Crowdsourcing is a method of work that is becoming increasingly popular. It involves bringing together a large group of people to complete tasks typically performed by a single person or small group. This method is an effective way to accomplish mundane or tedious tasks at a greater rate. The tasks can be done either online or offline and are performed by an undefined public rather than a specific group of paid employees.
A number of different types of tasks can be crowdsourced, but most tasks fall into four major categories:
*Microtasks - involve large projects that are broken down into tiny tasks.
*Macrotasks - These involve presenting an entire project to the crowd of potential workers.
*Crowdfunding is also popular. In this case, rather than paying people to do work, people are asked to donate a specific amount of money to support a specific project or cause.
*Crowdsourced contests - In this case, a crowd is asked to submit ideas for a project, but only the winner or winners are compensated.
Founded in 2010, the industry website, Crowdsourcing.org, is a neutral organization dedicated solely
to crowdsourcing and crowdfunding. As one of the most influential and credible authorities in the crowdsourcing space,
Crowdsourcing.org is recognized worldwide for its intellectual capital, crowdsourcing and crowdfunding
practice expertise and unbiased thought leadership.