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TGBN uses the knowledge and power of buyers worldwide – also known as crowdsourcing – to make transparent the good, the bad, and the ugly of the supply chain. TGBN members can engage with other...
Rapid public health surveillance on the ground in Haiti has been enabled in part by social media with Ushahidi’s innovative crowdsourcing tool that allow individuals to report outbreaks using of...
In my last post Crowdsourcing Implications for Medium and Large Businesses, I looked at some of the other uses of crowdsourcing beyond the more targeted applications that are being readily adopted by home-office entrepreneurs and small businesses. These included examples in the areas of open-innovation and customer engagement. Another crowdsourcing opportunity relates to the selective out-tasking of highly repetitive, high volume work to a distributed online, on-demand workforce.
The Crowdsourcing Industry Taxonomy (V2) is the result of primary research, facilitated by Crowdsourcing.org, involving a team of expert volunteers. The team identified seven distinguishably unique categories of crowdsourcing. These top level categories are: Open Innovation, Community Building, Collective Creativity, Civic Engagement, Collective Knowledge, Crowdfunding and Cloud Labor.
Cloud Labor, Distributed Knowledge, Tools
Luis von Ahn wants to translate the web — all of it. To call him ambitious is an understatement. In a TED Talk that was originally uploaded to YouTube in April 2011, von Ahn introduced Duolingo, a crowdsourced translation project, and boldly proclaimed that with one million users, the site could help to convert the entirety of Wikipedia into Spanish in 80 hours. Free of charge. Even with a slightly more modest prediction of 100,000 users, the task would be completed within five weeks. What von Ahn, an entrepreneur and computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon, was proposing, and what Duolingo is now beginning to offer in a private beta, is a crowdsourced translation service that provides every volunteer with a service of their own. What he envisions is a tool that will not just revolutionize the Internet, but education itself.
Crowd Creativity, Crowdfunding, Distributed Knowledge
What do the world’s social media users think about crowdsourcing? Crowdsourcing.org partnered with KL Communications to find out.
Using a tool called Netbase, which indexes and analyzes millions of conversations across the web, Crowdsourcing.org and KLC analyzed data for the top 15 sites generating the most buzz for each of the five main crowdsourcing categories in Crowdsourcing.org’s Directory: cloud labor, crowd creativity, crowdfunding, distributed knowledge and open innovation. This report examines a year of data — timeframe: November 1, 2010 to October 31, 2011 — garnered from Facebook, Twitter, blogs, forums, news sites and consumer reviews.
One of the newest players in the crowdsourced legal advice field is Jurify, which launched only last month. To get a better understanding of how the platform works and what the team behind it wants to achieve, we spoke with co-founders Erik and Nicole Lopez. In this second half of the interview, we discuss the company’s business structure and how Jurify may affect the legal industry at large.
Thomas Vass writes in to review the Georgia intrastate crowdfunding laws, and other Georgia intiatives to promote private capital investments in companies. In the second half of the article, Vass discusses the laws' shortcomings and how they may be improved.