Scots Words and Place Names, run at the University of Glasgow, engaged the Scottish public via a variety of channels (direct contact with schools, a website, Facebook, Twitter) to enrich understanding of the uses and meanings of words and place names in Scots.
The final report, just published, has some interesting findings
- This crowdsourcing project was incredibly useful for allowing the university to further links with schools, and tap into existing general public interest in Scots language
- If you’re collecting structured data, you need your own website. But Facebook is also useful for gathering such data; Twitter less so
- The research team learnt few new Scots words; but more on informal place-names
- Crowdsourcing and building a community of interest takes time
The report is available as a pdf on the JISC website