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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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Shazz

A sign of things to come.

Also of interest, in the same spirit: http://www.pollingplacephotoproject.org/

The Polling Place Photo Project is a nationwide experiment in citizen journalism that seeks to empower citizens to capture, post and share photographs of democracy in action. By documenting their local voting experience on November 7, voters can contribute to an archive of photographs that captures the richness and complexity of voting in America. [...] In the spirit of public access and broad dissemination, this is an open-source project. [...]

First seen on http://www.designobserver.com/index.html

Jeff Howe

Thanks Shazz ... This has come up a number of times in the last few days. It's a brilliant idea and I have high hopes for it.

kdoctor

It's astounding how hard it's been for newspaper companies to come to grips with calendar/community/entertainment databases. Undoubtedly, newspapers -- at great cost -- collect more of this event info than anyone else. In fact, when Knight Ridder moved forward with now-dead Zip 2 in the mid-'90s, it arguably had a lead. But that then-ahead-of-the-pack technology froze in time and never got updated. Tribune tried some new things with Metromix and the WashPost's CityGuide is now one of the best. I'm interested in the Star-Tribune's Vita.Mn as a step-forward into the 2.0 world. Biggest development though may be this month. Yahoo, as part of its bigger deal with 7 newspaper companies, will be providing "technology" -- in part, tools to harness that entertainment/community content. Yes, it will be better displayed on individual newspaper websites -- but also through Yahoo's vast desktop and mobile network.

This may the be second coming of interactive, community-generated community/calendar/entertainment sites, intelligently mixed and matched with professional content.

Jeff Howe

Ken, it is rather stunning, isn't it? All that time and money on a service that could have been augmented by user contributions as soon as the technology allowed. Reminiscent of the music industry in its insistence on maintaining the status quo against every indication that newer models were cheaper and more efficient. I didn't know about Zip 2.0 or MetroMix, though. Thanks for the backstory. Enjoyed your "Good for Gannett" post on ContentBridges, btw. Thanks for stopping by ... Jeff

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Gannett's oldest newspaper still in circulation is the Star-Gazette located in Elmira, New York. In 2001, the company moved to its current headquarters in Tysons Corner, a suburb of Washington, D.C.

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