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Digitising Finnish history using crowdsourced volunteers

Cost and savings

While the exact costs, including person hours contributed by the National Library of Finland and Microtask, are not available, it is clear that the project has been a huge success, both in terms of the cost and the time it has taken so far.

The Library has 4 million digitized pages in its newspaper archives. Without the participation of the volunteers it would have taken 12 employees working full-time for 6 years to correct all the mistakes made by the OCR software. Not only would this have delayed the public’s access to the corrected archives, it would have been a very tedious and boring 6 years for those 12 people. Including employee benefits and all the associated costs, it would also have been prohibitively expensive!

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Ville Miettinen

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Ville Miettinen wrote this case study for Governance International on 1 September 2012.

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