How does it work?MobileWorks breaks data into smaller chunks–for example, scanned documents into small images of one word–delivers these micro-tasks to workers on their cell phone, reassembles the results, and sends them back to our clients. We do it with intelligent computational programs that help us to preprocess work, assess the quality of results, and optimize the workflow. MobileWorks’ provides a high accuracy, low-cost and quickly-processed crowdsourcing solution for companies ranging from small startups to large enterprises.
What other tasks can MobileWorks do?Besides document digitization, MobileWorks can do all sorts of tasks. If you are a developer with some basic coding knowledge, you can use our API to design your own crowdsourcing application to do things like classifying data, tagging images, transcribing audio, making recommendations, analyzing twitter feeds, translating languages, subtitling videos, making smart database queries, proofreading papers, classifying ads, generating sales leads, search for email addresses, filter spam...and more!
I'm not a developer. Can I still use MobileWorks?Yes! You can post your work using our easy-to-use interface.
How long does it take to complete a task?Tasks are typically completed in 24-48 hours, depending on the size of the task, the type of task, and the priority of the task.
How much do I pay for a new task?Prices vary depending on the complexity of tasks and how long it takes workers to complete them. We'll price the task for you after a few workers give it a try so that workers are paid a fair wage for doing the work. You can pay more if you need your job to be done urgently and we'll guarantee that it gets done quickly.
What about pricing for the API? How much is that?The MobileWorks API is very powerful, flexible, and allows you to do a very large variety of tasks. Because there are so many different things you can do with the MobileWorks API, the costs for using the API for these different types of tasks are a bit variable. Pricing is based on how sophisticated each task is and how much time the crowd (real people!) can complete them. Typical tasks start at a few dollars per hour.
What exactly is a ‘task’?A task is a piece of information that each member of the crowd is given to complete. For an advanced web scraping task, one task is equal to finding out one piece of information from one website url. For web scraping, finding an email on a webpage is a task; for image tagging tasks, tagging one image is considered a task; and so on.
How do I know the answers are correct?Well, if you ask things from common categories of questions (OCR, image tagging, web research, and audio transcription), we'll guarantee it: we've baked it into the system. If you want to try your own tasks, workers will do their best to give you correct answers. If workers get confused by what you're asking them to do, they'll ask you and each other for help and advice.
What is your social mission all about?The reason we created MobileWorks was to make a socially responsible way to give high-tech work to people in rural villages and slums in the developing world. All the folks working in our system are paid fair wages and use MobileWorks to make better lives for themselves. By using MobileWorks, you're actually making the world a better place.