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crowdsourcing

Using the Internet to ask the general public to provide information or support a cause. For example, if a natural disaster strikes, locals can capture and upload images before a professional news crew arrives. Rather than hire a professional poll taker, obtaining public opinion via a Web site or blog may be the fastest way to generate comments and suggestions. Raising funds online is also a form of crowdsourcing (see crowdfunding). See user-generated content and social navigation.

Let the Public Do the Work
Amazon.com's Mechanical Turk (www.mturk.com) enables people to enter a task description and an amount they will pay for its completion. A body of workers (the Turks; the crowd) peruse the job list and fulfill the tasks. InnoCentive (www.innocentive.com) enlists scientists worldwide to do research for pharmaceutical, biotech, agribusiness and other companies. Awards are issued for solutions that best meet requirements. See Mechanical Turk and Google Answers.


Crowdsourced Traffic Reporting
These dialogs were excerpted from the Escort radar detector iPhone app, which makes it easy for people to report accidents, traffic jams and other road conditions in real time.
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It does this both through public prediction market contests, such as the newly launched platform directed at events related to pharmaceutical product approvals, and on behalf of corporate, non-profit and academic clients of its crowd-sourcing enabled consulting services.
The authority will continue to engage in crowd-sourcing in various phases, giving people across the country the opportunity to share their insights through the museum.
He was quoted as saying that he joined the search for the plane through the crowd-sourcing site to help the families of the 239 people on board the ill-fated flight.
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The construct of crowd-capitalism is rooted in similar constructs of crowd-sourcing (Howe, 2009; Affuah and Tucci, 2012) and crowd-funding (Ordanini, Meceli, Pizzeti, and Parasuraman, 2011).
Early bird backers on crowd-sourcing site Indiegogo can snap up Little Rooster for men for as little as $49, considerably less than it is expected to go on sale for next year.
In crowd-sourcing, Furtado explains everyone gets to vote to see which idea will have the higher impact.
A new partnership with Red Clay, a crowd-sourcing design firm, paves the way.
Online crowd-sourcing - in which a task is presented to the public, who respond, for free, with various solutions and suggestions - has been used to evaluate potential consumer products, develop software algorithms and solve vexing research-and-development challenges.
The company is taking this step by adopting a crowd-sourcing approach, similar to the way open-source software is developed.
At the close of the crowd-sourcing period, Sam Adams brewers will take fan favorites from each category and develop the recipe, which will be brewed in February.
Crowd-sourcing is a technique used to rapidly engage large numbers of interested people to develop strategies, solve problems or propose relevant and fresh ideas.