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Crowdsourcing: A Definition

  • I like to use two definitions for crowdsourcing:

    The White Paper Version: Crowdsourcing is the act of taking a job traditionally performed by a designated agent (usually an employee) and outsourcing it to an undefined, generally large group of people in the form of an open call.

    The Soundbyte Version: The application of Open Source principles to fields outside of software.

The Rise of Crowdsourcing

  • Read the original article about crowdsourcing, published in the June, 2006 issue of Wired Magazine.
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October 14, 2006

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YRUHRN is pretty lame as reading material, though (and what's with that awful title?) Wikipedia is infinitely more compelling. YRUHRN is an awful lot like those writing projects your teachers might have set you where you just start writing without pause for fifteen minutes: "I'm looking at the clock and I'm bored, now I'm writing this sentence. I wonder what's on TV?"

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