Prism is an experiment in crowd-sourcing, which until now has only made fact-checkers and copy editors of the “crowd.” One of the fundamental questions behind Prism is: what happens when the “crowd” is asked to imagine and interpret, rather than merely transcribe?
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MORE - Users interact subjectively with a text and contribute to a collective interpretive energy that has infinite possibilities beyond the highlighting exercise itself in research, in the classroom, or in engaging and experimenting with larger data in the humanities (computational linguistics and text mining, for example). The goal of Prism is to produce aesthetic provocations, that is, visualizations that incite and encourage conversation.
As news organizations are moving towards systematically using the power of crowds in news reporting, mobile phones are potential mobile tools for reader reporters. We conducted two user studies to support the development of future mobile crowdsourcing processes and mobile tools for news reporting. In a quasi-experiment on future mobile crowdsourcing process with location-based assignments, SMS messages were experienced as an easy and handy means for news assignments. A customized mobile client prototype was preferred for submission of multimedia content (photo and video), since submission was experienced simple to use and reliable especially for videos. Based on our findings and earlier research we discuss implications for the development of mobile crowdsourcing processes with mobile news reporting assignments.
Authors: Heli Väätäjä, Tampere Univ. of Technology; Teija Vainio, Tampere Univ. of Technology; Esa Sirkkunen, University of Tampere; Kari Salo, Helsinki Metropolia University.
Published in: Proceeding MobileHCI ‘11 Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Human Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services, ACM New York, NY, USA ©2011