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Journalist vs. microworker: a fair fight?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… Penenberg demanded answers to 20 questions in a 400 word article – hardly surprising the writers blew the limit.

Word wars

Penenberg apparently believes that microworkers are a serious threat to journalism: an evil cyber army out to undercut hard-working hacks. But take a quick look at Serv.io’s website. The company never claims to employ or compete with journalists. Instead, Serv.io offers a pretty standard mix of crowdsourcing services: SEO content, product descriptions …

Tags: Adam Penenberg Alex Edelstein Arts crowd crowdsourcing Media microwork new york times Rupert Murdoch Writers Resources

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Games at the museum: Mia Ridge interview

Posted on by Safia Bhutta

… can make them more accessible by putting them online. The problem is that museums never have the resources to describe every single object in enough relevant detail. Crowdsourcing – especially via games – is a great way to fill this gap.

What are the best crowdsourced games in the museum sector?

I wish there were more crowdsourcing games in the museum sector! Most of them seem to be based in art galleries – Brooklyn Museum’s Tag! You’re it! is the best I know of. The …

Tags: BrooklynMuseum crowd crowdsourcing GalaxyZoo game design History microwork Museum Museum Resources Powerhouse Museum

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Free from the chains: how crowdfunding is changing game development

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… evils they have to overcome. For months, if not years, they must devote a huge portion of their resources towards one single goal: getting enough cash to carry on operations. When funders are enlightened and things go right, the payback can be huge. But when innovative, good ideas are met with wariness – for whatever reason – they must be sacrificed on the altar of the mighty dollar.

The gaming business was no exception to this process, with triple A games only funded when the people …

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Could crowd-driven think tanks be weapons of mass instruction?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… been a huge success. In addition to creating a ‘marketplace’ where users can offer or request resources for anti-extremist projects, Google recently flew 80 former neo-Nazis, Jihadists, gang members and terrorists to a summit in Dublin where they met with survivors of terrorist attacks, kidnappings and other forms of violence, as well as politicians, academics and members of the public.

This unique crowd is able to look at the problem of violence from all angles, and judging by the …

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Food52: a recipe for crowdsourcing success?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

Take the following ingredients:

. Two award-winning cookery writers.

. One eager food-loving crowd.

. A sprinkling of game mechanics.

Mix them all together and what do get? Answer: Food52. Founded in 2009 by New York Times journalists Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, the site is described as a “social hub for people who love to cook”. As well as debating burning culinary questions (just how do you make a vegan omelet?), Food52 runs regular …

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