Principle 8. Clearly identify tasks

Websites for crowdsourcing cultural heritage support participation by clearly identifying tasks.

Explanation: Websites should clearly identify the individual tasks to be started, completed and/or reviewed, by automatically displaying them to users, or providing easy to use navigation tools.

Benefits: Visitors should be able to start contributing within a short space of time, and websites should help contributors to maintain momentum and contribute more.

Examples of compliance with this principle: 

  • Organising tasks using lists, categories, or grid displays.
  • Identifying tasks using flags, ticks, arrows, or icons.
  • Displaying the level of completion against each task (e.g. percentage, progress bars)
  • Incorporating a call to action in the site navigation or on individual collection item pages.

Making it difficult or time-consuming for the user to identify tasks, such as requiring the user to scroll lengthy webpages, is an example of non-compliance.

Linked Jazz homepage
Image: Linked Jazz. Displaying images of cultural heritage assets to be processed, and using progress bars to show how much of the task remains to be done, are examples of clearly identifying tasks.