FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
HANOVER, N.H. – March 2, 2015 – Dartmouth College’s Tiltfactor, an interdisciplinary innovation studio, is excited to announce new work with collections from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. A living memorial to the Holocaust, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum inspires citizens and leaders worldwide to confront hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity.
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum will work with Tiltfactor to use Metadata Games, an open source crowdsourcing game platform, to collect data on a select subset of its collection of 89,000 historical photographs. On Wednesday, March 25, through April 3, Tiltfactor’s Zen Tag and Guess What! will exclusively contain images from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s collection. During this limited time, get first-hand access to these powerful images. Building on Tiltfactor’s expertise on crowdsourcing, this project will help the Museum better understand and provide access to its collections.
Tiltfactor invites the public to help the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum build their photo archives’ descriptive metadata, expanding the archives’ accessibility for public research, reuse, and repurposing. While the images commonly used in Metadata Games are important, this is the first time the platform has been used to collect data about such a serious subject matter.
About Tiltfactor Laboratory
Tiltfactor Laboratory (https://tiltfactor.org), a design studio based at Dartmouth College, is dedicated to understanding how games can be used to generate new knowledge. Tiltfactor designs, studies, and launches games, across a variety of platforms, that use core psychological principles and strategies to promote learning and impact players’ thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Founded and led by Dr. Mary Flanagan, Tiltfactor uses its unique design methodology, Critical Play, to incorporate fundamental human values and psychological principles to promote pro-social values such as cooperation, perspective taking, empathy, and civic engagement. Follow us @tiltfactor on Twitter.
About the United States Memorial Museum
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (http://ushmm.org) is a living memorial that inspires citizens and leaders worldwide to confront hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity. Since opening in 1993, over 38 million people have visited the museum; in 2014, more than 18.5 million users from over 13 million visitors representing 236 countries and territories have visited their website. In addition to their photo archives, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s collections include over 88.5 millions pages, 970 hours of archival film footage, and more than 15,000 oral history testimonies of survivors, witnesses, and perpetrators. Its far-reaching educational programs and global impact are made possible by generous donors.
About Metadata Games
Metadata Games (http://www.metadatagames.org) is a free and open source digital gaming platform developed by Tiltfactor Laboratory at Dartmouth College, with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS). The suite of games enables archivists to gather and analyze information for digital media archives in novel and exciting ways, and provides social science and information science researchers a novel tool with which to investigate crowdsourcing and human computation behaviors and outcomes. Institutions and researchers interested in the project and datasets are encouraged to contact Tiltfactor.