Excuse the long absence. I spent the month traveling for the book and a week in Paris with the fam. Some people can balance demanding jobs and still write daily updates. I'm both mystified and mildly jealous. At any rate, expect a return to regular updates. We'll start off with one of Alan's round-ups, with a few additions from me:
Assignment Zero's Sneak Preview (on Wired.com): We've had our ups and downs at Assignment Zero, but we decided to release one of our articles early, and I think it does our experiment credit. Super-contributor Mike Ho wrote a feature about Larry Sanger's Citizendium, a controlled, expert-filtered version of Wikipedia. Assignment Zero is wrapping up, and I'll be providing more updates on the project as we enter the final stretch.
Miranda July from the movie Me, You and Everyone We Know and Harrell Fletcher have created this site: Learning to love you more. Choose an assignment. Assignment 59. Interview someone who has experienced war or assignment 31. Spend time with a dying person. Hard to label this venture but an innovative attempt to redefine participation! (Note: We're also hoping to cover LTLYM on AssignmentZero, so if you're into July or her art crowdsourcing joint, sign up to do some reporting on it, or to interview Fletcher and July.
A security lawyer's detailed look at Cambrian House. He states "there may always be an imbalance between the benefit a company can get from the community and the equity value the company can give back to individuals within that community." STARTUP TOOLBOX predicts that crowdsourcing isn't ready for securities offerings.
Outsourcing crowdsourcing? O'REILY Digital Media looks at worldofdt.com a post-production work facility for photographers based in New Delhi, India. It might sound like a stretch but if you are at all serious about submitting photos to a micro-stock agency, it's worth the read.
This might be older news but certainly an indicator of how crowdsourcing is going to get the attention of the goliaths. Deep Jive Interests title says it all. Dells Crowdsourcing More Than Hype: Tells Microsoft to "Suck It."
Business Week's David Armano talks about evolving platforms and human behavior. He starts with "Once upon a time" and tells the story we are going to hear more often. "It's the Conversation Economy, Stupid" might not be the stuff of Brothers Grimm but I bet there's plenty folk sitting up at night trying to figure out the ending!
Dovetail Software Blogs looks at the same problem from the other side of the looking glass. This article warns "development must never lose sight of the users" and in so doing points to the truth, "Knowledge Management Is No Good Without the Knowledge." Its amazing what a few months will do for a buzz word like crowdsourcing.