The internet is an information delivery and telecommunications platform. It’s one of six that exist in our society. It’s one of two (radio is second) that combine both of the above into a single environment. Though radio is enormously limited in comparison to the internet in this. In fact the…
The classic definition for data about data has taken on a whole new twist… So it looks like
Instagram and Pinterest are turning our everyday photos into vintage snapshots. A bowl of soup can become that instant moment captured where think about the pleasant thought ” I will sip”. Now new camera prototype just literally spells out what you are seeing by producing a text description of each photo you shoot, rather than capturing an actual image. It’s called the Descriptive Camera, and it just might be the next big thing in photography.
Here is how it works: A person takes a random photo with a web-enabled camera, which is sent to a person via a text or tweet-like message. Then that person describes the picture using a short narrative. The information is then returned and printed on a small slip of paper.
- PC World
The prototype uses Amazon Mechanical Turk — a system whereby users can sign up to process various types of data for a small fee. For a little over a dollar, each photo is returned in just a matter of minutes. A reputation metric is in place to ensure that the person processing the photo does a quality job.
The implications………. For Weed Scientist, ( I am not talking about the illegal crap that people smoke) who study eco-unfriendly plants like Congongrass that not only destroys other plant life that it surrounds, but burns at a higher temperature than normal planets; a photographer can take pictures of the area where the weed is located and send the description or even Metadata back to Forestry service. It is a more conclusive version of Geo-tracking.
"A picture is worth a thousand words…" so goes the saying. Also, it would make Crowdsourcing less of a need. Instantly, a cute, attractive, intelligent women’s picture, name, phone number, place to meet for a blind date…… can be shared with a buddy looking out for him. :-) What ? I am just saying.lol
At the university I work at, we previously were interviewing librarians for our Information Services dept. Well, one of our candidates pretty much talked about the Flipped Classroom instructional model like she was a pro. As a more efficient model for learning, the flipped classroom ultimately gives instructors more time to focus on practical instruction in the classroom. As such, I found a pretty cool jpeg that explained the process in a nutshell. Enjoy!!
Is Crowdsourcing a sincere plea for help or another short cut to define and describe digital born objects?
"Crowdsourcing is a neologism for the act of taking tasks traditionally performed by an employee or contractor and outsourcing it to a group (crowd) of people or community in the form of an open call. For example, the public may be invited to develop a new technology, carry out a design task, refine or carry out the steps of an algorithm, or help capture, systematize or analyze large amounts of data (citizen science). “
Ok, about 5 years ago, I could remember being in a workshop talking with a representative from OCLC about how modern day OPACs or Discovery tools would include a patron feature where students or whom ever could submit reviews on books in the catalog. In other words, the patron would have the privileges of an Amazon .com customer without being able to purchase a product. At the time, I found it kind of odd because we as librarians want patrons to check out our resources without bias. One of the best ways to skew a person’s opinion about an object is have opinions or reviews attached to the record. I have no problem with that with regard to a sales model. However, we are talking about libraries.
Why am I talking about amazon? I only mentioned it because Crowdsourcing can become a double edge sword. To put it simply, if I was given the opportunity to tag an image or video, I could be a good steward of communal information gathering or be an ass and tag an image in a misleading way. However, just with other forms of crowd sourcing like open source software and community driven information resources like Wikipedia, they are generally considered a good idea in terms of being guides. I attended a lecture recently at the University of Montevallo conducted by Kee Malesky. She is NPR’s longest serving Reference Librarian. During her lecture she commented on how the accuracy of written academic sources vs. Wikipedia. What she said was nothing I had not heard before. Basically, from her view, you can’t trust Wikipedia. However, I thought about something that she really did not touch on when it came to monograph journals Vs. their electronic counterparts. I did not hear her say or comment on the fact that electronic resources can easily be edited whereas paper journals have to be amended or republished in order to show discrepancies in facts.
In the end, what all by blabber leads up to is that despite grunts and disapproval from the academic community, we need crowd sourcing foundations to fill in the gaps that librarians even with the best resources and the most talented or skills can’t answers question 100% of the time. All we can do is say “buyer or consumer beware.”