Working on a definition of what it is, and comparing it to citizen journalism. Aggregating reports of milk prices by WNYC, gas prices around Atlanta, Talking Points Memo publishing PDFs from the Justice Department of the U.S. Attorney firings, are all examples. But what about credibility? How to trust the source, to know it’s a reliable report?
Many classrooms are using it – students across a district, county, state, or around the world can gather and aggregate all kinds of information.
Amazon’s Mechanical Turk offers a kind of crowdsourcing – posting one’s project there can get many good sources/responses.
One guy described how crowdsourcing reports on Southern California wildfires kept him apprised of the condition of his house there while he was in Georgia.
Crowdsourcing relies on an existing network of attentive followers, whether it’s blog commenters, or twitter followers, or facebook friends, or LinkedIn connections.
Tanya Ott described the Get an Edit Facebook group to help freelancers get feedback and editing for their radio scripts.
TBD.com – new Washington DC website – is based on a sort of crowdsourcing model.
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