crowd·​sourc·​ing | \ ˈkrau̇d-ˌsȯr-siŋ How to pronounce crowdsourcing (audio) \

Definition of crowdsourcing

: the practice of obtaining needed services, ideas, or content by soliciting contributions from a large group of people and especially from the online community rather than from traditional employees or suppliers Online crowdsourcing strategies that induce masses of people to solve a task, such as locating far-flung items or alleviating world hunger, work best when financial incentives impel participants to enlist friends and acquaintances in the effort, a new study concludes.— Bruce Bower These sites take advantage of the phenomenon known as crowdsourcing, or turning to the online masses for free or low-cost submissions.— Katie Hafner

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Other Words from crowdsourcing

crowdsource transitive verb crowdsourced; crowdsourcing
But many people don't know the story behind Legos—how the company, on the verge of collapse, crowdsourced its future by polling its most hardcore fans, or how the little blocks have exploded to become a major force in education … Smithsonian

Examples of crowdsourcing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The group is trying to raise more than $4 million from public crowdsourcing and private fundraising. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Light the Hoan is bringing on Milwaukee students to "Code the Hoan"," 3 Dec. 2019 Sanders notes that informal crowdsourcing is commonplace in the medical community. Meredith Blake,, "Our health care system is broken. Can crowdsourced medical shows fill the void?," 25 Aug. 2019 The app used crowdsourcing to track the location of protestors and police officers in real time. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "In flip-flop, Apple bans app used by Hong Kong protestors," 10 Oct. 2019 NextSeed serves businesses such as restaurants and fitness centers through crowdsourcing. Michael Taylor,, "Crowdsourcing — funding beyond the bank," 20 Sep. 2019 Sanders notes that informal crowdsourcing is commonplace in the medical community. Meredith Blake,, "Our health care system is broken. Can crowdsourced medical shows fill the void?," 25 Aug. 2019 The city of Cleveland, in partnership with a pair of development organizations, plans to launch a crowdsourcing platform later this week to help small business find financing needed to get started. Robert Higgs,, "Cleveland to launch online portal to connect lenders with aspiring business entrepreneurs," 16 Sep. 2019 Ocasio-Cortez and Pressley both tweeted out a link to a crowdsourcing page called The Solidarity Against Hate Legal Defense Fund, which has raised nearly $25,000 to pay bail and other legal fees of those arrested while protesting the march. Fox News, "AOC, Pressley vow to help pay bail for counter-protesters arrested at 'Straight Pride' parade," 4 Sep. 2019 The nonprofits Celebrate Mercy and MPower Change created a crowdfunding campaign for the Tree of Life synagogue victims on LaunchGood, a Muslim crowdsourcing site. Justin Carissimo, CBS News, "Pittsburgh shooting suspect makes court appearance; feds seek death penalty," 29 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of crowdsourcing

2006, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for crowdsourcing

crowd entry 2 + outsourcing

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The first known use of crowdsourcing was in 2006

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24 Dec 2019

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“Crowdsourcing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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