2,532 crowdsourcing and crowdfunding sites
In just over a week from now, approximately six hundred people will be on their way to Mission Bay, San Francisco to attend CrowdConf2011. Amongst the hundreds of attendees will be a formidable line up of speakers, representing many of the crowdsourcing industry's best known companies, business executives and thought leaders.
Last year's inaugural event was memorialized for the team behind Crowdsourcing.org as both the first significant event dedicated to the subject of crowdsourcing as well as the day we launched the site. Following last year’s success, CrowdConf2011 has been meticulously orchestrated to provide a platform for many of the leading figures within the crowdsourcing movement and to provide the broadest possible coverage of the application of crowdsourcing within social and commercial enterprises as well as the public sector.
Collaborative Translation Company Lingotek To Announce Contest Winner at World’s Largest Crowdsourcing Conference
Lingotek, a leading provider of collaborative translation solutions, is offering crowdsourcing fans the chance to win a prize in a contest held just before this year’s CrowdConf2011, the world’s first and largest conference on the future of distributed work. The contest, presented by Lingotek, will award the prize to the contestant with the best essay related to the importance of translation in global business.
The winner of the contest will be awarded access to Lingotek’s award-winning Collaborative Translation Platform—Hosted Version for one year as well as two tickets to the world’s largest crowdsourcing conference, CrowdConf2011 (approximate retail value of $36,100). The contest runs from October 6-21, please go to and click on the Contests page. If the contestant “likes” Lingotek on Facebook, enters the required information and shares their best essay related to the importance of language translation for business, the contestant will be entered into the contest. Entries will be judged by Lingotek President and CEO Rob Vandenberg, Crowdflower CEO Woody Hobbs, Crowdflower Founder and Executive Chairman Lukas Biewald and Daily Crowdsource Founder David Bratvold, the judges will present the award on October 25th and recognize the winner on stage at CrowdConf2011. See Official Rules for further information.
“CrowdConf2011 gathers leaders in a field that is fundamentally changing the way work is done around the globe,” said Rob Vandenberg, President and CEO of Lingotek. “Lingotek is one of the technologies on the cutting edge of this shift. We’re proud to be part of this world-changing discussion, as well as award the prize of Lingotek’s crowd-oriented benefits to a lucky winner.”
Crowdsourcing.org is pleased to present our November 2011 “Crowdsourcing Industry Landscape” infographic, which reflects our revised industry taxonomy and is aligned with Crowdsourcing.org's category structure. The infographic is available below (an ultra high-resolution version will be available for download from the site after CrowdConf2011).
In addition to updated site listings, this new version contains a number of important changes that reflect the current views of our research and editorial teams and input from our viewers. The previous taxonomy identified seven applications of crowdsourcing as well as a ‘Tools’ category — eight in total. After a period of considerable review, we’ve settled on six main categories of crowdsourcing.
"The whole purpose of creating the much needed crowdsourcing taxonomy is to provide a framework for the industry and to structure the discussion going forward,” says Carl Esposti, founder of Crowdsourcing.org. “As with all taxonomies, it must evolve as it is reviewed and refined."
"Crowdsourcing isn’t a static phenomenon," Esposti continues. "This is the third generation of our taxonomy, which we first launched at CrowdConf2010."
There is no question in my mind that crowdsourcing is a provocative model that will re-shape and augment more established forms of sourcing. It’s not a matter of ‘if’, but rather how large a disruption will amass — and how quickly.
While the model seems new, it has much in common with more established models — and as such, we have case history that we can learn from that will help us accelerate the wholesale adoption of crowdsourcing.
Let’s take a look at the outsourcing industry in India. How the Indians conquered outsourcing is a model we can replicate to establish the broad adoption of crowdsourcing. Back in the 1990’s, the Indian outsourcers weren’t considered as competition for the large national or global ITO and BPO providers. While the larger players were competing for transactions in the tens or hundreds of millions in annual contract value, the Indians were winning pitiful contracts — a million here, two million there — so small they were off radar.
Many of you will recognize Crowdsourcing.org’s “Crowdsourcing Industry Landscape” infographic — we published our updated November 2011 release a couple of days ago. This is the third generation of our taxonomy, which we first launched at CrowdConf2010. (More details on our revised industry taxonomy are available here.)
This taxonomy is broad, covering the primary categories where crowdsourcing can be applied from a high, distant perspective. For the last six months, however, we have undertaken detailed research initiatives with a number of leading crowdsourcing providers as well performing our own research where we looked at over 2,500 crowdsourcing use cases. This has resulted in the development of our Enterprise Use Case Framework.
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Carl Esposti, Founder of Crowdsourcing.org, interviews David Alan Grier, First VP IEEE Computer Society, and Associate Professor of International Science and Technology Policy at the George Washington University, where he also teaches a course on crowdsourcing. David is the author of When Computers Were Human. He discusses patterns evolving in Crowdsourcing, micro tasks, the parallel process of managing workers and delivering products and services to enterprise and his predictions for Crowdsourcing within a year.