Research Output

Social Implications of Crowdsourcing in Rural Scotland

  Various surveys mentioned that the commercial benefits of Internet crowdsourcing are reaped largely by people located in metro areas and smaller cities. The impact of crowdsourcing on the rural population is questionable. The aim of this research is to bridge widening urban and rural divide by providing knowledge-intensive crowdsourcing tasks to rural work force which could provide long term benefits to them as well as improve supporting infrastructure. This paper reports an initial study of the demographic of small samples of twenty two rural homeworkers in Scotland, their motivation to do crowdsourcing work, present main occupation, computer skills, views on rural infrastructure and finally their level of skill in solving three spatial visualization tests. The survey shows that
flexible hours of working, extra income, and work life balance
are the three important factors emphasized as motivational
constructs to do crowdsourcing work. Their skills on solving a
spatial visualization test is equivalent to the literature reported
results, and also high correlations are identified between these
tests. These results suggest that with minimum training the
homeworkers could able to solve knowledge-intensive industrial
spatial reasoning problems to increase their earning potentials.

  • Type:

    Conference Paper

  • Date:

    30 September 2014

  • Publication Status:

    Published

  • ISSN:

    2374-1627

  • Library of Congress:

    HD28 Management. Industrial Management

  • Dewey Decimal Classification:

    658 General management

  • Funders:

    Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

Citation

Vasantha, G., Corney, J., Acur, N., Lynn, A., Jagadeesan, A., Smith, M., & Agrawal, A. (2014). Social Implications of Crowdsourcing in Rural Scotland. International Journal of Social Science & Human Behavior Study, 1(3), 47-52

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Keywords

Crowdsourcing, social implications, rural work force,

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