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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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January 18, 2008

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Alan

Great idea Jeff, but next week! Monday is a holiday, Tuesday, Wednesday? Can’t wait. Alan

Greg J. Smith

"I was inspired, in part, by what Clive Thompson did in his Wiredmag piece on Radical Transparency last April."

Lest us not forget McKenzie Wark's Gamer Theory!

Regardless, this sounds like a great initiative Jeff. :)

Jeff Howe

I wasn't exactly forgetting McKenzie Wark. Better to say I'm not quite as brave (or possibly as experimental) as Wark. I'm not going to post the entire book on the site. Thanks to both of you and I'll look forward to your commentary.
@ Alan: Shows the dull, grinding relentlessness of my schedule, doesn't it? There are no holidays (or weekends) for writers up against the wall! ;)

Jennifer Thompson

I was amused, after following your blog for some weeks, to find this article in ComputerWorld today, announcing "what some are calling the first blog-based peer-review process for an academic book."

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