CIRCA:Related Crowdsourcing Websites


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Cultural Crowdsourcing Projects

  • Brooklyn Museum uses “gallery tagging” on cell phones. Participants view images and tag it from a preexisting list or create new ones.
  • Galaxy Zoo is a crowdsourcing site where users can explore the night sky. Their tag line is “Welcome to Galaxy Zoo, where you can help astronomers explore the Universe.”
  • Kickstarter is “… the largest funding platform for creative projects in the world.“ An example project is a user trying to fund a trip to Rome to finish a book on Caravaggio.
  • Project Gutenberg is a crowdsourcing example, were the volunteers can edit or add new eBooks, donate and promote the project.
  • Suda Online is a scholarly crowd-sourcing website. Its goal is to transcribe and translate the ancient Byzantine encyclopedia. This huge undertaking (approximately 30,000 entries) is possible through this type of communal system.
  • Transcribe Bentham has registered users transcribe the work of Jeremy Bentham. A project of University College London (UCL), this website provides points to the volunteers in reward for productive transcribing.

Additional Examples of Crowdsourcing Projects

  • Aardvark gets participants to ask a question and then they find someone to answer, the response comes back within minutes.
  • Buzzillions is a site where the members reviews products and provide suggestions and comments on the products.
  • Carrotmob “…asks local businesses to compete: Who will make the biggest change to their business in order to improve the world? Then you show up with your friends at the winning business, and spend money to support them.”
  • Get Satisfaction is a crowdsourcing project that “…enable productive conversations between companies and their customers.”
  • CitySourced let users report any civic issues (graffiti, excessive litter, etc.) to their local government. It provides ”…an opportunity for government to use technology to save time and money plus improve accountability to those they govern.”
  • GWAP is a site that turns tagging into a game. In ESP Game, you guess what your partner is typing, and in Tag a Tune, you and a partner tag a song.
  • Herdict attempts to sort out the web, by having users report inaccessible URLs.
  • Hunch’s “…mission is to build a 'taste graph' of the entire web, connecting every person on the web with their affinity for anything, from books to electronic gadgets to fashion or vacation spots.”
  • Id this uses the crowd to identify pictures of people, places, and things (or in other words anything).
  • InnoCentive is a unique site that brings together the problems that large (and small) companies cannot solve. The users will apply their knowledge against scientific problems for a monetary reward.
  • Feedback.Army provides website testing for the low cost of $15. It uses the crowd to get prompt feedback.
  • Flickr is where users can upload pictures to share with the world.
  • With Fluther you ask a question and the crowd responds.
  • iStockPhoto is a collection of royalty-free images from many contributors.
  • Kiva is a program that connects entrepreneurs who need funding with donors. The recipients will pay the money back.
  • Mechanical Turk is from, and it connects businesses with people who work for money (pennies and dollars depending on the task).
  • Quirky has users submit ideas, the innovative ones are made and then sold. The users gets ¢30 for every dollar that the product makes.
  • SellaBand is a project where participants or fans invest in bands and music. They raise funds for tours and albums, in return the member gets free T-shirts, music, etc.
  • Spot.Us is “…an open source project to pioneer “community powered reporting.” Through Spot.Us the public can commission and participate with journalists to do reporting on important and perhaps overlooked topics.”
  • Ten Thousand Cents is a project that paid thousands of participants a penny (through Mechanical Turk) to draw a small portion of an American $100 dollar bill. The project then assembles all the pieces together.
  • Tweetbrian uses Twitter to tap the powers of the crowd. Users post questions to be answered.
  • Ushahidi uses the crowd to develop projects in information collection, visualization, and interactive mapping.
  • Wikipedia is currently the most popular and successful example of crowdsourcing.
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