Platform economy database

Eurofound’s platform economy database provides information on publications, articles, court cases, initiatives and other outputs related to platform work, or those forms of work that are organised and mediated through online platforms (websites and apps). This resource provides metadata for each entry, such as the name of the author, year of publication, whether it concerns an open access or subscription-based material, a brief description of the content and where available a web link to a source from which eligible users may access content.

The advent of the ‘gig’ economy has sparked a hotly contested debate about how on-demand, contracted employment will impact workers and society. At the heart of these debates are online labor markets such as Upwork (Elance- oDesk),...

The Invisible Worker is a new zine exploring the interface between work and technology, using writing and visual art to highlight how new forms of technology are changing the workplace. By creating collaborative publications, which...

This is the first in a series of four planned reports investigating the frequency of “crowdworking” in Germany. The present study is based on a continuous online survey conducted by the Berlin-based online survey firm Civey GmbH. The...

With a seemingly endless stream of tasks, on-demand labor markets appear to offer workers flexibility in when and how much they work. This research argues that platforms afford workers far less flexibility than widely believed. A large...

While Amazon's Mechanical Turk (AMT) helped launch the paid crowd work industry eight years ago, many new vendors now offer a range of alternative models. Despite this, little crowd work research has explored other platforms. Such near-...

This paper describes AMT and Turkopticon, and attempts to draw lessons from our experiences with Turkopticon for broader efforts to develop broad-based worker power in the "on-demand economy." The paper proceeds as follows. Part I...

We introduce the problem of Task Assignment and Sequencing, which models online optimization in expert crowdsourcing settings that involve non-decomposable macrotasks. Non-decomposition is a property of certain types of complex problems...

Schmidt's PhD thesis offers a comparison of Amazon Mechanical Turk (2005), the most prominent and infamous example for so-called microtasking or cognitive piecework, with the design of platforms for contest-based creative crowdwork, in...

In this article, the authors first provide a practical yet rigorous definition of crowdsourcing that incorporates “crowds,” outsourcing, and social web technologies. They then analyze 103 well-known crowdsourcing web sites using content...

Digitalisation, automation and technological change have brought about shifts in the occupational structure, the place and the timing of work, and career patterns, putting a further strain on the standard employment relationship. In the...

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