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We hope this finds you and your communities well. This brief edition of our newsletter has information on a survey for Zooniverse participants. It also has brief updates on Living With Machines and In the Spotlight.

Did you contribute to our Living with Machines project on Zooniverse?

Firstly – thank you for your contribution! We’re thrilled with the response to our projects, and hope you’ve enjoyed them. You have helped us find news stories about industrial accidents, define ‘machines’ across the 1800s by classifying or transcribing descriptions in newspapers, and separate paid advertisements from news stories. We appreciate the efforts that each and every one of you have made, whether that’s one task or many.
Secondly, we’d like to invite you to take a survey that’ll help us understand why people participate in our project, and how we can improve them:

(If you got an invitation to participate via Zooniverse and have already filled in the survey, please ignore this!)

The survey is only open until June 17th, so don't delay!
Some information to know beforehand:
Your answers will help our team shape future crowdsourcing tasks, and may be used in publications, presentations and reports about our project. We have based our survey on previous citizen science project surveys to allow comparison with other projects, and included questions to allow comparison with other British Library surveys.
We will post the results from this survey to the Zooniverse forum and the Living with Machines website
We may also deposit an anonymised version in the British Library research repository for reference by other researchers.

This survey has been approved by the British Library’s Audience Insights team.
Most questions are optional. Some questions asked by the British Library may be sensitive but helps us comply with the Public Sector Equality Duty. That data will only be used for the purpose of monitoring and improving equality of access to our services. If you want to know more about how we use your data, and how we will keep it safe, please see our Privacy Policy at
Our thanks to colleagues on the CS Track project for permission to use options from their survey: Lampi, Emilia; Paajanen, Samu; Lämsä, Joni; Hämäläinen, Raija; Hästbacka, Heli; Sabel, Ohto. CSTrack Survey Data 2021. V. 12.8.2021. 10.17011/jyx/dataset/79371
That survey link again: until June 17


Refreshed Living with Machines tasks on Zooniverse

As our exhibition gets even closer, we've been focusing on incorporating results from Zooniverse tasks into visualisations. They'll be on show in the gallery at Leeds City Museum from July 29 to January 2023. It's not every day that you get to say that you've helped with an exhibition!

We've designed a new 'accidents details' task and refreshed a previous 'find stories about industrial accidents' task to really make it zing. We'd love your help at

Update: try our 'alpha' version of In the Spotlight on Zooniverse

We've been busy behind the scenes, testing the Zooniverse platform to ensure we can move our popular playbills project, In the Spotlight, over to it. (If you like technical details, here's a post about integrating IIIF and Zooniverse's Project Builder!)

This migration is also giving us a chance to update our tasks to reflect what we've learnt about working with crowdsourced metadata and designing enjoyable tasks.

We'd love you to try out our 'alpha' site and let us know what you think:

As on, you can post comments or interesting things you find on our forum.
Thank you, as always, for your contributions to our crowdsourcing projects, and to the field more broadly.

Best wishes,

For Crowdsourcers at the British Library

Dr. Mia Ridge
Digital Curator
British Library
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