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After the quake: crowdsourcing Japan

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… website RDTN.org attempted to crowdsource some hard data. Ideal for people who always keep a Geiger counter handy, RDTN maps radiation readings submitted by the crowd. The website is keen to stress that the project:

“is not meant as a replacement for government or official nuclear agencies,” but hopes to “provide additional context to the official word in these rapidly changing events.”

It’s a worthy cause, although it is a concern that one false (accidental or …

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Too cool to play: the gamification backlash

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… tend to attack companies like Foursquare, who apply game-mechanics to non-game sites and apps.

Counter-intuitively, game designers are often the biggest gamification skeptics. Designers argue that game mechanics are subtle and complex. Good games, they say, are like art: engaging players deeply and emotionally ( not sure how Grand Theft Auto fits in here ). In contrast gamification, as game developer Margaret Robertson puts it, “tricks people into believing that there’s a simple way …


The reluctant crowdsourcer: a decade of Wikipedia

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… but see distributed work as exploitation. If this is in fact the case, it seems to me to be a counter-productive oversimplification. Wouldn’t it be better to actively encourage crowdsourcing crossover? For Mechanical Turk to become a kind of gateway drug to Wikipedia?

The changes are a pending

Let’s be clear, I’m definitely not anti-Wikipedia (hey, some of my best friends are Wikipedia contributors). I’m happy to admit that the paid crowdsourcing industry has a lot to learn …


The truth is out there

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… company, claimed in an interview with ReadWriteWeb that: “As we reach critical mass, we can counter the effects of misinformation.” To me this is like saying because a Britney Spears album sold millions of copies worldwide, it is automatically worth listening to.

Apparently the system has some countermeasures for this problem. The website states “Accuracy of the article is verified or refuted by members of the crowd. These evaluations are not counted equally; HowTru weighs …