[bksvol-discuss] Re: bookshare seems to be interested in quantity

Hi Lora, Cindy, et al,

The idea of providing this percentage feedback at time of submission was passed onto the BookShare team a while back.

I would hesitate to base credit or anything else on what the BookShare tool says the quality is though.

I think Gerald said he had a complete Wheel of Time book that had been thoroughly read and spell checked, and the automatic rater dumped the rating at fair because of all the made up words. Now this book in reality took more work to make sure all of these things were correct, but he's going to get less credit?

And I don't think that we want to have to ask the admins to personally review these books to make certain the quality was rated correctly so the correct amount of credit is applied; they're busy enough as it is.

Automatic tools can only do so much after all, I've seen the adult content tool mark little kids books as adult, I'd really like to see the words it picked out to make that determination, smile.

Just some food for thought.

Jake
----- Original Message ----- From: "Lora" <loravara@xxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Tuesday, September 26, 2006 9:45 PM
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: bookshare seems to be interested in quantity



I think what E. and I mean is this: When I submit my validated book to the
admin queue, the Bookshare tools run a ranked spell check or some other
process to identify it's final quality. In addition to doing this at the
validation step, we should do it at the submission step. The submitter then
receives immediate feedback as to its quality: fair, good or excellent, and
the person validating already has a rough idea of the shape the book is in.


Bookshare could then, eventually, bar fair quality books from being
submitted ... Or implement a scheme where an excellent book receives $3 for
submission, a good book $2, and a fair quality book $1. Increase the
validation credit to $1, and you have a very equitable scale, in my mind.




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[mailto:bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Cindy
Sent: Tuesday, September 26, 2006 6:52 PM
To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: bookshare seems to be interested in quantity

E,

I don't think bookshare checks books that are submitted. They go instantly
onto the download shelf, and aren't checked by an administrator until
uploaded after valdation--and then, I think, Gustavo only checks the
copyright info. That's the impression I get, anyway, given the fact that
books in the collection have pages missing or garbled, etc. It would take
him too long to check through the book.
That's what we validators are for. So unless we reject a book, it's going to
be accepted by bookshare. I don't see how they can know what's poor quality.


Cindy

- I base
this suspicion on the fact that bookshare still permits submits of
poor quality books rather than raising the bar, thereby making less
work for validators and improving the quality of bookshare's
collection.  Bookshare for now seems to want to keep the bar low and
strive for quantity.

E.
At 07:15 AM 9/26/2006, you wrote:

>Hi Monica,
>
>I do understand that some people validate for
credits, and there's nothing
>at all wrong with that.  On the other hand, many of
the people on this list,
>yourself included, strike me as dedicated, and
willing to do a good job for
>Bookshare at the same time.  Originally, Evan I
think it was, said that by
>offering more money, people would just rush through
their validations to get
>the credits.  Although this may be true for some, I
still find it hard to
>believe that most volunteers would do that.  Didn't
someone say that only
>seven people paid for their memberships through
their volunteer efforts?
>
>On the other hand, I'd rather see the pay scale
changed entirely.  Perhaps
>$2 for submissions, and $1 for validation, would
balance the scales more
>equably.
>
>This would balance so that 25 submissions, or 50
validations, would pay for
>a renewal of membership.
>
>And if offering more for validations would cause
people to race through a
>validation, offering less would seem to encourage
people to race even
>faster.  After all, if I'll only make fifty cents
per validation, that means
>I'll have to validate 100 books to get through the
renewal process.  Better
>validate real fast!
>
>-----Original Message-----
>From: bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>[mailto:bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On
Behalf Of Monica Willyard
>Sent: Monday, September 25, 2006 10:50 PM
>To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: a sort of raise for
validators
>
>Hi, Cindy.  I have a scanner and use Openbook to
scan.  What I was trying to
>say is that without credits, I wouldn't do much on
the validating side of
>things.  As it is, I do validation both for the
credit and because we have a
>pretty hefty step 1 page right now.  Lora was
talking about not validating
>for credits, and that is what I was responding to.
(smile)
>
>Monica Willyard
>
>On Monday 9/25/2006 11:34 PM, you wrote:
> >Monica,
> >
> >One gets so much more monetary credit for
scanning, and all you'd
> >really have to do after a scan is to check the
copyright page and put
> >the right info in the submission form; go through
the book and be sure
> >no pages have been omitted (we've all done that,
and double-scanned a
> >page, too); and delete junk characters; and run a
spell-check. So you
> >validate because you don't have a scanner? I
think some can be had
> >relatively inexpensively and it might pay you n
the long run.
> >
> >I don't blame you at all for validating for the
credits. I probably
> >would work for the credits, too. I admit that in
my lifetime I have
> >volunteered my time and efforts rather than
donated money, not only
> >because I feel I'm being useful but because I
don't have that much
> >money to donate. smile
> >
> >Cindy
>
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