Pilot project to label data on Sber’s TagMe platform starts in North Caucasus

Nov 20, 2020

More than 200 residents of Russia’s North Caucasian Federal District (NCFD) have successfully completed the training and joined a pilot project to label data on Sber’s TagMe platform. The one-month pilot should support the labor market during the second wave of the pandemic and enhance the digital literacy of the population.

Project members can work from home at any time. To label data, they won’t need any special programs or great computer skills because the TagMe interface is simple and user-friendly.

For artificial intelligence to learn to recognize speech or images, it needs to be fed thousands, dozens of thousands of examples (the more the better) where the same task was performed by a human. Tagging such datasets is called data labeling. Thanks to a large amount of rigorously labeled data, Sber creates products and solutions that improve the quality of life for people.

In September, the project was shown to the Presidential Executive Office in NCFD.

Alexander Vedyakhin, First Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board, Sberbank:

“Pilot participants tag three types of data: text messages, images of food, and images of faces. The project solves two problems at once. First, it allows people to do a meaningful job and get paid for it. And second, the labeled datasets help us develop Sber products for the entire country. After the completion of the pilot in the North Caucasus, we are considering to scale it up in other federal districts.”

Yury Chaika, Presidential Envoy to the North Caucasian Federal District:

“This is an extremely important project for the North Caucasian Federal District, and there are several reasons for that. First and foremost, it helps create additional jobs for different categories of local residents, including students, housewives, and women on parental leave. After completing their distance training and mastering the necessary skills, our fellow countrymen can increase their budgets significantly, and many are doing this now. What’s equally important is that projects like that help the North Caucasus embark on digital transformation and high tech development at a rapid pace. This is the bridge to our common stable and prosperous future that we need.”