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The Productive Scholar: Using Mechanical Turk and Qualtrics to Crowdsource Tasks and Surveys

Topic: Using Mechanical Turk and Qualtrics to Crowdsource Tasks and Surveys
Speaker: Alfredo García

Time: Thursday, March 6, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pmMech-Turk-Qual_PS3 copy
Location: HRC Classroom, 012 East Pyne, Lower Level

The idea of “crowdsourcing” has increasingly been used in a variety of settings. With the help of social media, we can now crowdsource funds, software coding, information, and a variety of other tasks. But how can a scholar put crowdsourcing to use in his/her own work? This talk will focus on using Qualtrics, an online survey-generating software platform, and Amazon Mechanical Turk (AMT), a popular crowdsourcing website, to field surveys and collect hard-to-get information. Of particular interest in this session will be the use of AMT for running experimental survey designs. (Free Qualtrics accounts arevavailable for Princeton University members through the Princeton Survey Research Center.)

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The Productive Scholar: Tools for Transcription

Topic: Tools for Transcription
Speaker: Ben Johnston, Senior Educational Technologist and Manager, Humanities Resource Center (HRC), OIT

Time: Thursday, November 14, 12:00PM
Location: HRC Classroom, Room 012 East Pyne, Lower Level

Digitizing the spoken and written word can be a very time-consuming but necessary part of doing research in the digital age. In this session we’ll discuss the features to look for in tools for transcribing audio, video, and textual sources, and about the tools commonly used used for this work. From dictation software to multi-lingual OCR, to software for doing time-encoded transcription of audio and video and cloud services for crowd-sourced transcription of books and manuscripts, this session aims to make the arduous task of transcription a little easier.

Ben Johnston is Senior Educational Technologist and Manager at OIT’s Humanities Resource Center (HRC) in East Pyne, and Consultant for the Digital Humanities Initiative (DHI). Ben has been involved with educational technology for over thirteen years in positions at Columbia University, Bryn Mawr College, and Princeton University. While at Princeton, Ben has worked with educators and researchers across the Humanities and Social Sciences to facilitate the use of digital assets, technology tools, databases, and digital video in teaching and research.

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