Fine Structure

Using Your Readers to Search 450 000 Documents

An interesting account of how the Guardian (the London newspaper) was able to sift through ~450 000 (mostly boring) government documents in a couple days using their online readership.

I've always been fascinated by mundane tasks that can be spiced up by adding some game elements to them, and this is right along those lines. Given enough pictures of the night sky, shouldn't we be able to search for wayward asteroids through these means as well?

http://www.niemanlab.org/2009/06/four-crowdsourcing-lessons-from-the-guardians-spectacular-expenses-scandal-experiment/ ]

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