The recent change to Mechanical Turk allows the hoster of questions to have more control within the Mechanical Turk site:
Instead of a set of questions in a QuestionForm, you can create a HIT that uses a question form hosted by an external web site. Amazon Mechanical Turk will display the web site in a frame in the worker’s browser, in the middle of the Mechanical Turk worker interface. When the worker submits your form, the form submits the data back to Mechanical Turk. The external form’s fields become the fields in the HIT’s answer. Using an external question gives you complete control over the appearance and behavior of the question form.
Bitporters suggest that this would allow a visitor to a site to complete tasks which would assist the site and provide an alternative way to contributing rather than donating money. They also suggest a further step of being able to incorporate external question hosting into desktop applications and dub this Workware – involving the completion of micro tasks before being able to use the software.
This seemingly simple change to Mechanical Turk could expand the horizons for crowdsourcing.
- This post has been updated since comments on this blog pointed out inaccuracies. Thanks.
- The Bitporters post has been picked up on the O’Reilly Radar.