Tag Archives: Swahili language


Crowdsourcing the slums: a breath of fresh air?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… es Salaam. Armed only with integrity, an OpenStreetMap interface and (presumably) a really good Swahili dictionary, Mark’s team crowdsourced geo-located data from Tandale residents and students. As well as tapping into local knowledge, Mark claims that this approach ” allows the community themselves to take ownership of the project”.

Results so far are impressive. In just a few weeks, residents have produced detailed maps of toilets and water access points across Tandale. The …

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Duolingo Beta put to the test: can you learn a language while translating the web?

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… von Ahn introduces his new project, Duolingo. Duolingo’s goal, in short, is to crowdsource language teaching. Here’s the twist: users will be able to learn a new tongue free of charge while translating the web through (unpaid, obviously) microwork.

Given the revolutionary nature of this idea, you can understand my excitement when the invitation for the Duolingo Beta landed recently in my mailbox. (It was also a great chance to refresh my rusty Spanish skills, recently put to the …

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Faces in the crowd: how crowdsourcing can help people fit into society

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

Sometimes it seems there’s a lot of negativity towards the crowd. Whether it’s images of angry mobs with burning torches or hurtful terms like “mob mentality” and “tyranny of the majority”, our society often seems to favor the individual over the group.

We in the crowdsourcing industry have been working hard to dispel these myths and improve the image of the mob. …

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Crowdsourcing and machine translation: the start of a beautiful friendship

Posted on by Hannu I. Miettinen

… 1616) was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world’s preeminent dramatist.”

“William Shakespeare (kastettu 26 huhtikuu 1564 – 23 huhtikuu 1616) oli Englanti runoilija ja näytelmäkirjailija, laajalti pidetään suurin kirjailija, että Englanti kielen ja maailman preeminent näytelmäkirjailija.”

For readers who do not understand Finnish let me explain: this is a lousy translation. Of course it is! The …

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Speaking in tongues: how the crowd is transforming translation

Posted on by Jani Penttinen

… exciting, but I believe we are just at the beginning of a whole new era. In years to come, the language will no longer be a barrier of entry to new markets. We are one huge step closer to a world where everyone can understand each other, and participate in a global marketplace.

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