How will the Wikipedia model of open participation change humanities scholarship? Is
technology changing people "from consumers to collaborators, unleashing a torrent of creative production that will transform our world" (Clay Shirk, Cognitive Surplus).
Many people have taken part in crowdsourced science research, volunteering to classify galaxies, fold proteins, or transcribe old weather information from wartime ship logs for use in climate modeling. These days humanists are increasingly throwing open the digital gates, too. Civil War-era diaries, historical menus, the papers of the English philosopher Jeremy Bentham—all have been made available to volunteer transcribers in recent years.