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Ancient Lives: crowdsourcing makes history (but will it last?)

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

It sounds like the perfect recipe for crowdsourcing success. Take 200,000 Ancient Egyptian scrolls and upload them to a beautifully designed interactive site.

Add a generous helping of positive publicity and invite online archaeology-lovers to get transcribing.

Welcome to Ancient Lives : a collaboration between crowdsourcing science experts Zooniverse and the University of Oxford. The project uses crowdsourced volunteers to digitize the 2000-year-old …

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Crowdsourcing democracy: was the Arab Spring over-hyped?

Posted on by Safia Bhutta

… discussed the great “social-media revolution”. Yet, six months after Tahrir Square, Egypt remains troubled and divided: a few weeks ago, 26 Coptic Christians were killed in Cairo during clashes with the police.

Social media helped kick start the revolution. But can technology also help create better, more democratic, Arab states? Tanja Aitamurto, a visiting researcher at Stanford, and Hanna Sistek, a journalist in Delhi, are researching exactly this question. Recently I …

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Crowdsourcing: an ancient Finnish tradition?

Posted on by Hannu I. Miettinen

Crowdsourcing is generally considered to be a modern invention. Like many people, I first came across the term in Jeff Howe’s 2006 article The Rise of Crowdsourcing . I was impressed by Jeff’s ideas, but reading the article I began to think: “somehow this concept sounds very familiar”.

Then I realized why. Crowdsourcing is really just a new name for a very old …

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2011: the year the future became history?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… and information sharing platforms were being used to promote democratic change in Tunisia and Egypt).

Just as crowdsourcing was going global, so were we. This year we established our HQ of sales and marketing operations in Atlanta, with regional sales offices on both coasts. To help us conquer America, we have recruited a range of the best and brightest talent the US has to offer (see our newsletter for more info on this).

A DISH of Red Herring and a Grammy?

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Libya, liberation and the crowd

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… them a megaphone. As Al Jazeera director general Wadah Khanfar recently said when talking about Egypt’s uprising:

“…we found these people in the street and all of them were our reporters: feeding us with pictures, video and news… Al Jazeera took the voice of these people and amplified it, allowed a new sense of possibility.”

Crowd on camera

Al Jazeera is now planning to devote permanent airtime to the crowd. The network has scheduled a new program, The Stream, a …

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