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Metadata games

Like browsing through historical collections, learning new things? Or perhaps you enjoy looking at images or audio/visual materials from another era? Do you like these things even more when you can do them from the comfort of your own couch? And when said browsing can help contribute to an institution's understanding of their holdings, enabling them to provide better access to other people using their collections?

If you answered "yes" to any of this, you are in luck! Metadata Games is now in beta and available for your perusal. The platform offers a variety of games (with more coming soon) that present you with cool images, audio, and moving images from cultural institutions and encourage you to provide information about the images, within the constraints of various rules. You can play single- or multi-player games, through the online platform, or via iOS or Android app, and more games are in development.

I encourage you to check it out and try your hand at it! Not only will you have fun (if this is your kind of thing), but you'll be helping cultural institutions gather data about the items in their collections. That data will in turn help these institutions better describe their holdings, and make it easier for patrons to find what they're looking for.

--Sari