Mozilla’s new data gathering project, Test Pilot, hopes to use volunteers from all over the world for usability studies.  Simple crowdsourcing mechanisms will gather data from volunteers as they interact with web apps and desktop software.  The data that is collected remains transparent and openly available so that the data sets can be used by anyone.

If you want to be involved in the study, you can download a Firefox extension, which will ask for some demographic information – age, location, your level of technical ability, etc – usual questions that build a profile.  Based on your profile you will occasionally receive requests to take part in usability studies. When you complete the survey the Test Pilot will gather the information it needs.  But don’t worry, these tests are unobtrusive and the data is collected anonymously.

For more information about Test Pilot, go to: http://blog.wired.com/business/2009/01/mozilla-wants-t.html

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