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>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>What does Crowdsourcing mean?

At Crowdsourcing, a large number of users make their skills available for a specific project.


The best known example is Wikipedia. Wikipedia is a non-profit platform, but companies can also use Crowdsourcing.

The purposes of the Crowdsourcings differ, the principle is identical:

Swarm intelligence contributes.

For which cases is the Crowdsourcing suitable ?

This method is recommended when participation of as many people as possible guarantees an advantage. For Crowdsourcing there are some examples:

  • Crowdtesting: Companies like software manufacturers have their products tested by many voluntary users before market launch.
  • Plagiarism hunters: The platform VroniPlag has already brought down several German politicians because swarm intelligence discovered errors in doctoral theses. This elaborate research is only possible because of broad participation.
  • Knowledge portals: On portals such as Wikipedia, numerous authors work together to write encyclopaedia or guidebook articles.

Crowdsourcing : the advantages for companies

Companies often resort to swarm intelligence at Crowdsourcing. First, the large number of participants increases the probability of detecting defects before launch. Second, they realize this testing procedure at low cost. Most users participate in these tests for free or settle for a small compensation.

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