Blog post 11: Crowdsourcing

Two articles are assigned this week. Read both articles. Find them in the Course Schedule and on Ares/online.

After reading the two articles, search online and find a recent case of crowdsourcing. NOTE: NOT crowdfunding. (“Recent” means: published in 2014 or after.) The case can be described in an article (news or journal) or a report, or the case might have its own website. (If it is in a journal article, link to the abstract that everyone can see.) Try to find a case that is interesting to YOU. I hope students will not write about the same cases.

  • The case does not need to include news media or a government agency. It may involve an NGO, or a corporation, or private citizens. Some crisis situations involve crowdsourcing.
  • Beware of fake crowdsourcing, in which a brand simply says “send us your ideas” and it is really just a contest, rather than true crowdsourcing. Do not use a case like that.
  • The case can be about a crowdsourcing success or a crowdsourcing failure.
  • This is NOT crowd funding. CrowdSOURCING uses the wisdom of crowds, not just their money.
  • The case can be in any country, but the source must be in English.
  • The crowdsourcing in your case must be complete. That is, we already know the outcome.
  • Choose only ONE case.

Content of the post: Provide a LINK to your source of information about the case (NO links to Wikipedia are allowed). NOTE: “Crowdsourcing” must be mentioned in your source. “Crowdfunding” is not the same thing.

  • Briefly describe the case and its outcome.
  • Compare your case to BOTH of the articles assigned for this week. In what ways is your case similar to or different from the Next Stop Design competition and the cases of emergency reporting? (Note: In comparing, don’t focus on the entities, like public transit or a disaster; focus instead on the way the project was presented and promoted, on people and participation, on the types of tasks people were asked to do).
  • Make sure you discuss the motivation of the participants and the outcomes (was something useful gained from the crowdsourcing?).

Your deadline for posting is Monday, Nov. 13, at 9 a.m. 

SLUG: The TITLE of your blog post about these articles must begin with the word “Crowdsourcing.” You can add more words after that if you want to.

If you need any clarification about this assignment, please make a comment on this post. I will answer it here.


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