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The Workforce in the Cloud

The Workforce in the Cloud | Crowdsourcing trends | Scoop.it

FOR translating a 22-minute video from English into Spanish at short notice, 7Brands Global Content, a professional-translation firm based in New York, quoted “approximately $1,500”. This fee seems in line with the local going rate for the job from a firm which boasts membership of three professional associations and clients such as Chase and Bank of America. Not so long ago, paying the local rate was the only option. Today anyone seeking to get this sort of job done is only a click away from the whole world of professionals competing to do it far cheaper.

That same translation job was advertised on Elance.com and oDesk.com, the two busiest among several newish online marketplaces for work, or “talent exchanges”. On Elance it soon attracted 25 bids, from individuals in 15 countries. For around half the bidders, this would be their first job, which raised questions about how good their work would be (especially the Uruguayan who promised to “translate your interview perfetly”). But some seemed competent. According to his Elance page, “oswaldo g”, from Colombia, has already completed 31 jobs, earning a combined $4,193 and a satisfaction rating of 4.9 (out of 5). He quoted a tempting $16.44 an hour—though not as tempting as the five bids on oDesk (three of them by five-star-rated workers), from Argentina, Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico and the Philippines. Each of them offered a flat rate for the completed job, ranging from $33.33 down to just $22.22.


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, June 2, 2013 9:17 PM
“Talent exchanges” on the web are starting to transform the world of work.
Tony Brugman (Bright & Company)'s curator insight, July 3, 2013 3:53 AM

There is a new rise in online companies, which can offer cheaper and faster services, with the smart use of talent (often freelancers and temps) "in the cloud", for all kinds of online work such as translation jobs. Examples are Elance.com and oDesk.com "the two busiest among several newish online marketplaces for work, or “talent exchanges”." Moreover, "the exchanges are providing opportunities not just to do one-off jobs, but to build a business."

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Crowdsourcing via the Smartphone Lock Screen | MIT Technology Review

Crowdsourcing via the Smartphone Lock Screen | MIT Technology Review | Crowdsourcing trends | Scoop.it
Researchers have shown that the swipe-to-unlock action can be replaced with useful data collection or micro-tasks.
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oDesk Tutorial: How to Find the Right Person for Your Needs

oDesk Tutorial: How to Find the Right Person for Your Needs | Crowdsourcing trends | Scoop.it
If you’re growing a business, hiring is essential. But the process can seem overwhelming. This oDesk tutorial video will assist you.

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