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See hear: crowdsourced subtitles for everyday life

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… who has watched a few movies with unofficial subtitles will know, quality control can be a bit of an issue. But even in the world of terrible, inaccurate subtitles, nothing comes close to the awful poetry that is Star War the Third Gathers: Backstroke of the West (better known as Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith ). The homemade subtitles that accompany this pirated version of George Lucas’ blockbuster are so wildly mangled that it has achieved cult status. (To give you a …

Tags: Amazon Mechanical Turk George Lucas Mechanical Turk Scribe Star Trek subtitles Universal Translator University of Rochester

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My advice to Newt: use the crowd

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… This is important for us, because if Newt is successful, crowdsourcing may soon be a matter of National Security: the new President’s life may just depend on it.

The reason for this is that the White House is not the only place Newt has his eye on. In January Mr. Gingrich said that he would, if elected, create a base on the moon by 2020. Now, I don’t know if Newt has seen the trailers for Apollo 18, but if he has he will know that before he goes anywhere near the moon, he should …

Tags: Arizona State University crowd crowdsourcing microwork Mitt Romney Newt Newt Gingrich Paul Davies Robert Wagner Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man White House

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The Great War Archive: could crowd conscription help?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

At this time of year, it often seems like people in the media industry are still too full/hungover from Christmas and New Year’s over-indulgence to do any real work. Filling the newspapers are either stories remembering the year just ended, or nostalgic human-interest stories.

Seeing as we have already reflected on 2011, we decided it was a good time to talk about something that few, if anyone, will …

Tags: Archive Christmas Claude Choules crowd crowdsourcing First World War German National Library microtask microwork University of Oxford World War I

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

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… scrolls and upload them to a beautifully designed interactive site.

Add a generous helping of positive publicity and invite online archaeology-lovers to get transcribing.

Welcome to Ancient 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 ). …

Tags: Ancient Egypt Ancient Greek Chris Lintott crowd crowdsourcing Egypt Indiana Jones microwork Oxford University Oxyrhynchus

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Twitter Predictions: the future is just 140 characters away

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… 2006, the site has been hyped, ridiculed, subpoenaed (by the U.S government no less) and accused of starting revolutions. From Lady Gaga to the Pope, everybody tweets.

For a Web 2.0 giant, Twitter’s functionality is surprisingly basic. But (like Ikea furniture and Forest Gump) Twitter’s simplicity is its strength. Everyday tweeters create a vast, searchable dataset of thoughts and opinions – a 140-character global mood meter. Far from being mere “cyber-babble” our collective …

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