Tag Archives: Wikimedia Foundation


The reluctant crowdsourcer: a decade of Wikipedia

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… . Recently, the site announced plans to combat this lack of diversity. Sue Gardener, head of the Wikimedia Foundation has set a target of 25% women contributors by 2015.

Working Women

It’s interesting to compare the gender of Wikipedia contributors with crowdsourced workers. A 2010 survey of Mechanical Turk found roughly equal numbers of male and female Turkers – in the US, women were actually the majority. The question is: why isn’t this active, female crowd also churning out …

Tags: Amazon Mechanical Turk crowd crowdsourcing crowdsourcing platform distributed work eBay google Jimmy Wales Mechanical Turk Wikimedia Foundation Wikipedia

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A Ray of Sunshine

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… the major NGOs and aid workers in a position to help directly. NGOs like Oxfam, the Clinton Foundation, Plan International, and American Red Cross are this minute benefiting from Ushahidi data in the field in Haiti.

At a relative’s work last week, they organized a bake sale – which is a somewhat more traditional way to help those in need in Haiti (and from which I again benefit indirectly). This is all well and good and hopefully when the money in the cookie jar eventually …

Tags: American Red Cross earthquake Haiti Oxfam Plan International the Clinton Foundation Ushahidi

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Crowdsourcing: an ancient Finnish tradition?

Posted on by Hannu I. Miettinen

… the ages

Here are some more recent examples of talkoot in action:

The Finnish Cultural Foundation is a private trust that was founded in the 1930s to promote arts and science. Like most idealistic young people, the Foundation’s organizers had strong principles but very little money. To solve this problem they turned to talkoot. Between 1937 and 1939 Foundation volunteers visited thousands of Finnish homes asking for small contributions. This early “crowdfunding” project …

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Can you crowdsource Christmas?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

Over the last twelve months there’s been a real buzz about crowdsourcing. 2010, the pundits predicated, would be the year crowdsourcing “went mainstream.”

Okay, I’m not quite sure how we judge what’s mainstream (stuff Simon Cowell’s heard of maybe?) but it’s certainly true that this year, the crowdsourcing industry has been more productive than a factory of …

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When worlds collide

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

While growing up I was something of a god. I don’t mean this in the sense that I was worshiped by my peers, or excelled at sport or anything like that. And as far as I know, I never possessed a heavenly mandate or supernatural powers (despite countless attempts over the years, I have never been able to move objects using only will power and the Force).

Alas, my divinity …

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