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“Crowdsourcing is the act of taking atask traditionally performed by anemployee or contractor andoutsourcing it to an undefined,generally large group of people inthe form of an open call” (Wikipedia).
Its not a new idea…The 19th century Oxford EnglishDictionary was crowdsourced.
In 1714 the Longitude prize wasawarded for the simplest solution fordetermining a ships longitude.
•Lack of agency guidance or strategicdirection•Little control over production value•For spec work the risk/reward ratio ishigh•Ethics and opinions could bequestionable, leading to incorrectassumptions of reliability
•IP of work is often disregarded with nowritten contracts etc.•Added costs may be needed to bring aproject to a conclusion•Lack of financial motivation or rewardmay lead to lower work quality•Difficulties may arise in maintaining aworking relationship with the community