Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Guardian Crowdsourcing: those figures!

From Nieman Journalism Lab on The Guardian's crowdsourcing
Journalism has been crowdsourced before, but it’s the scale of the Guardian’s project — 170,000 documents reviewed in the first 80 hours, thanks to a visitor participation rate of 56 percent — that’s breathtaking. We wanted the details, so I rang up the developer, Simon Willison, for his tips about deadline-driven software, the future of public records requests, and how a well-placed mugshot can make a blacked-out PDF feel like a detective story.

He offered four big lessons:

And from Ethan Bauley - via my Tumblr: "This is the best article I’ve read in weeks."

Hard to disagree.

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