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Crowdsourcing

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Crowdsourcing, neologism that comes from the conjunction of the Anglo-Saxon words crowd (crowd) and source (source), usually translated into Spanish as crowdsourcing, and is a new model of business over the Internet, by which a specific job, such as the production of content, is not delegated to a person or a company, but a mass audienceusually consisting of anonymous individuals. You can treat users of a web site or public in general, subjected to a propaganda message.Crowdsourcing, as operative’s work, can be applied to almost any area. There are many web sites that work under this precept and offer their services to various tasks, such as programming or design web. In all cases, the system uses the possibilities that allows the mass popularization of Internet. Here we will make a tour through the history of crowdsourcing and the different modes that adopts. The beginnings of the first crowdsourcingEl in analytically deal with the issue of the Crowdsourcing was Jeff Howe, an editor of the technology magazine Wired, who pointed out the relationship between the origin of the crowdsourcing and open source or open source software.

Open source software offers you the possibility, to any user, edit the schedule, so that development gives collaboratively by users of the applications themselves. Tentative experiences linked to the exploitation of the reach of the Internet for the solution to a problem are innumerable, and include cases extravagant as the blog network paperclip, which allowed him a young, through successive exchanges and after one year, trocar a paper clip for a House. Another example of huge media resonance was another young man who, thanks to a web page and the help of the Internet, managed to find a girl that is had fallen in love in the metro of New York.De Wikipedia to Google MapsUno of the best-known crowdsourcing examples is the famed encyclopedia Wikipedia, whose content is generated, updated and maintained by the users of the web. The idea of using crowdsourcing as a generator of content not necessarily is limited to the writing of texts, as evidenced by the Google Maps Google service, by which users indicate the location of businesses, institutions and other references. This allows an exponential growth of the databases for these services, which are fed continuously by Internet users around the world.ReCaptcha, the automated digitalization of librosReCaptcha is a service that consists of a small locker which, added to any web site, allows you to verify that the users of the sites are real and not automated applications.

The interesting thing about ReCaptcha is that below this service anti-spam works a not very well-known crowdsourcing system: each time that a user type the words contained in the image that is presented, is digitizing a book words, a task that existing text recognition applications unable to perform effectively. Learn more on the subject from Shimmie Horn. Benefits and controversies of the crowdsourcing crowdsourcingEl represents a benefit clear for those who It gives start initiatives, since it enables quality results at a low cost, whatever the work to perform. It is common to find objections to this modality of work, mainly based in which being used users to obtain a revenue, which even is often associated with labor exploitation. However, for the moment there judicial cases, or complaints from users. The popularization of web sites based on crowdsourcing suggests that the model is here to stay.