A woman, let’s call her Lisa, buys socks for her husband. The socks are good brand name quality, warm and comfy. Her husband, let’s call him Kai, is pleased with the gift. But Lisa often has cold feet and soon starts to wear the socks herself. Kai is not pleased. The heels of the socks are soon thin and whenever he wants to wear them, they are either in the laundry or his wife has them on. They get into a fight – and let the crowd decide who is right.Read more
On May 10, 2012, scientists from Yale University presented “Map of Life”, a virtual large-scale project with crowdsourcing potential. The interactive global map www.mol.org gives a comprehensive overview of the global distribution of animal and plant species.
This is how the map works: by clicking on the section of a country, the interested user is shown a list of species occurrence in the selected area. Furthermore, by entering the English or Latin name of a species in the search function, you can view the distribution of habitat of any given animal or plant.Read more
We’ve all experienced it: you’ve spent a summer evening seated on the balcony, taken a walk in the woods or left the light on in the bedroom while airing before bed: the next morning, an itchy spot. On the arms, legs or face: a mosquito bite. But a bite isn’t always bite, and mosquito isn’t always mosquito. Nobody really knows what types of mosquito are found in Germany. But that’s about to change, with the help of different research institutes and the crowd.Read more
And the winner is …the new forum for clickworker.com will go by the name of “Clickworker Lounge” and will soon be open to all Clickworkers.
We are currently working at full speed to provide the “Clickworker Lounge” with all the necessary functions. Before the informative threads relevant to the work at clickworker.com can go online, we are still looking for a creative and unusual avatar that Clickworkers can select as a place holder for their user image in the forum profile.Read more
Freedom of information versus copyright, pirates versus artists and journalists: when it comes to the availability and expenses of content on the Internet, conflicting interests collide. And, in the case of socially relevant information in particular, it is difficult to decide who is in the right: the journalist who has put a lot of time and travel into research and expects reasonable payment for his quality articles? Or the citizen for whom information about politics, economy and society satisfy a fundamental need that also lower-income users must not be excluded from?
There are numerous debates on the subject; the age of Internet is acclaimed as being ground-breaking for journalistic equality and feared as the end of quality journalism.
The truth might be somewhere in between, and perhaps journalists, publishers and users will have to be creative and develop new models for the communication of knowledge on the Internet. Such as the mediafunders.net platform.