Over the last decade, crowdsourcing platforms like Wiki-style databases have become increasingly accessible across the globe. Scholars of media and technology studies have long theorized the politics of crowdsourcing tools (Lessig 1999, Brabham 2013), and academics from other disciplines have begun to apply these platforms in their research and teaching. However, these two modes of scholarly engagement – research on crowdsourcing tools, and research through crowdsourcing tools – are frequently done in isolation. In this presentation, I draw upon my work on two minority languages in Japan, Okinawan and Japanese Sign Language, to argue that crowdsourcing platforms not only document material and linguistic culture, but also create novel forms of cultural knowledge. Through a demonstration of my custom Wiki database, I suggest that engaging with crowdsourcing tools as simultaneously research object and research methodology reveals new avenues for exploring the intersection between minority communities, humanities research, and digital technology.