Bonus thing: Crowdsourcing

I very much enjoyed Stuart Dunn’s blog on crowdsourcing at http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/2013/03/21/more-than-a-business-model-crowd-sourcing-and-impact-in-the-humanities/, particularly the section on ‘supercontributors’ and the reasons why they get involved in crowdsourcing projects: “[I have a] desire to be useful, I suppose, and sometimes a wish to see from farther in (if not precisely the inner circle!) how a project has been organized and to learn more about the content”; […] “Appreciation for the democratic approach”. I suspect that these are much the same things that people get out of more traditional volunteering, but I’ve not seen it set out so expressively before and it certainly made me think. It’s also an important reminder of how much people value a democratic approach, and this may be especially important somewhere like Oxford, which is commonly perceived as a very elite and therefore closed organisation.

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