Assign/Request items

In the Data tab, you can assign or unassign multiple items at once.

Assign items

To assign an item:

  1. Select one or multiple items.
  2. Click Assign on the floating bar.
  3. Choose an Annotator and/or a QA.
  4. Click Assign.

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When it says Multiple Assignments under the Annotator and QA fields, it means that there are multiple contributors assigned to the different item(s) you selected.

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You can assign items only to Annotators and QAs.

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When you change the role of an Annotator or a QA, all the items assigned to them will be unassigned.

Unassign items

To unassign a items:

  1. Select one or multiple items.
  2. Click Assign on the floating bar.
  3. In the pop-up, click the X button next to the names of Annotators and QAs you want to unassign.
  4. Click Assign.

To remove all the assignments:

  1. Select one or multiple items.
  2. Click Assign on the floating bar.
  3. Click Remove Assignments.

Request items

To request items, click Request tasks in the Data tab.

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Only Annotators and QAs can request items. They'll be automatically assigned up to the number of items that's set in Task Request Settings in Settings. The minimum number is 1 and the maximum number is 50.

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If the Priority scores task assignment setting is enabled for your project, then contributors will receive items by priority score.

Request by category

request by category

For projects with Item Category enabled, Annotators and QAs can request tasks by category. This feature must first be enabled in the project’s settings to request items this way.

To request tasks by category:

  1. In the Data tab, click Request Tasks.
  2. In the pop-up, select one or multiple categories from the dropdown.
  3. Click Request.

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You can also request tasks from the editor, once you’ve finished working on your last item.

Received item status

  • Annotators receive items with the following statuses: Not started, In progress, and Returned.
  • QAs receive items with the Quality Check status.

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Batch Size

  • Annotators and QAs can request a number of items based on the project's batch size.
  • Skipped items aren't counted towards the batch size limit.
  • Items will be removed from a contributor's item list if:
    • An Annotator marks an item for Quality Check, or marks it as Completed if they have permission.
    • A QA marks an item as Returned or Completed.
  • When an item is removed from a contributor's batch, they'll have space to request a number of items up to their project's batch size. The contributor doesn't have to process the entire batch to request more.

Item receiving order

There are a few conditions that determine the order in which Annotators and QAs receive their requested tasks. Automatic assignment must be enabled for these conditions to be considered.

Additionally, if you’ve enabled any task request sub-setting, it may change the behavior of these conditions, as listed in the Setting-based conditions table below.

ConditionItem receiving order
If there's a folderAnnotators and QAs will first receive items from the folder, then they'll receive the items from the project’s root (if available) in ascending alphabetical order.
If there are multiple foldersAnnotators and QAs will first receive items from the folders, then they'll receive the items from the project’s root (if available) in ascending alphabetical order.
If there is no folderAnnotators and QAs will receive items from the project’s root in ascending alphabetical order.
If the Annotator or QA has folders assigned to themThe Annotator or QA will first receive the items from the assigned folders, then they'll receive items from the other folders and the project’s root.
If the number of items available in the first folder is smaller than the number of Task Request Settings in SettingsAnnotators and QAs will receive the remaining items from the next folder in ascending alphabetical order (by default) or by priority value (if enabled).

For example:
Suppose a project has a Batch size number of 50 and contains the following folders: Folder A (40 items), and Folder B (30 items). When the Annotator or QA request items, they'll receive 40 items from Folder A and then 10 items from Folder B, to a total of 50 items.

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  • An Annotator can't receive items from folders assigned to other Annotators.
  • A QA can't receive items from folders assigned to other QAs.

Settings-based conditions

There are two sub-settings that can further define your project’s task assignment. Only one of these settings may be enabled at one time.

ConditionItem receiving order
Priority score assignment- Annotators and QAs will receive items based on their priority scores, prevailing over the default item order (alphabetical).

- If multiple items have the same priority score, the assignment will consider them in alphabetical order.

- The task assignment will first consider the folders in alphabetical order, and then consider the contents within by priority score. The assignment will also prioritize folders that contributors are assigned to over any unassigned folders.

For example, let’s say your project has the following folders: Folder A and Folder B. Folder A has a few items with different priority scores, and some items without any priority scores. Folder B contains several items with higher priority scores than the items in Folder A.

Contributors will first be assigned items from Folder A, sorting these items by priority scores in descending order. Once all items with priority scores have been completed, contributors will then be assigned items without priority scores, until all items in Folder A are completed.

Once the last item from Folder A has been assigned and/or completed, items from Folder B will be considered.

This means that item priority scores are considered within each folder only, and not across different folders.
Random assignmentAnnotators and QAs will receive items at random from locations they have access to. This could be: the project's root, assigned folders (if any), and unassigned folders (if any).