What is crowdsourcing?

From crowd and sourcing.

Practice whereby an organisation benefits from collective working, taking advantage of the potential to externalise work provided by Web 2.0. For a company it represents the possibility to replace its R&D departments with a network of anonymous collaborators that voluntarily provide their technical knowledge. Whether they work for free or in return for remuneration, it constitutes a very profitable tactic because of reduced personnel training expense, and a reduction in the need to hire experienced professionals.

The InnoCentive portal, for example, is a platform used by large companies to anonymously publish challenges, offering compensation to external users that resolve their problems. Wikipedia is another example, which was founded based on this type of activity for collective knowledge creation: its entries owe their existence to the contributions, corrections, revisions and improvements of thousand of disinterested users.

Other denominations:
Crowdsourcing

 
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