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Crowdconvention 2011: a designer’s tale

Posted on by Harry Seppala

… action and discussion forums (like the one promoted by The Daily Crowdsource ).

Lukas “ Crowdflower ” Biewald delivered a thought-provoking dataset on the effectiveness of using multiple workers per task to improve accuracy. The prize for best-looking presentation definitely goes to Carl Esposti, founder of crowdsourcing.org. The gray-haired guru gave a visually beautiful talk on the different areas of crowdsourcing (crowd funding, cloud labor, open innovation etc) and how to …

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2011: a crowded year

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… includes crowdsourcing A-listers such as Richard Lewis from Clickworker, Lukas Biewald from CrowdFlower, Pia Erkinheimo from Nokia, Jeff Howe from Wired, Carl Esposti from crowdsourcing.org and last but not least, Microtask’s own Dear Leader (“just call me CEO”) Ville Miettinen. Check out Crowdconvention.com for more details.

HCOMP 2011

The Human Computation Workshop is this year’s third go-to industry event. HCOMP 2011 kicks off around August 8th in San …

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Smartsheet: the deadliest app in town?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… concluded that around 10% of all traffic on Mechanical Turk is now due to Smartsheet and CrowdFlower alone. Not bad in under two years.

Educating Turkers

With bags of ambition, a stylish interface and a heap of clever features, Smartsheet is the kind of app it’s hard not to like. But does that make it a killer? The answer is, like great comedy or perfectly cooked eggs, it’s all about the timing. Even if Smartsheet was the best piece of software ever to roll onto the web, if …

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Getting paid to party: what is the difference between work and play?

Posted on by Vili Lehdonvirta

… wage to harvest treasures in online games like EverQuest 2. And most recently, companies like CrowdFlower have started to hire gamers and online community members to carry out real chores like categorizing search engine results and verifying links. The catch: these workers are paid in virtual currency.

No wonder some punters are starting to say that in the future, it will no longer be possible to distinguish work from play. Rather than repeat the same prediction, I would like to use …

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Who will police The Police?

Posted on by Santtu Parikka

… English was their mother tongue.

I can’t say for sure, but my guess is that our friends at CrowdFlower probably would have got the gist of it. As providers of crowdsourced labor to institutions like Microsoft and Princeton University, they make it their business to provide extremely high quality output using a quality control system called CrowdControl.

CrowdControl works by using Rumsfeld’s known knowns to evaluate just how good people are at identifying known unknowns, if you …

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