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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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August 07, 2008

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Svetlana Gladkova

Excellent summary for various tasks various organizations choose to crowdsource, Jeff. I also disagree with Mozilla's approach to crowdsourcing the future of Firefox simply because people have already started working on the concepts with the majority of them never to even have a chance of being implemented. What's more, I believe Mozilla itself may inspire a number of existing or new competitors to use some of the submitted prototypes to improve or create their own browsers.

Vasco Furtado

Hi Jeff,
Please, look at www.wikicrimes.org launched at the beginning of the year in Brazil. It`s similar to Ucrime but in larger scale. It is well developed in Fortaleza, a city of more than 2 million inhabitants. In WikiCrimes the citizen posts a crime and indicates others to (un)confirm it. Such a mechanism allows the creation of a social net and the computing of reputation of the informants. South Africa`s institutions are planning the introduction of the project there.
See BBC news on WikiCrimes at http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7347101.stm
Goals and motivations of the project are available in http://vfurtado.blogspot.com/2008/02/motivation-and-goals-of-wikicrimes.html
Thanks,
Vasco

kraloyun

Excellent summary for various tasks various organizations choose to crowdsource, Jeff. I also disagree with Mozilla's approach to crowdsourcing the future of Firefox simply because people have already started working on the concepts with the majority of them never to even have a chance of being implemented. What's more, I believe Mozilla itself may inspire a number of existing or new competitors to use some of the submitted prototypes to improve or create their own browsers.

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