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Short Stories About Tiny Tasks: the Microtask Book

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… you’re more of a pipe-smoking lover of the good old dead-tree format, send us an email at info@microtask.com. We are happy to post you a free paper copy.

Whatever format you choose, we hope you enjoy it!

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Microtask: we love the forms you hate

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… is the paperless office still such an impossible dream?

As you probably know by now, here at Microtask we take productivity seriously. We spent many long days and sleepless nights wrestling with this data-based dilemma. Finally we emerged, red-eyed and over-caffeinated but victorious. Ladies and gentlemen, we are extremely proud to present our new miraculous service: ( drumroll please) Microtask Forms!

Forms of torture

Say you run a hospital. Most likely your staff are …

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All I want for Christmas is you clear terminology

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

As you are all no doubt well aware, in the weeks leading up to Christmas, every song on the radio, every elevator conversation and every piece of advertising stuffed into our mailboxes must be Christmas-themed. It’s enough to ruin what should be a fun time of year. Which is why this blog post is definitely, absolutely not going to be about Christmas.

Ok, I lied. This is …

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Summer Blockbuster, in cinemas now: The Document Processing Knight Rises

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… to talk about something much closer to our home and hearts: ourselves.

For the last few years Microtask has focused its efforts on solving the traditional problems associated with document processing. Basically we have been trying to magically transfer those nearly illegible, dusty piles of paper forms that fill the dark comers of your office into digital format on your computer.

This summer…(pretend I am saying this really slowly in that movie preview voice ), Mike Rotask rises …

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Picture this: introducing the Descriptive Camera

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… example of what can be done with crowdsourcing platforms like Mechanical Turk (and say …ummm… Microtask, for example). It’s now possible for anyone to bring the crowd into their project, whether it’s a towering data processing task or a quirky prototype like the Descriptive Camera.

This means that innovative thinkers like Matt Richardson are free to pursue unorthodox ideas and create unique crowd-based projects. But it also shows just how easy it’s becoming to incorporate the …

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