Being A Turker, seminar by David Martin, XEROX

The talk will be broadcast through Bambuser.


We conducted an ethnomethdological analysis of publicly available content on Turker Nation, a general forum for Amazon Mechanical Turk (AMT) users. Using forum data we provide novel depth and detail on how the Turker Nation members operate as economic actors, working out which Requesters and jobs are worthwhile to them. We show some of the key ways Turker Nation functions as a community and also look further into Turker-Requester relationships from the Turker perspective - considering practical, emotional and moral aspects. Finally, following Star and Strauss we analyse Turking as a form of invisible work. We do this to illustrate practical and ethical issues relating to working with Turkers and AMT, and to promote design directions to support Turkers and their relationships with Requesters.


David Martin is a research scientist working for Xerox Research Centre Europe (XRCE) in Grenoble, France. He works for the Work Practice Technology group. His work involves employing ethnographic techniques to study work and technology use from an ethnomethodological perspective. These studies are used to understand the impacts of technology in real world settings and to feed into the design of innovative new applications. His work has covered a diverse set of topics ranging from ambulance control, to banking, healthcare, eXtreme Programming, production colour printing and is now focused on understanding crowdsourcing, particularly crowd workers.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013, 11:00 to 12:00
SICS, room Knuth
Isafjordsgatan 22, 6 fl