Crowdsourcing, or Can I Be a Part of the Conversation?

We’ve been covering quite a lot of territory in Digital History, blitzing through topics in an attempt to get a little taste of most of the kinds of digital projects that are out there. Last week we did a high-speed drive-by of various humanities crowdsourcing projects and were asked to dip our toe into one of them. I used this assignment as a reason to return to the little corner of Wikipedia that I have contributed to: the American Ultimate Disc League (AUDL).

I’ve followed the exploits of this league since its origin in 2012, and found myself frustrated by the lack of a centralized reference site for the teams and the league itself. The league has taken leaps and bounds in the last year and a half to host rosters, past seasons’ results, and various statistics, but I wanted to make some of that data available on Wikipedia. In the past I made significant improvements to the AUDL page as well as pages for each season.

This week, however, I turned my attention to one of the few teams without even a “stub”: the Nashville NightWatch. I copied several features of other AUDL team pages (such as a season schedule and a table of past seasons’ records) but added very little information overall.

Nashville Nightwatch Logo

One topic I did cover, however, was the real reason I chose to create a NightWatch page: this year Nashville became the first AUDL team to include a woman (Jesse Shofner) on their roster, which is a big deal. One of the complaints of the ultimate community about the pro league has been that it is exclusively* men and the broader community is committed to gender equity. Shofner’s inclusion is a huge step forward for professional ultimate.

Jesse Shofner playing for the University of Oregon. Photo by Alex Fraser,

Plus, she’s incredible. Watch her highlight reel from a year ago:

Oh, and here’s the Wikipedia page: 

Omeka exhibit

This post is brought to you by my Digital History class and my determination to show my soft underbelly by putting early drafts of ideas on the internet. In class we’ve been tasked with assembling an Omeka-based exhibit, and I took the opportunity to think about my research paper from slightly different angles. My exhibit is essentially a collection of photos, old and new, of three of the villas in Fairmount Park, with brief histories of the sites and analysis of their preservation stories to this point. Check it out: