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The reluctant crowdsourcer: a decade of Wikipedia

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… of those in charge at Wikipedia. It’s well known that Wikipedia’s founders, including  Jimmy Wales himself, don’t like the term “crowdsourcing”. You get the feeling that many Wikipedia enthusiasts view the dictionary as collaboration, 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 …

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Crowdsourcing: amateur and proud

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… labors of Wikipedia contributors. OED volunteers took 50 years to produce 12 volumes. Jimmy Wales’ and Larry Sanger’s little helpers have tapped out over 3 million English language articles in under a decade (and kicked off a few never ending disputed page wars but hey, every century has its ups and downs). But, even if 21st century technology is light years beyond the 19th, it’s fair to say the impulse driving the OED and Wikipedia crowds was/is the same: the urge to …

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