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Crowdsourcing: amateur and proud

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… Victorian sounding) London Philological Society started the immense task of creating a dictionary that included every word in the English language. As well as professional editors, the project involved a distributed army of volunteers. Hundreds of people, from all over England, sent in obscure words, quotations and whole entries. Hours of personal time were given, by amateurs, to create what would eventually become the Oxford English Dictionary (OED).

Okay, removing my rose …

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The Great War Archive: could crowd conscription help?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… Looking through the material gathered from the public so far ( here by the University of Oxford and here by the German National Library), makes you feel like you have stumbled across photos buried in your grandfather’s basement.

This feeling is partly because the material is so personal and authentic. But it is also partly because much of the text in the letters and diaries has not been transcribed into digital text, so can only be read in its original handwritten form. …

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Ancient Lives: crowdsourcing makes history (but will it last?)

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… Lives : a collaboration between crowdsourcing science experts Zooniverse and the University of Oxford. The project uses crowdsourced volunteers to digitize the 2000-year-old “Oxyrhynchus scrolls” (I guess the professional archaeologists are busy raiding tombs and fighting Nazis ).

Although the scrolls are written entirely in Ancient Greek, Ancient Lives director Chris Lintott insists this shouldn’t deter the crowd: “You don’t need to know Greek… you can transcribe these …

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Social networking and the English riots: don’t shoot the (Blackberry) messenger

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… Looting, arson, armored police and outraged citizens: London is at boiling point, with other English cities feeling the heat too. Here in law-abiding Helsinki, the closest we get to this type of lawlessness is an unauthorized barbecue in the park. By comparison, the UK capital is descending into Arab-Spring-like chaos. Except, of course, that Londoners are not fighting an oppressive dictator (the current mayor is most famous for his “revolutionary” bicycle scheme).

With no …


Crowdsourcing and machine translation: the start of a beautiful friendship

Posted on by Hannu I. Miettinen

… failures. Some of these are very funny (like the machine that apparently translated the English saying “out of sight, out of mind” into “invisible idiot” in Russian). However with a little crowdsourcing help, I suspect the machines may have the last laugh.

In defense of machines

Sometimes I almost feel there is a conspiracy against computers. Take the entry on Machine-aided translation in the Finnish version of Wikipedia. Far from being neutral, the article’s author …

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