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Crowdconvention 2011: a designer’s tale

Posted on by Harry Seppala

… collaboration or expressions such as doing things together.”

Needless to say, Ville and Jeff Howe (inventor of the term crowdsourcing) had a “frank” post-speech chat (I’m relieved to report both of them came away unharmed).

Harri Holopainen, Microtask’s managing director, was our champion on a panel discussing current industry concerns (at least, those concerns people were willing to air in public). The focus was mainly on microworker rights and covered issues like low …

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2011: a crowded year

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… 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 Francisco. Primarily a research conference, …

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Crowdsourcing: amateur and proud

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… about steam trains.

But perhaps it’s time to think again when it comes to non-professionals. Jeff Howe, one of crowdsourcing’s founding fathers, certainly thinks so. In his recent book Crowdsourcing: Why the power of the crowd is driving the future of business, Howe devotes a whole chapter to the valuable role played by amateurs through history. Looking back nearly 400 years, he discusses how the “gentleman scientists” of the 17th century collaborated, by mail, to form a major …

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Two’s company, three’s a crowd conference: CrowdConf 2010

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… reads like a who’s who of the crowdsourcing and human computation industry. This list includes Jeff Howe (who first coined crowdsourcing in 2006), the bestselling authors Tim Ferriss, Jonathan Zittrain and David Alan Grier, and the CEOs of some of the most exciting new crowdsourcing businesses such as Crowdflower, Samasource, Keniks, uTest, Odesk, LiveOps and Victors and Spoils.

In addition to the guest speakers there will be a series of peer-reviewed presentation …

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Crowdsourcing: an ancient Finnish tradition?

Posted on by Hannu I. Miettinen

… generally considered to be a modern invention. Like many people, I first came across the term in Jeff Howe’s 2006 article The Rise of Crowdsourcing. I was impressed by Jeff’s ideas, but reading the article I began to think: “somehow this concept sounds very familiar”.

Then I realized why. Crowdsourcing is really just a new name for a very old Finnish idea: talkoot.

Talkoot is a form of collective voluntary work that’s been practiced in Finland for over 1300 years. The concept …

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