Adventures in Crowdsourcing: A Digital Odyssey from Lower Manhattan to Google Earth to Build a Museum Without Walls

  • Abby Suckle FAIA cultureNOW
  • Anna Heineman PhD cultureNOW
Keywords: cultureNOW, crowdsource


cultureNOW has been developing a guidebook to the world outside thru smartphone technology to create a museum without walls. The exponentially growing digital collection currently contains about 18,000 sites, 52,000 images, 2550 podcasts, and 53 self-guided tours. 90 cities and arts organizations are partners to share their content. It is a collection that lives only in the cloud and can be accessed from everywhere, created by a group of ‘accidental librarians’ who are learning as they go about how to access and structure the content to reach its audience. It is very much a work in progress. These are some of our Adventures in Crowdsourcing.

Author Biographies

Abby Suckle FAIA, cultureNOW

Abby Suckle received her Master of Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to opening her own architectural firm, she practiced architecture with Pei Cobb Freed & Partners; her major projects include the US Holocaust Memorial Museum and the San Francisco Main Library. As the President of cultureNOW, Ms. Suckle has designed and distributed over 650,000 cultural and historical maps of New York. She leads the Museum Without Walls project. Ms. Suckle is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. In 2012 she received the AIA NY State Presidents Award and the National AIA Collaborative Achievement Award.

Anna Heineman PhD, cultureNOW

Anna Heineman has been working for cultureNOW since 2010. She received her Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Iowa the same year and wrote her dissertation on the oeuvre of a public artist. During the past five years, she has been a Public Art Administrator at both the University of Iowa and the University of Florida, and she currently is on the board of Public Art Dialogue, another organization devoted to public art.

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