London calling to the underworld
Come out of the cupboard, you boys and girls
I’d heard about an unusual little burst of activity on Wikipedia over the last few days: people were frenetically editing and improving an article listing songs that were about London or parts of London.
You can find the article in Wikipedia here.
I found the rules for inclusion and exclusion fascinating.Â I quote:
This is a list of songs about London. Instrumental pieces are tagged with an uppercase “[I]”, or a lowercase “[i]” for quasi-instrumental including non-lyrics voice samples.
- Songs titled after London, or a location or feature of the city.
- Songs whose lyrics are set in London.
It struck me that this was an excellent example of crowdsourcing, of applying opensource processes to a research task. More importantly, based on the qualifying criteria, it seemed to me that here was a case where the crowd will always beat the computer, where it was actually quite difficult to write a program to compile the list.
Comments? Any other examples?