More than Crowdsourcing
Among the 5 cases, I’m very interested in the “Brian Lehrer Show.” How does it make an impact on listeners and how does the result of the project show to us?
First of all, there is a problem of sampling. I found this article “Demystifying Crowdsourcing: An Introduction to Non-Probability Sampling” deployed that though it’s not representative to the whole population, but it’s an cost-efficient way to collect data, which decrease the time and effort to gather all the information. In the case of counting SUV numbers, it does save a lot of effort to build the map, but there is still a doubt that is the result representative enough. However, the drawback of crowdsourcing is sampling.
Second, does the credibility of crowdsourcing be an issue or crowdsourcing can gain credibility? As I looking through comments posted by listeners, I can’t help to doubt that “are these numbers reported being true?” I mean, it is easily for users to mess around, because there aren’t any proof to justify my reporting right? MENG conducted a survey in 2007, “shows companies effectively using crowdsourcing for real-world innovation.” The result showed that “80% of executives considered crowdsourcing was probable that opportunities exist to source this expertise from business and knowledge networks”, and it showed a great interest if these executives that using crowdsourcing to enhence their Research and Development. They had certain expectations to the data that crowdsourcing produced, and “84 percent rating this information as valuable or highly valuable.”
Third, as Muthukumarasway mentioned in the article that “audience attraction is a happy consequence” of crowdsourcing, how does it work? I found an article reported that the Netflix Prize attracted more than 50,000 teams join the contest they held. The contest was all about beating their existing movie prediction system- CinematchSM. I believe one of the reasons why there are so many participants in the contest is because of its Grand Prize– $1,000,000 (USD) Cash. However, the Brain Lehrer Show did not provide such rich prize; there were still an amount of participants. It showed the power of crowdsourcing, even without prize, people still participate!
Muthukumarasway put the Brain Lehrer Show into the category of Wisdom of Crowds in General-interest Reporting by Recruiting a General Audience. I think it’s suitable and appropriate, and it’s also a good example of crowdsourcing. Though it’s a very “simple” crowdsourcing case, it still has the general concept of an aggregate of people who are in the virtual reality world contributing something all together in order to get the answer of the question, no matter the answer is right or wrong.