• Jacob Skou Bæk
6. sem, Bachelor i Biblioteks- og informationsvidenskab
Crowdsourcing is a phenomenon growing in popularity. This paper discusses crowdsourcing, firstly through a series of texts dealing with the concept or its prerequisites which are used to investigate whence the concept originated. The ways in which the phenomenon is put to use is then exemplified. Specifically the types of crowdsourcing that deal with information gathering and problem solving are subsequently analyzed through the case study examples Wikipedia.org and InnoCentive.com respectively. These are analysed using the “rules” for crowdsourcing as put forth by Jeff Howe in his 2008 book on the subject.
It is since discussed how the digital culture in which crowdsourcing finds itself, relates to and differs from other information cultures. Problematic aspects of crowdsourcing are brought to light and suggestions for the use of crowdsourcing in information institutions are put forward.
In the end a number of things are concluded, chief among these that crowdsourcing can be put to good use in both information gathering and problem solving, but not without consequences and expenses.
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  • crowdsourcing, informationskultur, kollektiv, intelligens, participatory, culture, collective intelligence