It’s been a wild ride.
Ten years ago crowdsourcing wasn’t even a word. At the time, NASA was still trying to figure out how to get people they later called “clickworkers” to find and categorize photos of craters on Mars. And, in the greater scheme of things, the idea of connecting businesses, causes and people online was just beginning to sprout. It wasn’t until 2006 that Jeff Howe coined the phrase crowdsourcing.
(written by Joachim Klöckner, Germany, Clickworker since February 2011)
That´s the change a few innovative citizen-participation websites are trying to effect. And, in a broad sense, they all utilize crowdsourcing to do it. I would like to introduce and explain these citizen resources as examples of creative and useful examples of crowdsourcing, which are making it possible for people to take part in politics.
direktzurkanzlerin.de makes it possible for Germans to pose questions to Chancellor Angela Merkel. If many people vote for a certain question to be answered, the Chancellor will respond directly. Readers have the possibility to rate each question and leave comments.
Twelve years ago the body of 41-year-old Ricky McCornick from Missouri was found in a cornfield. It was immediately apparent that the police were dealing with a brutal killing. Two pages of mysterious codes were found in the victim´s pants pocket – which neither the Federal Bureau of Investigation´s cryptanalysis and Racketeering Records Unit (CRRU) nor the American Cryptogram Association could ever crack.
In order to be able to offer clickworkers tasks to work and earn money, we first have to load tasks, along with their corresponding data, into our system. There are different ways our clients´ wishes can be fulfilled on our platform, and we´ve gone through a few variations.
(written by Rieke Oeldorf, Germany, Clickworker since August 2010)
When I got the opportunity to do an internship in London at the end of last year, I jumped at the chance. I was in my third year at a full-time position and needed a change of scenery. This chance came just at the right time.