Map of Life: An interactive look at flora and fauna

22.06.2012 clickworker blog 5 Comments

On May 10, 2012, scientists from Yale University presented “Map of Life”, a virtual large-scale project with crowdsourcing potential. The interactive global map www.mol.org gives a comprehensive overview of the global distribution of animal and plant species.

This is how the map works: by clicking on the section of a country, the interested user is shown a list of species occurrence in the selected area. Furthermore, by entering the English or Latin name of a species in the search function, you can view the distribution of habitat of any given animal or plant.

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Hunting mosquitoes in the name of science

14.06.2012 clickworker blog 4 Comments

We’ve all experienced it: you’ve spent a summer evening seated on the balcony, taken a walk in the woods or left the light on in the bedroom while airing before bed: the next morning, an itchy spot. On the arms, legs or face: a mosquito bite. But a bite isn’t always bite, and mosquito isn’t always mosquito. Nobody really knows what types of mosquito are found in Germany. But that’s about to change, with the help of different research institutes and the crowd.

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Contest: A face for the “Clickworker Lounge”!

11.06.2012 clickworker blog 7 Comments

And the winner is …the new forum for clickworker.com will go by the name of “Clickworker Lounge” and will soon be open to all Clickworkers.

We are currently working at full speed to provide the “Clickworker Lounge” with all the necessary functions. Before the informative threads relevant to the work at clickworker.com can go online, we are still looking for a creative and unusual avatar that Clickworkers can select as a place holder for their user image in the forum profile.

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Is crowdfunding the future of quality journalism?

08.05.2012 clickworker blog 6 Comments

crowdfundingFreedom of information versus copyright, pirates versus artists and journalists: when it comes to the availability and expenses of content on the Internet, conflicting interests collide. And, in the case of socially relevant information in particular, it is difficult to decide who is in the right: the journalist who has put a lot of time and travel into research and expects reasonable payment for his quality articles? Or the citizen for whom information about politics, economy and society satisfy a fundamental need that also lower-income users must not be excluded from?
There are numerous debates on the subject; the age of Internet is acclaimed as being ground-breaking for journalistic equality and feared as the end of quality journalism.
The truth might be somewhere in between, and perhaps journalists, publishers and users will have to be creative and develop new models for the communication of knowledge on the Internet. Such as the mediafunders.net platform.

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Privacy on the Smartphone: Using Crowdsourcing to Protect against Viruses and Data Theft

19.04.2012

Nowadays, malicious viruses, Trojans and worms are not only endemic to home computers. Usually invisible threats, they are increasingly causing difficulties for many smartphones. It is therefore not unusual that enthusiastic users of web-enabled mobile phones not only install the desired app, but also a hardly perceivable pest on their smartphone. Unfortunately just a few clicks are enough to grant viruses or spy ware unrestricted access to all private data.

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