Tag Archives: cultural heritage


Digitalkoot: crowdsourcing Finnish Cultural Heritage

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… at work. Could anyone seriously complain when what you are really doing is saving a country’s cultural heritage?

We will start with 19th century copies of the newspaper Aamulehti ( The Morning Paper ) and proceed towards the complete digitalization of the Finnish cultural heritage.

Start saving moles (and Finnish culture) here !

Tags: crowd crowdsourcing cultural heritage Culture of Finland Finland game mechanics Harri Holopainen industrial revolution Lemmings microtask microwork National Library of Finland Whac-A-Mole widesourcing

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The secrets of Digitalkoot: Lessons learned crowdsourcing data entry to 50,000 people (for free)

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

As many of you will know, a few months ago Microtask and the National Library of Finland launched a project called Digitalkoot . Being the first Microtask-powered public service, Digitalkoot was a huge test for our crowdsourcing platform, the use of volunteers to complete microtasks, our ideas about gamification and rewards , and basically us as decent, upstanding …

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Lost in the Virtual Economy? Here’s a map

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

Every day we hear more about goldfarming, crowdsourcing, distributed work and other areas of the so-called “virtual economy”.

As with any industry in its infancy, exactly what is meant by these terms is unclear, and rapidly evolving. (If you find it slightly confusing, don’t worry: it probably just shows you have been paying attention.)

This is why we are so excited …

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A ticket to play

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

San Francisco is a great place to be a geek. The city is home to hundreds of startups including big names like Twitter, Craigslist and Zynga. Silicon Valley itself is just 50km round the bay.

Every year thousands of tech-seeking tourists cross the Golden Gate Bridge to attend events: the Game Developers Conference, Apple Keynotes, the Web 2.0 Summit – there’s an expo for …

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Will 3D printing and crowdsourcing bring the industrial revolution home?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… the mass centralization we’ve experienced in the last 30 years.” Products will have greater cultural relevance and intimacy.

The power of the people

Like 3D printing, the potential of crowdsourcing is enormous. Almost every day new applications for it pop up, from composing ringtones to curing AIDS.

Currently, many of these solutions are more gimmicky than great. If any of you clicked on the ringtone crowdsourced above (and didn’t smash your computer trying to make it shut …

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