AAAI Publications, Second AAAI Conference on Human Computation and Crowdsourcing

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Low Effort Crowdsourcing: Leveraging Peripheral Attention for Crowd Work
Rajan Vaish, Peter Organisciak, Kotaro Hara, Jeffrey P. Bigham, Haoqi Zhang

Last modified: 2014-09-05


Crowdsourcing systems leverage short bursts of focused attention from many contributors to achieve a goal. By requiring people’s full attention, existing crowdsourcing systems fail to leverage people’s cognitive surplus in the many settings for which they may be distracted, performing or waiting to perform another task, or barely paying attention. In this paper, we study opportunities for low-effort crowdsourcing that enable people to contribute to problem solving in such settings. We discuss the design space for low-effort crowdsourcing, and through a series of prototypes, demonstrate interaction techniques, mechanisms, and emerging principles for enabling low-effort crowdsourcing.


low effort crowdsourcing; waitsourcing; microtasking


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