Samantha Blickhan is the Humanities Lead for Zooniverse.org and Co-Director of the Zooniverse team at Chicago’s Adler Planetarium. Her duties include guiding the strategic vision for Zooniverse Humanities efforts and leading research & development of new tools and resources to support GLAM/Humanities crowdsourcing projects. Her efforts have been supported by funding from the IMLS, NEH, NSF, ACLS, and UK-AHRC.



Ph.D. Musicology | Royal Holloway, University of London

M.St. Musicology | University of Oxford

B.M. Voice Performance | University of Iowa

B.A. English Lit | University of Iowa

Other Publications

Blickhan, S., Clement, D., Johnson, L. C., and O’Donnell, J. E. Translating the Zooniverse: support for non-English languages on the world’s largest platform for crowdsourced research. Poster presented at: Association for Computers and the Humanities 2023, June 29 – July 1. https://sites.google.com/zooniverse.org/translating-the-zooniverse/home

Blickhan, S. “On platform-side iteration: learning from the Davy Notebooks Project,” Davy Notebooks Project blog, 10 October 2022. https://wp.lancs.ac.uk/davynotebooks/2022/10/10/samantha-blickhan-on-platform-side-iteration-learning-from-the-davy-notebooks-project/

Blickhan, S. “Fun With IIIF,” Zooniverse blog, 20 April, 2022. https://blog.zooniverse.org/2022/04/20/fun-with-iiif/

Blickhan, S., Granger, W., Noordin, S. A., and Rother, B. “‘Strangers in the Landscape’: On Research Development and Making Things for Making,” Startwords 2: Scribes, December 2021. http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.5750679

Blickhan, S. “Engaging Crowds: New Options for Subject Delivery & Interaction,” Zooniverse blog, 3 November 2021. https://blog.zooniverse.org/2021/11/03/engaging-crowds-new-options-for-subject-delivery-interaction/

Esten, E., & Blickhan, S. Scribes of the Cairo Geniza. Visualizing Objects, Places, and Spaces: A Digital Project Handbook. https://doi.org/10.21428/51bee781.0afc1687

Blickhan, S. et al. Individual vs. Collaborative Methods of Crowdsourced Transcription. Journal of Data Mining and Digital Humanities, Episciences.org, Special Issue on Collecting, Preserving, and Disseminating Endangered Cultural Heritage for New Understandings through Multilingual Approaches, 2019. https://hal.archives-ouvertes.fr/hal-02280013v2

BrodeFrank, J., Blickhan, S., and Rother, B. Crowdsourcing Knowledge: Interactive Learning with Mapping Historic Skies. MuseWeb 2019: Selected Papers and Proceedings from an International Conferencehttps://mw19.mwconf.org/paper/crowdsourcing-knowledge-interactive-learning-with-mapping-historic-skies/

Spiers, H., Swanson, A., Fortson, L., Simmons, B., Trouille, L., Blickhan, S., and Lintott, C. Everyone Counts? Design Considerations in Online Citizen Science. Journal of Science Communication 2019(18:1).  https://doi.org/10.22323/2.18010204

Blickhan, S., Trouille, L., & Lintott, C. Transforming research (and public engagement) through citizen science. Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union 2017, 14(A30), 518-523. doi:10.1017/S174392131900526X

Van Hyning, V., Blickhan, S., Trouille, L., and Lintott, C. Transforming Libraries and Archives Through Crowdsourcing. D-Lib Magazine 23:5/6. https://doi.org/10.1045/may2017-vanhyning

Deeming, H., and Blickhan, S. Songs in Circulation, Texts in Transmission: English Sources and the Dublin Troper. Early Music 45:1 (2017), 11-25. https://doi-org.turing.library.northwestern.edu/10.1093/em/cax003

Blickhan, S. Listening and Digital Interaction in Björk’s Biophilia. In Ludomusicology: Approaches to Video Game Music, eds. Michiel Kamp, Tim Summers, Mark Sweeney (Equinox Publishing, 2019), 133-151.

Blog Posts


    Collective Wisdom: The state of the art in cultural heritage crowdsourcing (funded by AHRC UK-US Partnership Development Grant, AH/T013052/I. Mia Ridge, PI, Sam Blickhan & Meghan Ferriter, Co-Is)

    Collaborative Research: CIBR: Leaping the Specimen Digitization Gap: Connecting Novel Tools, Machine Learning and Public Participation to Label Digitization Efforts, NSF grant number 2027241. https://digileap.org/

    The Davy Notebooks Project


    Anti-Slavery Manuscripts at the Boston Public Library (Zooniverse partnership with the Boston Public Library, built as part of the IMLS-funded “Transforming Libraries and Archives Through Crowdsourcing” project)

    Scribes of the Cairo Geniza (Zooniverse partnership with University of Pennsylvania Libraries, built as part of the IMLS-funded “Transforming Libraries and Archives Through Crowdsourcing” project)



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