from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Delegating a task to a large diffuse group, usually without substantial monetary compensation.
  • v. Present participle of crowdsource.


Coined 2006 by Wired magazine writer Jeff Howe. From crowd +‎ sourcing, by analogy with outsourcing. (Wiktionary)



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  • See roo hullabaloo.

    March 12, 2009

  • "Like the long tail before it, crowdsourcing isn't necessarily a new idea, but rather a new name for an existing collection of concepts. In this case, crowdsourcing is the approach to business practices -- especially creation -- that fling open the doors to anyone and everyone interested in participating. Crowdsourcing is the heart and soul of the open source community, and it's this belief in the ability of large, noncentralized groups of people to organize and create something great, solve difficult problems, and accomplish seemingly insurmountable tasks." --Gary Stein, "Crowdsourcing"

    March 12, 2009