Milestone 1

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In this milestone we want you to:

  • Get experience of what it is like to be a worker and requester on current crowd-labor marketplaces
  • Read some research papers about crowdsourcing

Experience the life of a Worker on Mechanical Turk

Sign up as a worker for Mechanical Turk's worker sandbox at SITE


Experience the life of a Requester on Mechanical Turk

Sign up as a requester for Mechanical Turk's sandbox at SITE


Explore alternative crowd-labor markets

Choose one of: TaskRabbit/oDesk/GalaxyZoo. Explore. If you’re inspired, get a job. We expect 30-45min.

Worker: Make at least $1

Requester: work with at least 20 workers (tasks)

—> either: if you have funds, get real workers to do it.

—> or: post on sandbox and recruit some friends

TODO: let’s figure out what the signup procedure is these days

Requester: give a few examples…transcribe audio, extract info from web site, anything you want

If you can’t get in, there are other platforms: Microworkers, crowd flower.

Submit: attach CSV of results

Read: my half-day as an MTurker

Read: MobileWorks, mClerk, txtEagle, (flash teams?)

Submit: what do you like about these systems? What don’t you like?

Submit: reflect on your experience as a worker. reflect on your experience as a requester. write up short reflections: what did you like? what did you hate?