Tag Archives: structured data

Microtask: we love the forms you hate

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… ghosts of the pre-digital past. As well as ruining the décor, forms are a terrible way to store data (just try “quick sorting” a full filing cabinet). Humankind has sent robots to Mars, mapped the human genome and even (in just 11 years) tracked down Osama Bin Laden. So why 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 …

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Is that a hard drive in your pocket?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… more desirable than Demi Moore – this can be tricky: there is something awe inspiring about new data storage technology.

But even amongst those who claim they are not aroused by the smooth, sleek finish of a pocket sized 1.5TB hard disk, it seems many are excited by the opportunities presented by the data it stores. It doesn’t matter who you are, big data is a big deal. With enough raw data, today’s algorithms can identify business trends, prevent diseases and fight crime. As The …

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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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HS Talkoot: Microtask to the rescue of Finnish media history

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… If this sounds noble but boring, don’t panic. That’s not how we run things. HS Talkoot is structured as an online game. Once you’ve logged in using your Facebook account or email address, you can challenge friends and other players for the highest score in a game against time. Along with a fun game involving the construction of life-saving bridges, it’s your chance to achieve eternal glory, top placement in the charts and the satisfaction of preserving Finnish media history.

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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

… archives, making them searchable over the internet. It uses crowdsourced volunteers to input data that Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software struggles with (for example documents that are handwritten or printed in old fonts, such as very old copies of the newspaper Aamulehti).

Digitalkoot relies on machines, humans and a gaming twist to make it all fun. This is how it works in practice: old text newspaper is scanned by OCR software and then cut up into individual words. These …