Crowd-sourcing antiquities crime-fighting: a review of GlobalXplorer°

Yates, D. (2018) Crowd-sourcing antiquities crime-fighting: a review of GlobalXplorer°. Advances in Archaeological Practice, 6(2), pp. 173-178. (doi:10.1017/aap.2018.8)

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Abstract

In early 2017, Sarah Parcak used her $1 million TED Prize to build the GlobalXplorer° platform (https://www.globalxplorer.org) “to identify and quantify looting and encroachment to sites of archaeological and historical importance,” using a crowdsourced “citizen science” methodology popularized by the Zooniverse web portal. GlobalXplorer° invited the public to search satellite imagery from Peru for evidence of looting within 100 m × 100 m squares, training them along the way and gamifying participation. In this review, I test the platform and consider the applicability of GlobalXplorer° as a vector for changing the way that the general public perceives the global illicit trade in cultural objects.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Yates, Dr Donna
Authors: Yates, D.
Subjects:C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Sociology Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences
Journal Name:Advances in Archaeological Practice
Publisher:Society for American Archaeology
ISSN:2326-3768
ISSN (Online):2326-3768
Published Online:26 April 2018
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2018 Society for American Archaeology
First Published:First published in Advances in Archaeological Practice 6(2): 173-178
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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