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Social Media Sleuths Help Track Down Hate Crime Suspects
article Distributed Knowledge

Social media sleuthing may be a questionable tactic (remember Reddit and the Boston bombers?), but crowdsourcing successfully helped an investigation this week. According to Philadelphia police,...

Claire MackaySep 18, 2014 12:44 am GMT339 views
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Social Media Sleuths Help Track Down Hate Crime Suspects
Estonia Scores A Landmark Exit: GrabCad Acquired by Stratasys at over €70M
article Tools

Originally GrabCad, started out as an engineering crowdsourcing tool, however later evolved into a collaborative working tool for engineers. The buyer, Stratasys, is a large 3D printing solutions...

Claire MackaySep 17, 2014 12:43 pm GMT260 views
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Estonia Scores A Landmark Exit: GrabCad Acquired by Stratasys at over €70M
Panti Bliss to take global stage after crowdsourcing target smashed
article Crowdfunding

The world can expect to see a lot more of Rory O’Neill, aka Panti Bliss, after a crowdsourcing target for a feature-length documentary on his life was smashed this week. Following a six-week...

Claire MackaySep 17, 2014 02:47 am GMT130 views
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Panti Bliss to take global stage after crowdsourcing target smashed
Seeking Digital Volunteers to Search & Protect Namibia’s Wildlife (Using Aerial Imagery from UAVs)
article Distributed Knowledge

UAVs are increasingly used in humanitarian response. We have thus added a new Clicker to our MicroMappers collection. The purpose of the “Aerial Clicker” is to crowdsource the tagging of aerial...

Claire MackaySep 16, 2014 06:26 am GMT1673 views
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Seeking Digital Volunteers to Search & Protect Namibia’s Wildlife (Using Aerial Imagery from UAVs)
Why PH+SocialGood?
article Distributed Knowledge

Last year, we partnered with Google and UNDP to bring together more than 1,000 people in Manila live-tweeting to ripple across the world, kicking off the global Social Good Summit. We introduced...

Claire MackaySep 15, 2014 12:23 am GMT135 views
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Why PH+SocialGood?
City Maps Show Who Lives Closest to Dangerous Blast Zones
article Distributed Knowledge

One particularly ambitious project used a magazine article, GIS technology and crowdsourcing to create an imperfect but expanding map. Matt Krogh is one of the brains behind the Oil Train Blast...

Claire MackaySep 14, 2014 12:56 pm GMT432 views
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City Maps Show Who Lives Closest to Dangerous Blast Zones
Oddly enough, Moscow is becoming ‘European’
article Distributed Knowledge, Tools

Revzin hails a new crowdsourcing initiative called “What Moscow Wants” as an embodiment of that pragmatic spirit. Led by manager Olga Polishuk, the project has taken a democratic approach to...

Claire MackaySep 14, 2014 08:41 am GMT170 views
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Oddly enough, Moscow is becoming ‘European’
Fukushima: Trouble in Mushi Mushi Land
article Distributed Knowledge

Some people feel that the government’s radiation measurements themselves are inadequate. Safecast — a nonprofit formed after the Fukushima Daiichi accident for the purpose of gathering more...

Claire MackaySep 14, 2014 02:11 am GMT251 views
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Fukushima: Trouble in Mushi Mushi Land
The Smithsonian Works to Digitize Millions of Documents
article Distributed Knowledge

Over the past decade, there's been a collective rush by libraries, universities and museums to preserve dusty files by putting them online. Now these institutions are increasingly relying on...

Claire MackaySep 12, 2014 07:05 am GMT312 views
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The Smithsonian Works to Digitize Millions of Documents
Stronger Local and Trans-border Policies Needed to Tackle Air Pollution
article Distributed Knowledge

New crowdsourcing technology, like Air Casting, a device that connects to an app to aggregate air quality data, could also raise awareness. Prosecution might help too: The U.K. is facing the...

Claire MackaySep 11, 2014 01:31 pm GMT266 views
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Stronger Local and Trans-border Policies Needed to Tackle Air Pollution
Why #RussiaInvadedUkraine Matters
article Crowdfunding, Distributed Knowledge

In this conflict, technologically driven activism has become characteristic. Ukraine’s Maidan revolution began with a post on Facebook, and a “nerd unit,” staffed by volunteers who are...

Claire MackaySep 05, 2014 12:49 pm GMT779 views
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Why #RussiaInvadedUkraine Matters
Nasa's Hubble Space Telescope Could Become a Lego Playset
article Crowd Creativity

Lego Ideas is a successful crowdsourcing platform where anyone can submit a concept for a playset, provided they have built and customised it from Lego bricks. SOURCE LINK to the full article:...

Claire MackaySep 03, 2014 01:09 pm GMT267 views
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Nasa's Hubble Space Telescope Could Become a Lego Playset
Facebook and Seedrs host 'The Big App' event in London to find Europe's best mobile app developers
article Open Innovation

Facebook has partnered with crowdsourcing platform Seedrs to launch an eleven week competition to acknowledge and reward Europe’s best apps and developers. ‘The Big App’ initiative will, over...

Claire MackaySep 03, 2014 12:40 pm GMT384 views
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Facebook and Seedrs host 'The Big App' event in London to find Europe's best mobile app developers
YouTube Unveils 'Fan Funding' on Videos
article Crowdfunding

At VidCon, Wojcicki said the Fan Funding cards will eventually include links to the creators' own crowd funding projects on sites such as Kickstarter, IndieGogo, Patreon and Change.org, but...

Claire MackaySep 03, 2014 12:29 am GMT376 views
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YouTube Unveils 'Fan Funding' on Videos
More than Just a Pretty Picture
article Crowd Creativity

Recognizing that landscape photography is a genre made for crowdsourcing, the folks at Nature’s Best Photography teamed up with the Smithsonian Institution to sponsor a national contest of...

Claire MackaySep 02, 2014 01:51 pm GMT766 views
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More than Just a Pretty Picture
Dictionary reaches final definition after century
article Distributed Knowledge

This early form of crowdsourcing depended on a diverse band of volunteers, including a retired clergyman, a First World War hero and a colonial district commissioner in Burma, who was reputed to...

Claire MackaySep 02, 2014 09:13 am GMT165 views
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Dictionary reaches final definition after century
Duolingo Creator: 'I wanted to create a way to learn languages for free'
article Distributed Knowledge

Luis von Ahn is a man of many titles: computer science professor, entrepreneur, crowdsourcing pioneer to name but a few. He sold two companies to Google while still in his 20s and his latest...

Claire MackayAug 28, 2014 11:31 am GMT236 views
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Duolingo Creator: 'I wanted to create a way to learn languages for free'
Most smartphone users don’t download apps; here are 5 worth snatching
article Tools

Waze. Google Maps is great for looking up the address for a business, but it’s not the best when it comes to navigating. I give that distinction to Waze, an Israeli crowdsourcing start-up acquired...

Claire MackayAug 28, 2014 02:19 am GMT262 views
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Most smartphone users don’t download apps; here are 5 worth snatching
Growing up green: Program teaches boys about agriculture and more
article Crowdfunding

It was slow going at first. After a crowdsourcing campaign and a fundraiser at Lidia’s Restaurant, Boys Grow had about $75,000 — not nearly enough to buy the kind of real estate Gordon was looking...

Claire MackayAug 27, 2014 11:00 am GMT180 views
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Growing up green: Program teaches boys about agriculture and more
Crowdsourcing the Investigation of Eastern Ukraine's Russian Ghosts
article Distributed Knowledge

The APC-document discovery hasn't produced the same explosion of memes as Yarosh's business card, probably because of the overabundance of news coming out of eastern Ukraine today. With...

Claire MackayAug 24, 2014 12:01 pm GMT1022 views
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Crowdsourcing the Investigation of Eastern Ukraine's Russian Ghosts
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