Update 3:20 PM U.S. Eastern Time: All the HITs have been uploaded and claimed, so none remain. Thanks to the 78 of you who participated. We’ll let you know how it works out.
We want to pay you two cents (US$0.02) to help us improve the ESV text database. You don’t need any special biblical knowledge.
What to Do
- Go to the Mechanical Turk website.
- Search for HITs containing “quotation.”
- Find our HITs, titled “Identify the speaker of a quotation” from Good News Publishers. If you can’t find any HITs, there may not be any available at the moment. We’ll upload HITs throughout the day, so you may want to try again later.
- Click “View a HIT in this group.”
- Read the instructions.
- Click “Accept HIT” if you want to work on this question. (You may have to sign in.)
- Answer the question, and you’re done (or ready to work on another HIT).
- We’ll review your answer and approve the transfer of two cents into your Amazon account.
We’re always looking to improve the completeness of our database containing the ESV text. We thought we’d try out Amazon’s Mechanical Turk, which pays people a small amount to perform tasks that computers have trouble with.
In this instance, we’re looking to identify the speaker (when named) of the 5,500 direct quotations in the Bible.
We’ll let you know how this experiment in database normalization turns out.