Video labeling game Waisda? wins ‘Best Archives on the Web Award’

The video labeling game Waisda? has won the prestigious ‘Best Archives on the Web Award’ in the category ‘Best Use of Crowdsourcing for Description’. The awards have been handed out annually since 2008, and are organised by the popular archive blog ArchivesNext by archive specialist Kate Theimer. This is the third award for Waisda? after winning the Competition Grand Challenge at the EuroITV in Finland last June and the TIMAF European Best Practices Awards.

The jury of the ‘Best Archives on the Web Awards’ praised the Waisda? team for its thorough evaluation of the project, and other publications related to the project. Last January, an evaluation report was published which contains a quantitative and qualitative analysis of the added tags, a usability study of the current interface and research regarding player motivation. Furthermore, two papers on Waisda? were presented at this year’s WebScience conference about the results of the latest research regarding the usability of the tags, and the position of Waisda? in relation to other tagging initiatives in the heritage sector.
 
The jury also commended Waisda? for its playful character, the appealing content, and the use of social media such as Twitter.
The full report about the ‘Best Archives on the Web Awards’ is available on ArchivesNext.
More background information on the Waisda? project can be found on the Waisda? blog (in Dutch).