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

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 Examining the astounding abilities of Internet crowdsourcing, the documentary proves that people power can often aid in solving crimes. Amy Mackelden, ELLE, 30 Apr. 2022 While some enterprises resort to third-party crowdsourcing services, others build proprietary solutions. Alex Kalinovsky, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2022 Going back to the Waze analogy, human crowdsourcing is just one piece of the puzzle today. Rohyt Belani, Forbes, 27 Jan. 2022 The Ride Vision system can also integrate a variety of other components including parking assist, driver monitoring and map crowdsourcing. Sam Abuelsamid, Forbes, 4 Jan. 2022 Instead they are trained, through a kind of computational crowdsourcing, to mimic the judgments humans make about other humans. John Mcquaid, Scientific American, 1 Dec. 2021 In my experience, if the writer has contractual agreements with all first-time talent, this will be very hard to get funded unless it is funded by family, friends or crowdsourcing. Susan Johnston, Rolling Stone, 15 Dec. 2021 Given the immense scale of content that gets posted to the app, this crowdsourcing is an important weapon in TikTok’s content moderation arsenal. Los Angeles Times, 3 Dec. 2021 As the community keeps growing, blending old reference material with modern sleuthing using social media and crowdsourcing, the theater becomes more real again. Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle, 27 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of crowdsourcing

2006, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for crowdsourcing

crowd entry 2 + outsourcing, gerund of outsource

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“Crowdsourcing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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