By Daren C Brabham

Ever because the time period "crowdsourcing" used to be coined in 2006 by way of stressed out author Jeff Howe, team actions starting from the construction of the Oxford English Dictionary to the selecting of latest shades for M&Ms were classified with this so much buzz-generating of media buzzwords. during this available yet authoritative account, grounded within the empirical literature, Daren Brabham explains what crowdsourcing is, what it's not, and how Read more...

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In this section, I present a survey of some well-known and lesser known crowdsourcing cases, organized by topic or scope of work. ” Based in Chicago and formed in late 2000, Threadless is an online clothing company. ” Forbes reported that Threadless’s sales in 2009 topped $30 million. At Threadless, the ongoing challenge to registered members of the online community is to design and select silk-screen T-shirts. Members can download T-shirt design templates and color palettes for desktop graphics software packages, such as Adobe Illustrator, and create T-shirt design ideas.

Lakhani, Lars Bo Jeppesen, Peter A. Lohse, and Jill A. ” Submitted solutions are never seen by other Solvers; only Seekers pore over submissions. Solvers with winning solutions are awarded the cash bounties, the Seeker Concepts, Theories, and Cases of Crowdsourcing 29 company takes ownership of the intellectual property, and InnoCentive receives a fee from the Seeker company for listing the challenge and facilitating the process. Lakhani and colleagues conducted a statistical analysis of the InnoCentive service between 2001 and 2006.

There is no engagement with the crowd on what the artistic endeavor will look like or how the start-up business will 38 Chapter 1 be run. Crowdfunding is distributed financing or group investing, not crowdsourcing. Even with Mechanical Turk, which invites crowds to perform simple human-intelligence tasks for pay, members of the crowd contribute their talent and intellect to the work. With crowdfunding, no creative energy or human intelligence is brought to bear on the product itself. Rather, the intellect required of the crowd in a crowdfunding arrangement is to choose a product to support.

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