteers have transcribed over 30,000 index cards that describe Bronze Age artefacts, and geo-referenced the sites of discovery of each artefact on an online map. They have created one of the World’s largest digital archives of prehistoric metal objects.See some card examples
By tracing the outline of each object in a photograph, MicroPasts users ‘mask’ out the background of the photo. This allows researchers to build extremely accurate 3D models of the objects. These can be 3D-printed anywhere in the world for further study, or incorporated into computer games and films.See an axe in virtual reality
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981).
Lots of other Micropasts projects have been built thanks to Scifabric's initial work, which provided the British Museum and UCL with the tools to develop projects autonomously.
The Micropasts team has mastered PyBossa technology and workflows due to the simplicity of the software, good documentation and support from Scifabric's team.