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Citizen science through old maps: volunteer motivations in the GB1900 gazetteer-building project

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Citizen science through old maps : volunteer motivations in the GB1900 gazetteer-building project. / Aucott, Paula; Southall, Humphrey; Ekinsmyth, Carol.

In: Historical Methods: A Journal of Quantitative and Interdisciplinary History, Vol. 52, No. 3, 08.08.2019, p. 150-163.

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Aucott, Paula ; Southall, Humphrey ; Ekinsmyth, Carol. / Citizen science through old maps : volunteer motivations in the GB1900 gazetteer-building project. In: Historical Methods: A Journal of Quantitative and Interdisciplinary History. 2019 ; Vol. 52, No. 3. pp. 150-163.

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