User Labor proposes an open data structure, User Labor Markup Language (ULML), to outline the metrics of user participation in social web services. Its aim is to construct criteria and context for determining the value of user labor for distribution.

A ULML record has three main elements:

Actions — A user’s actions (photos, videos, tags, comments, votes etc.).

Reactions — People’s reactions (likes, comments, shares etc.) to the user’s actions.

Network — Efficiency of the interconnections within a user’s social network.

ULML actions, reactions, and network together represent the sum of a user’s activities to create, improve, and maintain their existence in social web. See ULML Spec and ULML examples for more detail.

Implementation in JSON format:

{
    "actions": {
        "photo": {
            "upload": 120,
            "tag": 45
        }
    },
    "reactions": {
        "photo": {
            "comment": 15,
            "like": 235
        }
    },
    "network": {
        "personal": {
            "connection_in": 128,
            "connection_out": 256,
        }
    }
}

More information at http://www.userlabor.org

Performances:

Facebook User Labor Enactments, Digital Labor Conference, The New School, New York, 2009

User Labor Presentation, Digital Labor Conference, The New School, New York, 2009

User Labor Lecture, Neuberger Museum of Art, New York, 2008

Initial implementation in Meta-Markets.com, 2008

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