Crowdsourcing Services

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UB supports the use of crowdsourcing services as an efficient source for data collection.

What Are Crowdsourcing Services?

Crowdsourcing is the practice of obtaining information or input, into a task or project, by enlisting the services of a large number of people. Crowdsourcing Services (i.e. Mturk, Prolific) make it easier to streamline this process by providing access to a diverse, on-demand workforce through a flexible user interface. UB supports the use of crowdsourcing services as an efficient source for data collection.

Ways to Order

Crowdsourcing services may be ordered with PCard (State, Research Foundation or UB Foundation Procurement Cards) or Purchase Order (if the vendor accepts a Purchase Order).

Current Suppliers

Some examples of Crowdsourcing suppliers are:

  • mTurk (does not accept Purchase orders)
  • Prolific
Personal Reimbursements Not Allowable

All crowdsourcing services must be purchased using the authorized mechanisms of PCard or PO.  A one-time exception must be requested and approved in instances where a personal reimbursement is required.

Ongoing reimbursement requests for these purchases will be rejected, and individuals will be held personally liable for purchases made with a personal credit card.

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