About Me

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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September 01, 2009


Jeffrey Kalmikoff

Congratulations, Jeff! I can't wait to read all about your work!

James Sullivan

Cambridge is an awesome town. You're sure to like it better than NYC. ;-)


Hey Jeff your cohorts are indeed an impressive array of disparate individuals by the looks of them.

Huge congrats on the move, Harvard, it could be a lot worse! Are you sure you will know what to do with yourself, no articles to write, no Wired deadlines, a life of leisure or at least some breathing/thinking room and hopefully plenty more time to blog.

Warm regards, Alan

Jeff P Howe

Thanks Guys. I'm pretty excited.

Scott Havens

Great News! Congrats!

Panos Ipeirotis


"Howe is especially interested in researching the use of crowdsourcing for the development of sustainable journalism models.": As an interesting coincidence, yesterday at the New York Mechanical Turk Meetup, a representative from ProPublica ( mentioned how they rely on crowdsourcing and Mechanical Turk in order to supplement their investigative journalism. For their Stimulus package reporting, they mentioned how they get MTurk workers and others to check the websites of the communities around to the US, to find contracts given by government agencies to various contractors, how these contracts are progressing, and other useful information. Such information is so spread out that would be impossible to collect otherwise.

Looking forward for more news (pun intended).

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David Rogers

Congratulations! (jealously grumbling)

Enjoy the "non-gig" and I look forward to your future insights.

Enjoy it all, Jeff -- including the fact the Red Sox are 8.5 behind the Yankees. :-)

Ben Wilson

Guys great new Crowdsourcing competition going on check out: - We want really talented individuals!


Sounds like you got an awesome deal. Would love to study at Harvard and MIT and do what I want.

Bill San Diego

Just finished the crowdsourcing book and loved it. It really made me think about things differntly.

John R. Sedivy

Congratulations on your acceptance to this program and I hope you enjoy your time at Harvard! I look forward to reading this blog as you share insights from your research!

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That's good news Jeff. Lots to write about ;)

Monica Hamburg

Wow! What a fantastic opportunity, Jeff! Congratulations and enjoy.


Wow! What great idea! I'm a twitterholic (that's how I found you) and never heard of the Nieman program.
Great job!


Great job Jeff! These are great news for you and hope everything is going fine in the future. Take your time to drop by sometimes!

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Good news Jeff!!!!! I'm really happy for you and I wish you good luck in the program...


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Congratulations, Jeff! I can't wait to read all about your work. Keeep it up man

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