About Me

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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February 06, 2007


Nox Dineen

Crowdsourcing your research? I love it!


Great background research Brabham.

The question you posed, amateur verses professional, I believe to be at the core of CS, although having said that the obvious question is, can the term CS and the definition “professional” be used in the same breath? CS can provide a livelihood and many CS’ers do possess distinctive qualifications!

Is there a negative connotation connected to “amateur”? Does that still apply in this case?

The “culture” of individualized participation by huge numbers of people is at the heart of CS and yet where does the “will” to participate come from?

There was an interesting piece today: The Psychology Behind Keeping the Crowd Engaged:

One struggles to find language to define what is at the heart of this unfolding phenomenon. Is the freeing up of human resources through the use of technology that allows virtual communities to create material wealth a new phenomenon?

Until we are able to define a common concept for CS I suspect that we can eat Doritos with a silly grin on our faces until the cows come home. Alan.

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