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Cloud Labor Platforms Lag Behind Other Crowdsourcing Sites in Social Media Awareness
Cloud Labor

As part of a recent collaboration with KL Communications, Crowdsourcing.org examined the five different kinds of crowdsourcing using sentiment analysis. This third report (in a six-article series) aims to determine how the world’s social media users feel about the 15 top Cloud Labor platforms.

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Eric BlattbergJan 27, 2012 02:34 am GMT5483 views
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Cloud Labor Platforms Transform Employment Landscape
Cloud Labor

Cloud labor is quietly but surely changing the way businesses operate by making completing tasks cheaper, faster, and more manageable. Today, new platforms are attempting to bridge the gap between the freelance and crowdsource models of cloud labor, hoping to get the advantages of both and to minimize each other’s shortcomings.

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Anton RootJul 15, 2012 02:20 am GMT6853 views
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Cloud Labor Scuffle: Ziptask, AutoMan, and MTurk’s Flaws
Cloud Labor, Tools

Researchers at the University of Massachusetts have recently created AutoMan, a new cloud labor algorithm that intends to outsource not the worker, but the boss. 

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Seth WDec 17, 2012 02:21 pm GMT6620 views
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Cloud Computing Goes Mainstream with University Certification Course
document Cloud Labor

The advertised benefits for students include the knowledge to “design scalable applications that minimize local storage and processing”, besides becoming “an expert in cloud computing concepts...

Benjamin FosselAug 16, 2011 02:04 pm GMT2698 views
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Cloud Computing Goes Mainstream with University Certification Course
Opinion: CrowdFlower Lawsuit Could Change Cloud Labor Industry Forever
Cloud Labor

Should crowd laborers be paid as contractors or employees? According to Christopher Otey, who has launched a lawsuit against crowd labor platform CrowdFlower, the answer is the latter. The results of this suit could carve a huge gash in the face of crowd labor providers, and forever change how the industry functions.

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Crowdsourcing.orgJul 31, 2013 07:51 pm GMT3567 views
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CloudFactory, a Cloud Labor platform for creating work opportunities for people in developing nations
Cloud Labor

Developed by two idealistic Canadians and two open-minded Americans, the Cloud Labor platform CloudFactory, lauched this week in San Francisco, is an ambitious project based in Kathmandu, Nepal, with an objective to bring new opportunities of work to people in developing countries to help fight poverty.

Crowdsourcing.org had the opportunity to interview Tom Puskarich, VP Business Development of CloudFactory while he was in San Francisco for the launch of the platform at TechCrunch's Disrupt conference. We learned that CloudFactory is following a similar model to established providers such as CrowdFlower, Microtask and others. CloudFactory allows businesses to design virtual assembly lines for all types of digital work such as inputting data from handwritten forms, extracting data from images, flagging bad content and categorizing things. However, “The main difference between CloudFactory and its competitors is its free self-serve toolset that allows users to set-up their own workflows” Tom Puskarich, VP Business Development, informed us.

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Carl EspostiSep 16, 2011 06:16 am GMT8528 views
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CrowdConf 2011: Panel Cloud Labor
video Cloud Labor

A panel discussion on cloud labor during the CrowdConf 2011 in San Francisco. The speakers were as follows: Mike Morris: Senior Vice President, TopCoder Leah Busque: Founder & Chief...

Archenette EvangelioNov 19, 2011 04:39 am GMT2418 views
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CrowdConf 2011: Panel Cloud Labor
How CloudFactory Creates Digital Assembly Lines
Cloud Labor

Crowdsourcing.org first had the opportunity to speak with CloudFactory co-founder Tom Puskarich a few months ago at the cloud labor platform's launch where Puskarich was in attendance with fellow co-founder Mark Sears. Now that CloudFactory's digital assembly line model has been up and running for a few months — and with a new website — we followed up with Puskarich to see how it's going and how a factory in the cloud can help any business, even a pool cleaner in California.

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Eric BlattbergDec 16, 2011 03:51 pm GMT7557 views
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The five crowdsourcing categories ranked: Popularity in social media
Crowd Creativity, Crowdfunding, Distributed Knowledge

What do the world’s social media users think about crowdsourcing? Crowdsourcing.org partnered with KL Communications to find out.

Using a tool called Netbase, which indexes and analyzes millions of conversations across the web, Crowdsourcing.org and KLC analyzed data for the top 15 sites generating the most buzz for each of the five main crowdsourcing categories in Crowdsourcing.org’s Directory: cloud labor, crowd creativity, crowdfunding, distributed knowledge and open innovation. This report examines a year of data — timeframe: November 1, 2010 to October 31, 2011 — garnered from Facebook, Twitter, blogs, forums, news sites and consumer reviews.

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Eric BlattbergJan 13, 2012 01:10 am GMT9590 views
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Coffee & Power: 258 Guys in a Garage
Cloud Labor

Philip Rosedale, co-founder of Linden Lab and Coffee & Power, shares his vision for cloud labor and how he used the crowd to build his company.

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Crowdsourcing.orgFeb 01, 2012 05:26 pm GMT4165 views
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The (Unofficial) NIST Definition of Cloud Labor and Crowdsourcing

A few weeks ago, I was attending the NSF Workshop on Social Networks and Mobility in the Cloud. There, I ran into the NIST definition of cloud computing (PDF).

After reading it, I felt that it would be a nice exercise to transform the definition into something similar for the dual area of "cloud labor" (a.k.a. crowdsourcing).

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Panos IpeirotisApr 03, 2012 03:00 pm GMT4933 views
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Elance's First $500 Million: A Snapshot of Cloud Labor Today [Infographic]
Cloud Labor

Typically I don't like to devote an entire piece solely to the recent milestones of a single platform, but in the case of this infographic from Elance celebrating its first $500 million of work done, I made an exception.

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Eric MackApr 13, 2012 03:23 am GMT6110 views
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Ready... Aim... Hire! [Infographic]
Cloud Labor

Crowdsourced labor is beginning to gain serious traction across the globe. oDesk, an online matchmaking marketplace for businesses and freelancers, recently conducted a survey asking nearly 3000 businesses who used the platform to answer questions ranging from ease of hiring talent online to their perception of the cloud laborers. 

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Crowdsourcing.orgOct 15, 2012 10:43 pm GMT5257 views
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Gigwalk Scores $6M in Series A Funding
Cloud Labor

Yesterday, Gigwalk pulled in a cool $6 million in its Series A funding round. Gigwalk is a mobile cloud labor platform that connects companies with workers on the ground. The company will use the funds to expand and improve technology, specifically looking at how to improve its matchmaking algorithm to connect customers to the platform’s 200,000 workers.

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Anton RootOct 23, 2012 05:16 pm GMT5084 views
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Ziptask: The Killer App of Cloud Labor
article Cloud Labor, Tools

You’ve gotta be pretty bold to make the claim that your service is the be-all-end-all, better than the rest, the only one worth using. But in the case of Ziptask, it’s pretty close to the truth. We...

Seth WNov 05, 2012 10:07 pm GMT2683 views
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Ziptask: The Killer App of Cloud Labor
Microsoft Wants to Turn Crowdsourcing 'From an Art into a Science'
Cloud Labor

Microsoft, arguably the most important company in the world when it comes to driving productivity for both businesses and consumers, recently launched Windows 8 and is now looking to get more involved in the world of crowdsourcing, particularly the areas of cloud labor and microtasking.

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Eric MackNov 08, 2012 11:10 pm GMT6409 views
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Cloud Labor Scuffle: Ziptask, AutoMan, and MTurk’s Flaws
article Cloud Labor, Tools

Researchers at the University of Massachusetts have recently created AutoMan, a new cloud labor algorithm that intends to outsource not the worker, but the boss. New Scientist's Douglas Haven...

Seth WDec 11, 2012 08:43 pm GMT4168 views
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Cloud Labor Scuffle: Ziptask, AutoMan, and MTurk’s Flaws
The Lawsuit That Could Help Undo (or Cement) Crowdsourcing in the U.S.
Cloud Labor

A lawsuit filed in a federal court against leading cloud labor platform Crowdflower challenges an assumption that is at the very foundation of crowdsourcing, at least in the United States.

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Eric MackJan 07, 2013 12:00 pm GMT12300 views
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39 Online Jobs that Grew as the U.S. Economy Shrank in Q4
Cloud Labor, Tools

This morning we got news that the U.S. economy unexpectedly shrank in the final quarter of 2012, apparently due to big cutbacks in defense spending. But during the same period, dozens of online job categories saw a worldwide increase, according to Freelancer.com, one of the biggest cloud labor sites around.

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Eric MackJan 30, 2013 11:50 pm GMT6175 views
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$1 Billion Spent on Work Through oDesk [Infographic]
Cloud Labor

oDesk, the platform that helps to match up skilled workers from across the globe with employers, today announced that it has reached $1 billion in work purchased through its platform. The company also released lots of data showing the activity on its platform and the cloud labor space in general, predicting the market to grow to $5 billion in 2018.

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Anton RootAug 05, 2013 08:12 pm GMT3278 views
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