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Crowdsourcing is a neologism for the act of taking tasks traditionally performed by an employee or contractor, and outsourcing them to a group (crowd) of people or community in the form of an open call. For example, the public may be invited to develop a new technology, carry out a design task (also known as community-based design and distributed participatory design), refine or carry out the steps of an algorithm (see Human-based computation), or help capture, systematize or analyze large amounts of data (see also citizen science).
The term has become popular with business authors and journalists as shorthand for the trend of leveraging the mass collaboration enabled by Web 2.0 technologies to achieve business goals. However, both the term and its underlying business models have attracted controversy and criticisms.
I’ve just come across this term… I knew about the process… but had no word for it… happily now I have one.
I think Crowdsourcing (CS) is related to the concept of SOCIAL PROSTHETICS (SP), or rather SP can be thought of as a small version of CS… Because the SP process can involve only one or two people, while CS is, by definition, implying a large group of people… but both concepts describe processes where a task is performed in a distributed way.