Tag Archives: History


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

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… 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 records.

To overcome this problem in the Digitalkoot project, we sacrificed thousands of cute moles: if volunteers failed to enter the correct words the poor moles fell to their digital deaths. (While we felt bad about …

Tags: crowdsourcing Don Draper Downton Abbey google History Mad Men microtask National Library of Finland Ngram Optical character recognition

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2011: the year the future became history?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

Looking back, this year seems set to enter the history books as a year of upheaval: from natural disasters such as the Japanese tsunami, to the economic turmoil in the EU and US, to the more positive chaos in the Middle East.

Amidst the booming tech industry, we at Microtask have often felt insulated from this turbulence. But mostly, we have felt like we were right there, in the thick of it: 2011 was the year that the power of the online …

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Games at the museum: Mia Ridge interview

Posted on by Safia Bhutta

… are passionate about what they do, and who love to share their amazing depth of knowledge about history and collections.

Finally, if you could work with any museum in the world, which would it be? (of course, you have unlimited budget and endless air miles)

There are so many to choose from! I would love to work with one of the great art galleries – exploring really creative games. But I also love the challenge of getting people excited about seemingly “boring” history and …

Tags: BrooklynMuseum crowd crowdsourcing GalaxyZoo game design History microwork Museum Museum Resources Powerhouse Museum

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HS Talkoot: Microtask to the rescue of Finnish media history

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… eternal glory, top placement in the charts and the satisfaction of preserving Finnish media history.

HS Talkoot will be open until the end of October. Each week the best player will get a free 6 month subscription to the digital edition of Helsingin Sanomat. Put yourself to the test, for something noble…and fun!

More information on the project is available directly on the HS Talkoot webpage.

Oops, we did it again!

HS Talkoot is our second project correcting digitized old …

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Ancient Lives: crowdsourcing makes history (but will it last?)

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… So is goodwill, a glitzy site and a big launch still enough to tempt the crowds? As usual, only history will tell. Personally, I think if projects like Ancient Lives liven up their game a bit, they will get more help from today’s online volunteers.

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