What is crowdsourcing?



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    Crowdsourcing is turning to a crowd to solve a problem or determine the most popular answer or best way to do things. As the NY Times article cited below describes things:

    “The overarching notion is that the Internet opens the door to a new world of democratic idea generation and collaborative production. Early triumphs like the Linux operating system and the Wikipedia Web encyclopedia are seen as harbingers.

    In the new model, innovation is often portrayed as a numbers game. The more heads, the better — all weighing in, commenting, offering ideas. Collective knowledge prevails, as if a force of egalitarian inevitability.”

    Other popular examples of crowdsourcing include Netflix movie ratings systems and government astronomy projects like Stardust@Home.

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