Friday, September 25, 2009

Crowdsourcing takes center stage at DEMOfall '09

Network World - One unmistakable trend at this year's DEMOfall show is the number of Web sites and applications that rely to some degree on crowdsourcing. Crowdsourcing –- a buzzword loosely defined as giving large crowds of users the ability to collaboratively create or change content on Web sites or applications -– was made popular by open-source encyclopedia Wikipedia and has since become a staple of Web 2.0 applications. Among the new crowdsourcing technologies to debut at DEMO this fall are Article One Partners’ AOP Patent Studies, an open-source enterprise service that employs an online community of patent advisors to research patent claims; Waze, a mobile application that can be used to update traffic conditions in real time; TrafficTalk, a mobile application that is similar to Waze but also lets users provide traffic updates simply using their voice rather than typing into their mobile phone; Micello, a mobile app that aims to be the Google Maps of indoor spaces; and, a Web site that combines established reference resources and crowdsourcing to create a comprehensive information database. So why does crowdsourcing have such an appeal for developers?
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