The crowdsourcing code of conduct – for fair cooperation

21.07.2015

Crowdsourcing

In collaboration with the Deutsche Crowdsourcing Verband (German Crowdsourcing Organization) and the crowdsourcing providers, Testbirds and Streetspotr, we have developed a code of conduct to regulate the prospective cooperation between service providers, customers and crowdworkers. The goal is to enhance the legislation and establish general guidelines that will make crowdworking, a new form of work, profitable for everyone involved.

    The code of conduct includes basic principles
  • with regard to the seriousness of the tasks offered,
  • with regard to informing the crowdworker about the legal situation,
  • regarding fair payment for the crowd,
  • regarding crowd motivation,
  • regarding task definition and time management,
  • regarding freedom and flexibility in the completion of tasks,
  • regarding support for the crowdworker,
  • regarding communication,
  • regarding work environment as well as
  • data privacy and sphere of privacy.
The code of conduct can be signed by interested companies and will be continually developed. The basic principles can be read online at www.crowdsourcing-code.com.

Optimization of speech recognition systems

04.08.2014

Optimization of speech recognition systems

An increasing number of intelligent systems ranging from smartphones, info entertainment systems for vehicles, tablet and smartphone applications, to household devices and building services technology, are controlled via voice input.
However, many of the voice control systems are very error-prone. The human factor has often been disregarded during programming. Human beings do not always apply the same logic; they express themselves differently according to their language skills, nationality, social environment and educational background. As soon as the command entered does not comply with the envisaged and programmed command of the system due to the selection of words, sequence of words or pronunciation, the user is not understood and the command is not carried out. Break-offs and renewed speech input are time-consuming for the user and in some situations distracting and dangerous, for example while driving.

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Crowdsourcing in tourism

10.04.2014

Crowdsourcing & Tourismus

As a whole, the United States, China and Germany are the major travel nations. But many other countries have followed suit with regard to tourism. Worldwide, spending for travel services has been on the increase for years. The tourism industry is obviously delighted! However, the pleasure is even greater when the use of crowdsourcing provides the tourism industry with effective support to handle increased and new challenges. We want to present a few practical project examples.

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