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Dr. Samantha Blickhan

Dr. Samantha Blickhan

Humanities Lead and Co-Director of the Zooniverse team
Adler Planetarium

Samantha Blickhan is the Humanities Lead for Zooniverse and Co-Director of the Zooniverse team at Chicago’s Adler Planetarium. Her duties include guiding the strategic vision for Zooniverse Humanities efforts and managing development of new tools and resources, which have been supported by funding from the IMLS, NEH, NSF, ACLS, and AHRC.

She is currently co-I of the Collective Wisdom project (, which will produce an authoritative book on the ‘state of the art’ in cultural heritage crowdsourcing in 2021.

MuseumNext Digital Collections Summit
Monday, 4 October 2021

Inviting the Public In with Online and Onsite Crowdsourcing

This panel uses the partnership between the Adler Planetarium and the platform to discuss the experiences, rewards, and challenges of opening up museum collections via crowdsourcing efforts, bringing crowdsourcing onto the museum floor, and using crowdsourced data to enrich collections. Looking at the Adler collections-based projects Mapping Historic Skies and Tag Along with Adler, as well as the affordances for museum teams provided by the Zooniverse platform, this panel provides real experience and lessons applicable to any museum collection.

Find the full schedule here

Dr. Samantha Blickhan