Low Effort Crowdsourcing: Leveraging Peripheral Attention for Crowd Work


Vaish Rajan, Peter Organisciak, Kotaro Hara, Jeffrey P. Bigham, and Haoqi Zhang


Poster Proceedings of HCOMP 2014


Crowdsourcing systems leverage short bursts of focused attention from many contributors to achieve a goal. By requiring people’s full attention, existing crowdsourcing systems fail to leverage people’s cognitive surplus in the many settings for which they may be distracted, performing or waiting to perform another task, or barely paying attention. In this paper, we study opportunities for low effort crowdsourcing that enable people to contribute to problem solving in such settings. We discuss the design space for low-effort crowdsourcing, and through a series of prototypes, demonstrate interaction techniques, mechanisms, and emerging principles for enabling low-effort crowdsourcing.