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Introduction

I have always been a proponent of conducting boots on the ground field research. Why? It allows you to better empathize with the user. In my pursuit of milestone 2 and trying to empathize with both the requesters and workers of multiple crowd-search platforms, AMT being one of them, I came to the stark realization that simply reading a journal or case study, and listening to users (Workers and Requesters) tell us about their experiences and engages us, but doesn’t allow us to truly observe and uncover their latent needs and desires.

Several Ah Ha moments occurred during this milestone. The first being that of creating a LinkedIn type network where workers can view which requester's HITs are in their network based on:

a. Friends of the worker b. Past HITs worked with the requester c. Friends who are friends with requesters of the worker

The second Ah Ha moment came when I struggled to find workers / requesters to observe. This led me to brainstorm ways we can leverage technology to better empathize with the user. For example, researchers could use platforms and technologies like:

a. Twitch b. Periscope c. Youtube Live streaming

to better understand and observe what the workers / requesters are doing and begin asking questing as to why they are doing it.

Scope & Methodology

In choosing an approach to Milestone 2, I attempted to stay along the lines of the template given.

Structure of this Review

  • Introduction
  • Attend a Panel to Hear from Workers and Requesters
  • Worker perspective: Being a Turker
  • Worker perspective: Turkopticon
  • Requester perspective: Crowdsourcing User Studies with Mechanical Turk
  • Requester perspective: The Need for Standardization in Crowdsourcing
  • Both perspectives: A Plea to Amazon: Fix Mechanical Turk
  • Synthesize the Needs You Found

Attend a Panel to Hear from Workers and Requesters

Deliverable

Chris
Rochelle
Sean
Laura
Peter
Spamgirl

Trends

Trends

Reading Others' Insights

Worker perspective: Being a Turker

1) What observations about workers can you draw from the readings? Include any that may be are strongly implied but not explicit.

Workers

2) What observations about requesters can you draw from the readings? Include any that may be are strongly implied but not explicit.

Requesters

Worker perspective: Turkopticon

1) What observations about workers can you draw from the readings? Include any that may be are strongly implied but not explicit.

Workers

2) What observations about requesters can you draw from the readings? Include any that may be are strongly implied but not explicit.

Requesters

Requester perspective: Crowdsourcing User Studies with Mechanical Turk

1) What observations about workers can you draw from the readings? Include any that may be are strongly implied but not explicit.

Workers

2) What observations about requesters can you draw from the readings? Include any that may be are strongly implied but not explicit.

Requesters

Requester perspective: The Need for Standardization in Crowdsourcing

1) What observations about workers can you draw from the readings? Include any that may be are strongly implied but not explicit.

Workers

2) What observations about requesters can you draw from the readings? Include any that may be are strongly implied but not explicit.

Requesters

Both perspectives: A Plea to Amazon: Fix Mechanical Turk

1) What observations about workers can you draw from the readings? Include any that may be are strongly implied but not explicit.

Workers

2) What observations about requesters can you draw from the readings? Include any that may be are strongly implied but not explicit.

Requesters

Synthesize the Needs You Found

List out your most salient and interesting needs for workers, and for requesters. Please back up each one with evidence: at least one observation, and ideally an interpretation as well.

Requester Needs

A set of bullet points summarizing the needs of requesters.

Requesters

Worker Needs

A set of bullet points summarizing the needs of workers.

Workers

Milestone Contributors

Slack usernames of all who helped create this wiki page submission: @alanaut24