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Michael S Hart: a man of many words

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… geeks. Way back in 1971 (when “the Internet” had a grand total of 100 users) Hart founded Project Gutenberg, a non-profit enterprise to “encourage the creation and distribution of eBooks”. As a commenter on our recent Google Ngrams blog pointed out, not only was Project Gutenberg the first large-scale project to digitize books, it used distributed labor to do it.

Since 1981 Project Gutenberg has been run entirely by online volunteers (for the first 10 years, Hart apparently …

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Google Ngrams: in the beginning was the word search

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… Google gets back to basics.

In 2004 Google started digitizing books. Since then, 15 million volumes have been digitized by OCR software into Google’s virtual library. Recently, Harvard scholars Erez Lieberman Aiden and Jean-Baptiste Michel decided to try and turn this literary data-mountain into something “useful and accessible”. The result is Google Ngram viewer : a tool that searches and graphs the frequency of words contained in over 5 million books. Basically you type …

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Short Stories About Tiny Tasks: the Microtask Book

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… the crowdsourcing industry. One day, we thought, we might even republish a selection of posts as a book. Something that people could read before they fall asleep at night, then use as a doorstop or paperweight. That was our dream, at least.

Today, my friends, that day has finally come. The book is called Short Stories about Tiny Tasks . In it you will find tales of industrious moles, gamified worlds and the kind of feel-good co-operation not seen since the hippie revolution of the 1960s. …

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Crowdsourcing: amateur and proud

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… 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 scientific institution – the Royal Society (or the invisible college as it was quaintly …

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Bringing anarchy to the creative process – When distributed work meets interesting web content

Posted on by Ida Hakola

… process itself might be hard to share, though there are exceptions. Ever heard of the sci-fi book Metro 2033? Russian author Dmitry Glukhovsky started publishing chapters of his unfinished book on the web while he was still writing the book. Glukhovsky wanted the readers to have their say on the storyline – and they did! Thousands people rewrote the chapter and in the end the novel reached 2 million online readers before it was printed.

Glukhovsky’s story was a happy one (ahem, …

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