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What is Crowdsourcing?

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Jeff Howe on Crowdsourcing

"Crowdsourcing is the act of taking a job once performed by employees and outsourcing it to a large, undefined group of people, generally through the form of an open call over the internet"

The Rise of Crowdsourcing

The original article on Wired about Crowdsourcing - Dated June 2006.

Crowdsourcing 101 - tapping into the wisdom of crowds

Some things you wanted to know about crowdsourcing but were afraid to ask.

Radio Berkman: Crowdsourcing – Fact or Myth?

Crowdsourcing has been touted as a future business model for everything from design, to advertising, to reporting, to data analysis. But is it for real or just trendy?

Crowdsourcing: What are the downsides / risks to crowdsourcing on the Internet?

Answer: In general the risks are very similar to traditional outsourcing.

No control over the output
If you hire someone you don't know, you can't say upfront what you will get. With crowdsourcing most of the time it is the platform which is held responsible.
Solution: Does the platform has re...


Why I love crowdsourcing and others don't or may not

Why I love crowdsourcing and others don't or may not

The word is trendy. Has an in-crowd feel. Wasn't round when I was at school - or when I got married the first couple of times. New language attracts & distracts. (Transmedia is another example)
I'm lazy, lonely & am better at using other oeople's ideas. Crowdsourcing gives me security - a feeling that I have been true to the reality that I've always needed others.
There's no need to say more - crowdsourcing means my unexpressed thoughts can come from others - as I turn my attention to getting dressed for the day.
There are limits to crowdsourcing...