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IDENTIFICATION

Pybossa homepage
  • Programming languages: Python
  • Software license: Free open source
  • Number of projects: 100
  • Number of users:
Start date :
  • Beta start date : N/A
  • End date :
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Description According to the official documentation (April 2013), “PyBossa is an open source platform for crowd-sourcing online (volunteer) assistance to perform tasks that require human cognition, knowledge or intelligence (e.g. image classification, transcription, information location etc). PyBossa was inspired by the BOSSA crowdsourcing engine but is written in python (hence the name!). It can be used for any distributed tasks application but was initially developed to help scientists and other researchers crowd-source human problem-solving skills!” Currently (April 2015), pyBossa is fully functional.

Crowdcrafting provides a hosting service. Purpose PyBossa is there to help researchers, civic hackers and developers to create projects where anyone around the world with some time, interest and an internet connection can contribute. It’s a 100% open-source Unlike, say, “mechanical turk” style projects, PyBossa is not designed to handle payment or money — it is designed to support volunteer-driven projects.

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THINKING
SENSING
GAMING
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OVERVIEW

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SYSTEM OVERVIEW pyBossa system (like Crowdcrafting.org) has three main components:

  • The BOSSA core
  • A task presenter, i.e. a HTML5 frontend that will load the task data into the DOM of a web page. Task Presenters can be either HTML5/JavaScript code that sits in the pyBossa server or they can be made with any language communicating through the API.
  • A task creator, i.e. a script that will upload tasks for the application to the BOSSA core.

There are two approaches for creating pyBossa applications:

  • Using the web interface of a pyBossa server
  • Using the REST API

You can create applications that use existing templates with different types of data. Else, you must learn how to create applications with Python. You will have to install a virtual Python environment in your machine, code, create the application that then can be "pushed" into a pyBossa server.

Other information

field_project_name Pybossa
field_project_purpose Support citizen science activities:
Computing: NO Thinking: YES
Sensing: YES Gaming: Somewhat

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pyBossa system (like Crowdcrafting.org) has three main components:
  • The BOSSA core
  • A task presenter, i.e. a HTML5 frontend that will load the task data into the DOM of a web page. Task Presenters can be either HTML5/JavaScript code that sits in the pyBossa server or they can be made with any language communicating through the API.
  • A task creator, i.e. a script that will upload tasks for the application to the BOSSA core.

There are two approaches for creating pyBossa applications:

  • Using the web interface of a pyBossa server
  • Using the REST API

You can create applications that use existing templates with different types of data. Else, you must learn how to create applications with Python. You will have to install a virtual Python environment in your machine, code, create the application that then can be "pushed" into a pyBossa server.

Completion level Medium

Documented projects in this wiki:


Sorry, the PDF print version needs yet to be done ....

Thinking: yes Computing: no Sensing: yes Gaming: somewhat


pybossa test Go

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1 Creating a simple application

1.1 Create an account and start a project

On a first and second screen, fill in the fields that will describe the application. You are allowed to change these later.

You can find your applications in your "personal" pull down menu.

Name -> My Profile

1.2 Select items you will work with

As of Nov 2015, there are 4 options, i.e. objects that you can you can present to the users for some pattern recognition task

  • images
  • sounds
  • videos
  • PDFs

E.g. select images

1.3 Define the type of task

There are three options:

  • Classify
  • Describe
  • Count

E.g. select classify

1.4 Define a question

  • Make sure to type an answer for each field (prefilled content does not work)
  • You can add response items

Next, add another question or two.

1.5 Add a source

You can choose between Dropbox and Flickr. Both provide you with simliar features and a test project can be built with either one. Using Flickr is probably a bit easier.

Make sure to add all pictures you need. Click on all pictures you want to import.

To add / change pictures, you can

  • MyProfile -> Select your project
  • click on Tasks
  • Click on Import

The documentation as nov Nov 2015, is not totally in synch. E.g. there is no need to create a task presenter as it is described in the quickstart manual

2 Customizing simple projects

There are several methods for customizing a project. Firstly you could add more tasks either using the Flickr/DropBox interface or using the CSV or JSON taks importer.

2.1 Modify tasks

If you are just testing it is best to delete existing tasks. Since tasks are identified by I don't know what, PyBossa will refuse to reimport tasks that already have been defined, even in a different way) To do so

Settings -> Delete tasks

Export to CSV and edit in spreadsheet

This allows for example to manually add pictures and also to change URLs. However, you carefully must respect custom fields that are made for each different type of presenter.

Tasks -> Export
  • Click on Download CSV. This will generate a zip file with a csv file, that you then can open in Google Docs (or any texteditor or spreadsheet application)

After making changes, you can import the CSV from various sources (Google Drive, URLs, DropBox)

Edit a JSON File

For people with a little computer science background, editing a JSON file is an alternative.

Export your tasks

Task -> Export
  • Download JSON

Import of a modified task file

For a CSV:

Tasks -> Import
Use either Google Drive or DropBox.

For the JSON:

Use the API (more later ...)

2.2 Change presentation of tasks

3 Old stuff

(needs to be checked)

3.1 pyBossa templates

pyBossa templates are reusable applications templates that implement popular crowd crafting problems. Templates include: a task creator, a task presenter, a tutorial, an application description, etc.

As of April 2013, there are five templates available on the crowdsourcing.org server. You can adapt these to your own needs in various ways.

Template Task template Description
EpiCollect Plus Project EpiCollect Plus Interface to an EpiCollect project
Geo-coding Urban Park Task Allows users to tag a park in a list of cities of the whole world. The result is then shown in a 3D Globe (rendered with WebGL)
Image Pattern Recognition Flickr Person Finder Uses the Flickr web service as the source of the data, pulls a picture from a Flick Feed and then asks the user a question with several possible answers.
Transcribing documents PDF transcription An application that allows transcribing PDF documents (e.g. old texts)
Sound Pattern Recognition SoundCloud ...

In addition, there are two special templates allowing to import data from CSV files or Google Drive Spreadsheets. In order to use that data, you will have to write the code for a presenter.

Template Task template Description
CSV Public link to a CSV file  ?
Google Drive Spreadsheet Import a Google Drive Spreadsheet  ?

All PyBossa templates are available in GitHub repository, e.g. you can add these to your own pyBossa server or modify the code and push to a pyBossa server.

3.1.1 Data exports

Both tasks and task runs can be exported either in CSV or JSON format for analysis.

3.2 Adapting the built-in Image pattern recognition template

This example will show how to adapt the built-in Image pattern recognition using the public pyBossa sever.

Example that you only can view once, unless you connect from a different IP. It is really just a test, e.g. only includes three pictures of the 3D printers I own ....

Below, we summarize the steps.

3.2.1 Create an account and an application

Fill in 8 fields that will describe the application. You are allowed to change these later.

You can find your applications in your "personal" pull down menu.

Name -> My Profile

3.2.2 Select an existing application template

In the Settings for your application (personal pull-down menu -> My applications):

  • Click on Import tasks and select the Image Pattern Recognition template

You now will see a link to a Google spreadsheet and that you can substitute by your own. Therefore, do not use this link, create your own as explained below.

  • Create a copy and share it on your own google drive. With the open file, use menu File->Share.
  • Replace all the pictures and maybe also the questions. Do not change the headings, since the presenter will use these.
col1 = question
col2 = thumbnail picture
col3 = credits page
col4 = full picture

... of course you can link to any picture from any site. E.g. we took ours from this wiki:

3.2.3 Create/Modify the task presenter

Pick the Image recognition task (the others will not work with the template)

You now can change the number and the phrasing of the answers. As you can see below, we added an answer:

<!-- If the user clicks this button, the saved answer will be value="maybe"-->
<button class="btn btn-answer" 
        value='Maybe'><i class="icon icon-white icon-comment-alt"></i>Maybe</button>

Adapting the buttons PyBossa uses the Twitter bootstrap CSS framework.

  • icon-comment-alt refers to a special font that was made for this framework. In principle, you can use any of these font names from this list.
  • Same principle for the button color styles, e.g. btn_answer would be light grey. See the Twitter bootstrap buttons list

Original fragment:

<div id="answer"> <!-- Start DIV for the submission buttons -->
<!-- If the user clicks this button, the saved answer will be value="yes"-->
<button class="btn btn-success btn-answer" value='Yes'><i class="icon icon-white icon-thumbs-up"></i> Yes</button>
<!-- If the user clicks this button, the saved answer will be value="no"-->
<button class="btn btn-danger btn-answer" value='No'><i class="icon icon-white icon-thumbs-down"></i> No</button>
<!-- If the user clicks this button, the saved answer will be value="NotKnown"-->
<button class="btn btn-answer" value='NotKnown'><i class="icon icon-white icon-question-sign"></i> I don't know</button>
</div><!-- End of DIV for the submission buttons -->

New fragment:

<div id="answer"> <!-- Start DIV for the submission buttons -->
<!-- If the user clicks this button, the saved answer will be value="yes"-->
<button class="btn btn-success btn-answer" value='Yes'><i class="icon icon-white icon-thumbs-up"></i> Yes</button>
<!-- If the user clicks this button, the saved answer will be value="no"-->
<button class="btn btn-danger btn-answer" value='No'><i class="icon icon-white icon-thumbs-down"></i> No</button>
<!-- If the user clicks this button, the saved answer will be value="maybe"-->
<button class="btn btn-answer" value='Maybe'><i class="icon icon-white icon-comment-alt"></i>Maybe</button>
<!-- If the user clicks this button, the saved answer will be value="NotKnown"-->
<button class="btn btn-answer" value='NotKnown'><i class="icon icon-white icon-question-sign"></i> I don't know</button>
</div><!-- End of DIV for the submission buttons -->

The result looks like this:

Adapted PyBossa application

3.3 A simple example reusing existing code

This article or section is a stub. A stub is an entry that did not yet receive substantial attention from editors, and as such does not yet contain enough information to be considered a real article. In other words, it is a short or insufficient piece of information and requires additions.

Draft

1. Create an account and/or an application as above

3.3.1 Create an application

  • Install a Python virtual environment. This way you can be sure that dependencies will remain ok (not overwritten by system upgrades, etc.)

.....

3.3.2 Create and push the application to the pyBossa server

python createTasks.py -u http://crowdcrafting.org -k API-KEY
  • Select your application (personal pull-down menu on top -> My Applications
  • Open your application.

3.4 Links

3.4.1 Official documentation

Documentation is available on docs.pybossa.com/. For example:

  • Crowdcrafting.org. Official PyBossa server that hosts many projects. Anyone can create his/her own.

3.4.2 Example applications

3.4.3 Other


Bibliography

BIBLIOGRAPHY
Facts about "Pybossa"
Has addressSpain +
Has completion levelMedium +
Has contact personClara Sánchez-Puga +
Has contact person URLhttp://clara@scifabric.com +
Has documentation linkhttp://pybossa test link +
Has documentation namepybossa test +
Has number of projects100 +
Has project access URLhttp://pybossa.com/getting-started/ +
Has project descriptionAccording to the official documentation (A
According to the official documentation (April 2013), “PyBossa is an open source platform for crowd-sourcing online (volunteer) assistance to perform tasks that require human cognition, knowledge or intelligence (e.g. image classification, transcription, information location etc). PyBossa was inspired by the BOSSA crowdsourcing engine but is written in python (hence the name!). It can be used for any distributed tasks application but was initially developed to help scientists and other researchers crowd-source human problem-solving skills!”

Currently (April 2015), pyBossa is fully functional.

Crowdcrafting provides a hosting service.
Crowdcrafting] provides a hosting service. +
Has project namePybossa +
Has project purposePyBossa is there to help researchers, civi
PyBossa is there to help researchers, civic hackers and developers to create projects where anyone around the world with some time, interest and an internet connection can contribute. It’s a 100% open-source Unlike, say, “mechanical turk” style projects, PyBossa is not designed to handle payment or money — it is designed to support volunteer-driven projects.
gned to support volunteer-driven projects. +
Has software licenseFree open source +
Has system overviewpyBossa system (like Crowdcrafting.org) ha
pyBossa system (like Crowdcrafting.org) has three main components:
  • The BOSSA core
  • A task presenter, i.e. a HTML5 frontend that will load the task data into the DOM of a web page. Task Presenters can be either HTML5/JavaScript code that sits in the pyBossa server or they can be made with any language communicating through the API.
  • A task creator, i.e. a script that will upload tasks for the application to the BOSSA core.

There are two approaches for creating pyBossa applications:

  • Using the web interface of a pyBossa server
  • Using the REST API
You can create applications that use existing templates with different types of data. Else, you must learn how to create applications with Python. You will have to install a virtual Python environment in your machine, code, create the application that then can be "pushed" into a pyBossa server.
hen can be "pushed" into a pyBossa server. +
Has team leaderDaniel Lombraña +
Has team linkhttp://scifabric.com/team/ +
Has volonteer computingno +
Has volonteer gamingsomewhat +
Has volonteer sensingyes +
Has volonteer thinkingyes +
Is officialfalse +
Is type ofBook +
Last editionNovember 9, 2015 +
Uses programming languagePython +