The Phoenix Project: Applications of Gamification for Online Civic Engagement

Author(s): Robert C Bryant; Jeffrey Glover; Ian Johnson

Year: 2015


The MARTA collection, held by Georgia State University, is a large body of legacy archaeological data collected in the late 1970s that documents the history of Atlanta.  The current Phoenix project is building on those original efforts and represents an ideal opportunity to explore new praxis-oriented methodologies by making the collection easily accessible to the public as an example of civic engagement through community archaeology outreach. Key to this civic engagement is the digitization of artifacts and associated metadata as well as the use of the Heurist online data management system.  In particular, we employ new concepts of gamification integrated with existing social media formats to promote a diverse community of self-sustainable interaction with digital material that will benefit both Georgia State University and the community it serves. Further, the project will contribute to the on-going dialogue within archaeology about how to improve public outreach and engagement.

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The Phoenix Project: Applications of Gamification for Online Civic Engagement. Robert C Bryant, Jeffrey Glover, Ian Johnson. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Seattle, Washington. 2015 ( tDAR id: 434039)


Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 410