Two great examples of crowd sourcing

Yes, you could do it all by yourself, but it would take years. Imagine how long it would take – even using Google – to create the first English language dictionary today. Now imagine how long it actually took. Again, yes, you could do it all yourself, but that would not be very efficient.  Enter “crowd sourcing”.

The first recorded instance of what we now call “crowd sourcing” took place more than a century ago, when the publishers of the Oxford English Dictionary made an open call to the community for voluntary contributions to identify all words in the English language and provide example quotations of their usages for each example. The publisher received over 6 million submissions over a period of 70 years.

Fast forward into the internet information age, and such an open call could be done in as little as a day, with the proper promotion and web functionality. Crowd sourcing has come a long way since the OED, and c|d8a is happy to be a part of this growing and powerful movement.  We don’t issue “open calls”. We qualify our sources as to their experience, speed, and accuracy.  We use proven web technologies, rather than the postal system.  And we get our clients’ projects done in minutes, rather than 70 years.

This new version of crowd sourcing has been around since shortly before the term was coined in 2006. Because of near ubiquitous internet access availability and the simplicity and repetitiveness of certain tasks, crowd sourcing is having an unusual economic effect on businesses and individuals alike.

For individuals, there’s a new source of part time or full time income, and all you need is a computer with internet access.  You’d be amazed at how many tasks are out there needing to be done by someone just like you, in your spare time.

For businesses, specifically in our sector, the term “data entry” no longer needs to reside in a window-less room full of part timers or interns. Now, you securely upload the documents from which you need the data, and we take care of the rest. You gain valuable time for your valuable employees, and you don’t have to take on additional headcount to get the work done. Best of all, we get that same work done in a tiny fraction of the time.

Consider the short (37 second) video clip below from “Iron Man“. During the first 18 seconds, Iron Man demonstrates a linear work style, meaning one at a time. Just after the 0:19 mark, Iron Man confronts the problem at hand differently. He uses multiple sources to handle the five concurrent tasks, well, concurrently…all at the same time.  This demonstration is a solid visual explanation of crowd sourcing.

This is how the internet information economy changes how we get things done. It’s how we help our c|d8a clients do in minutes what use to take hours.

What do you think?