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Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Researchers Complain About Changes in Amazon Tool Used for Surveys
The Chronicle of Higher Education June 23, 2015
This week Amazon changed the terms for a service that has become a standard tool in social-science research, and many scholars are complaining that it will mean higher costs to conduct surveys.
The service is called Mechanical Turk, and it is a marketplace that connects people on the Internet looking for paid piecework with anyone who has a small task and is willing to pay someone to do it. The concept is known ascrowd-work,and many researchers have used it to pay strangers small amounts to take part in social-science surveys.