Crowdsourcing Antiquities Crime Fighting

Donna Yates*

*Corresponding author for this work

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In early 2017, Sarah Parcak used her $1 million TED Prize to build the GlobalXplorer degrees platform ( "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 degrees invited the public to search satellite imagery from Peru for evidence of looting within 100 m x 100 m squares, training them along the way and gamifying participation. In this review, I test the platform and consider the applicability of GlobalXplorer degrees as a vector for changing the way that the general public perceives the global illicit trade in cultural objects.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)173-178
Number of pages6
JournalAdvances in Archaeological Practice
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - May 2018
Externally publishedYes




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