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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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March 20, 2008


Monica Hamburg

Again really a pleasure to read (and learn from).

I have but a quick question, perhaps something others will be wondering. If the "pending patents" are made public to be reviewed, what kind of system is in place to prevent people in the public from just grabbing the information and running with it before it is officially patented?

Crowdsourcing articles on One Degree:

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Alan Booker

Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations. Clay Shirky

Food for thought! Alan

Alan Booker

Related News.

Britannica Invites Student Journalists to Blog Forum on News Business

"Are Newspapers Doomed? (Do We Care?)," will run on the Britannica Blog ( starting April 7, Beginning with an excerpt from Nicholas Carr's new book "The Big Switch." Carr, a former executive editor at Harvard Business Review and a member of Britannica's editorial board, argues that the economics of newspapers are being undone by the Internet



Steve Steinberg on Crowd Dynamics.

More food for thought. Alan

Alan Booker

News after the newspaper

Nick Carr posts about newspapers and the internet, “there's no such thing as an Internet newspaper,” as he blasts the Huffington Post blogsite.

Clay Shirky frames the debate in a larger context.

“To hear publishers tell it, they are deeply concerned about losing their audience, but the facts don’t bear this out. They’ve been losing their audience since 1984, the year readership first began shrinking (and ten years before the launch of the commercial web.)”


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