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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 13, 2008

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I've read Jeff's entire chapter and will order this thoughtful book for my library and some universities in poor, almost poor, developing and un-developing counries.

There are some connections of Jeff's work to various fields, if you want to google "crowd behavior" and several related phrases. Applied Social Psychology may be another avenue to elaborate further.

It may be a stretch for many or most terms you search,and set google Alerts for, but its a wonderful way to sit quitly in a room to think, esp. about interconnections.... and, the wisdom, and the stupidity, of crowds.

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Hey Jeff,

Now I'm no expert at this, but here are my two cents. I really suggest taking a look at it even if it may look like crap. Thanks.

first paragraph: used the word "open" too much.

second paragraph: should talk about unix as well, sort of to give context to linux in terms of modding.

third paragraph: provided the crowdsourcing engine... not provide the crowdsourcing engine.

fourth paragraph: but instead of efficiency, (comma) the effort had created chaos. *just a thought*

eight: lastline, "...ethos prized orginality, (comma) creativity, (comma) and sharing..." "..you could not..." not couldn't. Professional text not informal. "...It was not until the introduction of the personal computer THAT a need for proprietary software developed..."

ninth: Gates wondhered? spelling. wondered, correct?

Paragraph about "the open source software movement has always been as much..." I believe instead of using the statement made by Eric Raymond, you should use the one made by Jamie De Guerre "Much has been said about the wisdom of crowds. The idea that many people can achieve results more effectively than individuals has gained credence, especially as the internet has bought those people together and allowed them to cooperate in innovative ways. These techniques apply to everything from online encyclopedias to citizen journalism – and even anti-spam technologies." Although it was used in a paper about Anti Spam technology called the Vipul's Razor, it still holds importance in the world of crowd-sourcing. The article is: "The mechanics of Vipul’s Razor technology" published in Network Security in September 2007. If not replace, maybe you should use it. It would be a great sum up.

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Jeff, the excerpt from chapter 3 follows a thought stream that as dense as it is still breathes beautifully.

The exceedingly powerful imagery used by ER “The Cathedral and the Bazaar” to describe the two diametrically apposed processes provide us with a deep mystery to ponder.

The cathedral provides possible entry, in a fold who adheres to a common faith, to higher worlds; the bazaar provides unadulterated life forces that might live closer to that higher world albeit unrestrained by any dogma. A simple shepherd might after all be closer to god than all the upper echelons of the cathedrals hierarchies. Therein lies the mystery of those images.

The shackles that fetter process and offer conformity for advancements sake ultimately rob a process of any truly organic evolution whereas individual biography, as it unfolds, whether utilitarian or not, is the manifestation of idea and life paths that are birthed, realized and ultimately form, from the inside out, vessels that work directly back upon society and culture.

“Social behavior is never entirely predictable, but neither are crowds irrational, crowd behavior reflects the desires of it’s participants, but it is also guided by norms that emerge as the situation unfolds” and where do those norms originate?

I would suggest that those norms are the result of deeply organic impulses, which are not yet fettered, and originate from individual biographies. These individual impulses are intrinsically tied to personal destiny. Not predetermined in any way yet central to any ones life’s path and ultimately released to shape the world.

As your excerpt clearly articulates, seeds once planted might take years to show fruit yet the hand of an individual sowed each seed.

Warm regards, Alan

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