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Digitalkoot: crowdsourcing Finnish Cultural Heritage

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… Mole Hunt, two brand new games with the vintage flavor of gaming classics such as Lemmings and Whac-A-Mole.

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Behind the games is a simple recognition mechanism: the player is shown the original image of a word that the OCR software has had a problem with. The volunteer then has a few seconds to either type the word in or check its accuracy. Starting with system-wide score leaderboards (making Facebook challenges available soonish), Digitalkoot’s goal is to get …

Tags: crowd crowdsourcing cultural heritage Culture of Finland Finland game mechanics Harri Holopainen industrial revolution Lemmings microtask microwork National Library of Finland Whac-A-Mole widesourcing


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

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

Believe it or not, it has been over six months 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 …

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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

As many of you will know, a few months ago Microtask and the National Library of Finland launched a project called Digitalkoot . Being the first Microtask-powered public service, Digitalkoot was a huge test for our crowdsourcing platform, the use of volunteers to complete microtasks, our ideas about gamification and rewards , and basically us as decent, upstanding …