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Designer receives $50000 to design library game

on Thursday,October 01,2009 21:10

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Video Games have sometimes been seen as mindless entertainment with little or no social value, but all that may soon change as a Mary Flanagan, Humanities professor at Dartmouth College, is the recipient of a $50,000 grant with the express purpose of designing an online game that will help facilitate libraries archival data tagging.

The director of online game design group Tiltfactor Laboratory, Flanagan believes the game will assist with research by providing a fun way to attach keywords to archived images – a process that she suggests might otherwise be costly, monotonous and time-consuming.

"It won''t feel like drudgery," insists Flanagan. "We want to design a casual game mechanic that rewards players and that also offers levels of gratification for time and effort."

The game would see players competing as teams to apply keywords to randomly generated images in a timed manner in order to defeat opponents.

The current prototype, titled Metadata Games - an Open Source Electronic Game for Archival Data Systems, is being produced with the assistance of Paul Carini, the archivist for Dartmouth''s Rauner Special Collections Library, and is expected to be completed by next summer.

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