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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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Ryan Jones

Jeff,

Tks for this article, I am reading your book (again)...that should tell you that I am deep into the topic of crowdsourcing and I believe strongly in the future of mass collaboration. The downturn will definitely make people consider the low cost benefits of sourcing quality work from the global community.

If you get a chance, go over & check out www.hugocreate.com as well...this is another fun, small (but extremely global) fragrance crowdsourcing project.

Have a great weekend,
--Ryan

mitch

Jeff, As of this writing, JPGmag.com is on the precipice of profitability...having now secured advertising from almost all major camera equipment companies as well as companies like H - P, Epson, Adobe, etc...and the core of our success? Keeping vigil to managing, organizing and directing the community ..so they can create work they vote as being the best...(and it is!)...and then we publish the magazine of their work thereafter...we've had some very serious interest from the big publishing companies to acquire our web platform that permits this kind of collaboration among a community...because, they can imagine what this is worth to their magazines if they could finally integrate the web in a meaningful way with their readership in to the magazine...in fact, to permit them to participate in creating it? The first one will have cracked the code on having this kind of meaningful relationship between print and web...and once one company "breaks through" the others will have to follow or be left far far behind.

Chris Cairns

Jeff, can you crowdsource your software development to TopCoder? I myself am trying to develop a crowdsourcing-related business -- how cool would it be to say that I crowdsourced my crowdsourcing business? In fact, I could:

- Crowdsource the design elements to 99designs.com
- Crowdsource the SW development to TopCoder (if you can)
- Crowdsource testing to Utest
- What about hosting? Can I host my web app on everyone's spare compute cycles? :)

Pretty soon the only thing I'll need is an idea, and I can just let the rest of the world take it from there. Oh wait -- I don't need to think either: globalideasbank.org.

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