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The Great War Archive: could crowd conscription help?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… collaboration is not limited to arguing over government debt), Europeana – Europe’s digital archive, library and museum – aims to make over 400,000 key documents and images from World War I freely available online (with help from libraries and partners across Europe). This will give people everywhere unprecedented access to first-hand information from both sides of the conflict.

Such a project is close to the heart of the people (and moles ) here at Microtask. Many of the documents …

Tags: Archive Christmas Claude Choules crowd crowdsourcing First World War German National Library microtask microwork University of Oxford World War I

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Search me: what Mad Men and brave moles can do for historical records

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… Ever since we began helping the National Library of Finland correct mistakes in its old newspaper archive, I have noticed myself developing a slightly anti social interest in historical texts. I say ‘anti social’ because of its effect on conversation: what I have found is that while most people claim to be interested in history, the best way to get unwanted guests to leave your house after a dinner party is to start discussing the technical challenges presented by digitizing historical …

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Death 2.0: Crowdsourcing the rest of your (after)life

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… Ostrow ends his talk by discussing the possibility of converting a person’s entire “online archive” into a kind of immortal social media avatar. This “entity” could continue updating for you even after your physical death. It’s a bizarre but compelling concept and, technologically speaking, could soon be possible. Recently, there have been endless projects combining human and artificial intelligence – could the same thing work here? Imagine the crowd checking machine-produced …

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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 …

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From January to June: six months of micro (and macro) work

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… It has been a fantastic six months. The success of Digitalkoot (our newly launched library archive digitization project) has surprised even us: so far, over 60,000 people have completed 4,661,832 microtasks of mole-based fun. In May, we announced Microtask Forms – a crowdsourced service to “digitize and destroy” unwieldy paper forms (check out the free trial ). To top it all, we’re also the proud winners of a Red Herring Europe TOP 100 award – apparently this makes us …

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