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Ed Vielmetti

Ben -

CrowdFlower is not the only organization doing this kind of mass assignment of small tasks to an anonymous workforce. Amazon's "Mechanical Turk" has been used for similar tasks, with good results.

You might also look at Elance - http://www.elance.com - which includes not just anonymous workers but also freelance professionals (and attorneys).

A challenge to tasks like the billion page discovery is figuring out which of the records are suited to automatic processing and which need humans to read. You might think about constructing some system where there is some human-computer cyborg at work doing large scale sorting of documents, with people identifying key document characteristics that are hard to know until someone sees them with their own eyes, and then a parallel team of programmers writing code to turn human recognition into automated recognition.

Benjaminwright

Thank you, Edward. I'm just starting to learn and think about crowdsource for investigations, such as e-discovery in lawsuits and in Freedom of Information Act requests. I see lots of potential, and I'd like to showcase that potential at the SANS Summit on e-records policy September 27-28. --Ben

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