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From January to June: six months of micro (and macro) work

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… since our last Microtask news update. Back in the chilly depths of December, we wondered what new crowdsourcing delights (and disasters) 2011 might bring. Now, summer’s here and the whole of Helsinki seems to have abandoned work to sunbathe in the park (you can almost hear the economy grinding to a halt). We thought it was high time for another recap. So why not take your laptop into the sunshine and enjoy the highlights of the Microtask year so far:

Two launches and a herring

It …

Tags: BBC Bruce Sterling business crowd crowdsourcing Helsinki microwork new york times Ville Miettinen

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2010: A year not lost on the crowd

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

Along with Christmas, New Year’s Eve parties and the great weather, one of my favourite things about late December is the “best of” lists that the papers put together to reflect on the year that was (and sell extra copies during a traditionally slow news period).

This is of course magnified at the end of the decade, when we are offered the opportunity to stand back and consider just how strange the previous 10 …

Tags: Broadband Internet access Christmas crowd crowdsourcing crowdsourcing platform distributed work Nancy Gibbs New Year New Year's Eve new york times Sunstone Capital Tampere

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Making news pay: a pressing issue

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… to mankind. On the other hand, so does everybody else. Since 2007 an avalanche of free, online new sites (oh, and a global recession) have caused newspaper sales to plummet in the US and Europe.

Of course, some quality publications have managed to stay profitable through online advertising, but in general, making money online hasn’t proved easy for your average hardworking media mogul (witness Rupert Murdoch ranting at search engines ). In an age where information is as prolific as …

Tags: crowd crowdsourcing crowdsourcing platform distributed work Financial Times Media new york times News Corporation Rupert Murdoch Ted Rall Times Wall Street Journal

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Microtasking: Two hundred years later, the debate goes on

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… blogosphere around crowdsourced work. I’m not just mentioning this because Microtask was in the New York Times last week – oh go on then, if you insist, here’s a link.

Along with the praise for innovative companies and non-profit projects, commentators have expressed a fair amount of skepticism. We all know the arguments: distributed work will be unregulated; it will force workers into mundane, repetitive tasks; the rise of distributed work will put decent folks out of a job.

It …

Tags: crowd crowdsourcing crowdsourcing platform distributed work industrial revolution new york times samasource widesourcing

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The secrets of Digitalkoot: Lessons learned crowdsourcing data entry to 50,000 people (for free)

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… an affordable way to digitize, bit by bit, the entire collection of Aamulehti. This is what The New York Times, Wired and others said about our heroic, text-loving moles.

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Engineering success: Golden tasks and diligent pests

The challenges Microtask’s engineers had to overcome were daunting (we will present a paper on Digitalkoot at HCOMP 2011 ). One problem, for example, was how to deal …

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