Slides for a position paper about "Nichesourcing" presented at EKAW 2012 in Galway Ireland at 11 Oct. 2012.
In this position paper we identify nichesourcing, a specific form of
human-based computation that harnesses the computational efforts from niche groups rather than the “faceless crowd”. We claim that nichesourcing combine the strengths of the crowd with those of professionals, optimizing the result of human-based computation for certain tasks. We illustrate our claim using scenarios
in two domains: cultural heritage and regreening in Africa. The contribution
of this paper is to provide a definition of the main characteristics of nichesourcing as a natural extension of crowdsourcing and to outline research challenges for realizing nichesourcing applications.