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Introduction

A LibCrowds project encapsulates a set of similar tasks. For example, transcribing all of the dates shown on a set of images. This section contains guides that explain how to create and configure projects.

Who can create projects?

Projects can be created by all registered users. The final publication of all projects is subject to approval by LibCrowds administrators. Users can edit their own projects, or any where the owner has explicitly given them co-owner rights, whereas LibCrowds administrators retain the rights to edit all projects.

By allowing all users to create projects, those particularly interested in identifying specific information not already being captured by the platform can setup projects to enable this. For example, a project could be designed to capture all of the ticket prices shown in a particular volume of digitised playbills. The resulting datasets will be made available for download via the platform.

How are projects created?

Projects are generated from templates that contain information used to configure the task and determine how the results are analysed.

Creating these templates is probably the most complex stage of the process. However, once created, a template can be used to more easily generate multiple projects of the same type. To follow on with the example above, a template designed to capture information about ticket prices could be reused to generate many projects, for a selection of volumes, without having to configure the task every time.

Once approved, templates are available for use by all registered users.

How are volumes defined?

Volumes provide the initial input for projects. For example, a volume could contain a link to a Flickr album or to a IIIF manifest.

The volumes available for each collection microsite are maintained by LibCrowds administrators.


  • See the New Project guide to find out how to generate a project from a template.

  • If a template is not available for the type of project you want to create, visit the Templates section.