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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 …

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And the crowdsourcing award goes to…

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

These days crowdsourcing is (more or less) an officially recognized industry. We’ve got books, conferences, and even a proper dictionary definition . But, until now, crowdsourcing has lacked one thing that every self-respecting industry needs: a glittering awards ceremony. Luckily, help is near.

This September, crowdsourcing news site The Daily Crowdsource has …

Tags: Arts business crowd crowdfunding crowdsourcing Dell Literature microwork Mobile phone Small business

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Journalist vs. microworker: a fair fight?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

I’m about to share a shocking revelation. Seriously, sit down and hold on to something. Ready? Here goes: astonishingly, it turns out that a professional journalist who has worked for the New York Times and charges hundreds of dollars per article, can write better than freelance microworkers who charge $0.1 to $14 per task.

The man behind this “newsflash” is …

Tags: Adam Penenberg Alex Edelstein Arts crowd crowdsourcing Media microwork new york times Rupert Murdoch Writers Resources

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Crowdsourcing: an ancient Finnish tradition?

Posted on by Hannu I. Miettinen

… The Finnish Cultural Foundation is a private trust that was founded in the 1930s to promote arts and science. Like most idealistic young people, the Foundation’s organizers had strong principles but very little money. To solve this problem they turned to talkoot. Between 1937 and 1939 Foundation volunteers visited thousands of Finnish homes asking for small contributions. This early “crowdfunding” project raised over 10 million markka (about €1.7 million) mostly in small …

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Microtask: we love the forms you hate

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… blues are experienced by a huge range of companies and institutions: from law firms to arts organizations to government agencies. The problem is how do you digitize and structure tons of paper records without condemning brilliant employees to perform endless tedious tasks?

Crowd beats paper

From today, the solution is at hand. Microtask Forms is a service specifically created to digitize high volumes of paper forms, transforming them from groaning, overweight piles to slender …

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