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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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Raphael Gabbarelli

I have to be honest with you, totally hones: it was a surprise to see my reader.google.com page showing a bold "(1)" near your blog's label!
Anyway, happy to see that you and your blog are still...friends :D

Cheers

P.S.
Me and my blog are just beginning to know each other!!! My crowdsourcing experiment has still to begin ( www.reevolvers.net )

Chris Dymond

Hi there!

I'm a marketing dork who punched 'crowdsourcing' into Google!

(Actually, I'm a web innovations dork who punched 'crowd sourced journalism' into google, but your point is fair nonetheless :-)

Ken Martin

Jeff, I'm so glad to see you back on your blog. I hope this somewhat cutesy reacquaintance isn't a lark and that you'll start seriously posting again soon.

Reading "Crowdsourcing" changed my life, actually. I've been a print journalist for 29 years and I'm launching a nonprofit hyperlocal website for investigative reporting, The Austin Bulldog. I've use an entire container of Post-it sticky tabs in my copy of the book. Horizontal tabs on the edges of the pages mean it's important to me. Vertical tabs on the tops and bottoms of my pages mark points that absolutely must be incorporated into our website's design.

I started Austin's first online newsletter in July 1999 and in the intervening decade, everything has changed. Thank you for pointing the way toward the future we must all inhabit.

Ken Martin, founder, editor and publisher,
The Austin Bulldog (http:www.theaustinbulldog.org)
An initiative of the Austin Investigative Reporting Project
a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity

Dana Elliott MD

Hi Jeff,

I read your book months ago. Been following your blog since. Good to hear that you will be enlightening us on what is new in crowdsourcing.

Want to share with you on what our non-profit has done with crowdsourcing.

in our efforts to verify known and unknown AED locations, we have collaborated with a non-profit The Extraordinaries (www.beextra.org) to get iPhone users to locate AEDs. You can also view some of the AEDs that were located by iPhone users at www.firstaidcorps.org. ( in the 2nd post ).Remember to follow our org "First Aid Corps" in that app to get access to our missions.

With these data, we created an iPhone app to locate AED locations throughout the world. It is called AED Nearby. You can view the screenshots and a video on it at www.firstaidcorps.org. You can download it for free from the app store.

Rgds
Dana Elliott MD
First Aid Corps

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Do you think that discipline can be crowdsourced? I was never good at keeping my blogs up to date. Then with all this hype around crowd-sourcing, I thought why not get other people to help me keep my blog up to date. So I created a story blog where I start a story with one sentence then invite others to write the next part of the story by writing a comment. I then attach that comment to the storyline and wo-lah, it grows into a crowd-sourced story. It's more of a social experiment to see how far it goes. I think its cool, because everyone will be able to live vicariously through a character and control his destiny.

Click on this link to write the next line - http://peoplesstory.wordpress.com/the-story-so-far/

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