Yet More “Hive” Confusion

The New York Times R&D Lab releases Hive, an open-source crowdsourcing tool by Justin Ellis.

From the post:

A few months ago we told you about a new tool from The New York Times that allowed readers to help identify ads inside the paper’s massive archive. Madison, as it was called, was the first iteration on a new crowdsourcing tool from The New York Times R&D Lab that would make it easier to break down specific tasks and get users to help an organization get at the data they need.

Today the R&D Lab is opening up the platform that powers the whole thing. Hive is an open-source framework that lets anyone build their own crowdsourcing project. The code responsible for Hive is now available on GitHub. With Hive, a developer can create assignments for users, define what they need to do, and keep track of their progress in helping to solve problems.

Not all that long ago, I penned: Avoiding “Hive” Confusion, which pointed out the possible confusion between Apache Hive and High-performance Integrated Virtual Environment (HIVE), in mid to late October, 2014. Now, barely two months later we have another “Hive” in the information technology field.

I have no idea how many “hives” there are inside or outside of IT but as of today, I can name at least three (3).

Have you ever thought that semantic confusion is part and parcel of the human condition? Can be allowed for, can be compensated for, but can never be eliminated.

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