How crowdsourcing came about
The term “crowdsourcing” was coined by Jeff Howe, who coined it in 2006. Then he, together with the publisher Mark Robinson, published an article in which he described the principle of crowdsourcing and gave examples. In this article, crowdsourcing was compared to outsourcing to a greater extent, and emphasis was placed on their differences: outsourcing is based on the implementation of certain tasks by specialists for a monetary reward, and crowdsourcing involves the performance of work mainly by amateurs and without any kind of monetary payment (or purely symbolic).
Crowdsourcing was first used by I Stock Photo, which has become one of the most successful photo banks in history. Continue reading