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The reluctant crowdsourcer: a decade of Wikipedia

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

There’s something hard to resist about Wikipedia. Like a giant, virtual fact-monster, the site sucks you in and won’t let go.

You click over for a quick fact check – to find out the year eBay was founded, say – and suddenly it’s thirty minutes later and you’re halfway through an article on Dutch Tulip Mania.

2011 is Wikipedia’s tenth anniversary and the world’s media has joined in celebration with fans/addicts of …

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

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When stupid beats smart: the power of collective ignorance

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… has shown anything, it’s that our brains are far less reliable than we may think (one look at Wikipedia’s list of cognitive biases is enough to make anyone want to trade theirs for a Commodore 64). With such clear evidence that individual brains are unreliable, why should we assume that collective reasoning is any better?

Thankfully, researchers Stefan M. Herzog and Ralph Hertwig have investigated this very question, and set out to challenge Thomas Carlyle’s observation that …

Tags: crowdfunding crowdsourcing Hertwig List of cognitive biases microtask microwork Ralph Hertwig Rick Santorum Tennis Thomas Carlyle Wikipedia

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Crowdsourcing and machine translation: the start of a beautiful friendship

Posted on by Hannu I. Miettinen

… against computers. Take the entry on Machine-aided translation in the Finnish version of Wikipedia. Far from being neutral, the article’s author seems determined to rubbish all machine translation. He offers readers a Finnish translation of the following English text, done using Google’s translator:

“William Shakespeare (baptized 26 April 1564 – 23 April 1616) was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the …

Tags: Application programming interface crowd crowdsourcing English language google Google Translate Maamme machine translation microwork Wikipedia William Shakespeare

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Gaming the system: how rewards affect performance

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… hardest to define. Everyone knows what a game is, but agreeing on a definition is another story. Wikipedia’s no-nonsense entry defines a game as: “structured playing, usually undertaken for enjoyment…with goals, challenges, rules and interactions.” Jesse Schell is somewhat more fun, saying it is simply “a problem solving activity, approached with a playful attitude”.

Although not mentioned in these definitions, a key part of many games is rewards. Checkmate the king – …

Tags: crowd crowdsourcing eBay game game design game mechanics Gamification Jesse Schell microtask microwork Stack Overflow Wikipedia

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Task-work in global networks

Posted on by Esko Kilpi

… in the network.

Collaboratively crafted content bases like the world’s largest encyclopedia, Wikipedia, were early examples of task-work.

We will see organizational applications emerge as technological innovations like the Microtask platform spread. For most kinds of information products, task-work is the most efficient method of creating value from a resource allocation point of view. The system of task-work develops as much bottom-up as top-down. In a top-down system the worker’s …

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