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After activists raised questions about a deal the World Bank announced earlier this year with Google, the organization has announced that if it collects mapping data from everyday people, those data will be free and open to access: Through trial and error, we have learned that open and equitable access to maps is critical not only for crisis response but also for innovation and longer-term development. For this reason, the World Bank only supports citizen-mapping efforts that give users free access to the map data they create. While citizens are free to choose the projects and tools that best meet their goals, our guiding principle is simple: if the public helps to collect or create map data, the public should be able to access, use and re-use that data freely.
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Waze has proven that crowdsourced GPS navigation is viable—and it keeps getting better. At its core, Waze gives you voice-enabled GPS directions on your iOS or Android device. Best of all, it's free. It's still not perfect, but if you're willing to trade a little routing efficiency for features you can't find on other navigation apps, like real world travel times and up-to-the-minute, user-reported traffic jams, Waze is definitely worth checking out. It's a close second to Google Maps , our Editors' Choice for free GPS apps, mainly thanks to that app's superior voice prompts and overall stability. User Interface and Crowdsourcing For this review, I tested Waze 3.5.1 on a Verizon Wireless Apple iPhone 5 running iOS 6.0.2.
People around the world have been empowered by social media to take action on the issues they care about This was made clear by the Arab Spring last year, the ongoing Occupy movement and, most recently, the Kony 2012 campaign. At the heart of the campaign is a 30 minute film created by Invisible Children, Inc., aimed at making indicted Ugandan war criminal, Joseph Kony, famous in order to have to him arrested for the horrific enslavement, abuse and killing of children in Africa over the course of several decades. These bottom-up social movements have all challenged traditional top-down government structures in their own right. In fact, some might argue the traditional top-down leadership model, once so fitting for governments around the world, has been flipped on its head.
Your Friday Entrepreneur Fix this week features multi-award winning entrepreneur and self-confessed “start-up guy”, Mark Harbottle. Mark Harbottle was named Entrepreneur of the Year this week, an award this five-time entrepreneur deserves for the impressive contribution he’s made to the local start-up scene. The founder of the world’s number one crowdsourced graphic design site, 99designs , loves being involved in the starting phases of a business.
The closing down of an effort known as Expert Labs this month acted as a marker of sorts in the open government movement. Epitomizing the general ethos of the time, here was a group of Internet-famous hipster technologists and personalities who had decided to storm the barricades and focus their collective attention on helping the federal government to break out of the Beltway bubble to connect better with the public when making policy decisions. Why shouldn't the world have been excited about what kind of change they could potentially have brought about? TechPresident alumnus Nancy Scola wondered at the time in 2010 when Expert Labs was first getting going: "Can what we know in 2010 about the wisdom of crowds really improve policy making? It's an intriguing idea, but the devil is in the details." Two years and several reports later, we thought we'd try to look at how Expert Labs fared.
Drinks brand vitaminwater has joined forces with film crowdsourcing outfit Mofilm to launch the Glaceau vitaminwater Cannes Lions video contest. Creatives need to get their heads around those everyday occasions, and demonstrate how they could be made better. “Been to Cannes already?” asks Mofilm.
Researchers at the University of Southampton reckon that they can solve the US government sponsored crowdsourcing game, Tag Challenge ‘within the first hour of the competition’ if the viral effect of communicating via social media works as well as predicted. In order to win the Tag challenge, you need to have a team of social communicators located in five locations around the world who are prepared to share information in order to claim the prize. A crowdsourcing team is being assembled to solve the puzzle. It is called “CrowdScanner”, and anyone can join the group . The site is being built in collaboration with experts from University of Southampton and University of California San Diego. Dr.
Heinz Ketchup’s call for Facebook fans to share slogan ideas for its label shows that brands can boost engagement by prompting consumers to be creative. Heinz Ketchup recently asked consumers on its Facebook page to tell the brand what their Heinz Ketchup label would say if they were to create one. Directly prompting consumers to be creative, the post has received over 370 responses (at the time of writing), with consumers flocking to share their suggestions. WaveMetrix social media analysis shows that Heinz Ketchup’s post is successful in driving high levels of consumer engagement and positivity for the product and brand.
Today’s Crowdsourcing Choice: Help ProPublica Track Political Ads, or Help the Internet Trash Trayvon MartinMarch 27th, 2012 Call today a study in crowdsourcing contrasts. First, the good: public-interest news outlet ProPublica is asking citizens to help track political advertising by candidates and outside groups like SuperPACs (they need assistance because the FCC has balked at making local TV stations publish online the records of the political ads they’re running). ProPublica’s solution is to assemble an army of ad-trackers to physically go to the stations, request the documents (which must be made public, but only on paper), scan them and email them in to a central repository. A heavy lift, but they’ve already overseen a successful effort in Chicago and are hoping to build a network of spies in Wisconsin before that state’s primary election on April 3rd.
The US House has voted on the Senate's amendment to the JOBS Act, this March 27th, and the result was 380-41. This means the Act is out of congress & on the way President Obama's Desk. Why do we care here at the Daily Crowdsource? Well, the JOBS Act contains a bill that will allow investment-based crowdfunding , currently illegal in the US, & it has the crowdsourcing world all a-buzz. We last left the bill when it was passed by the senate . To recap: Some of the changes to the JOBS Act related to crowdfunding were:
“Crowdsourcing.” The word is terrible. And worse, it’s lazy.
Many companies are asking "how is the open call made to the general public?" Well, there are some established methods for the open call -- Amazon's Mechanical Turk might be one of the more public methods. But over the past few years have seen companies like + CloudFactory and + MOFILM step in and add value to the open call process.
Chevrolet Europe has selected "Zombie Ride," created by filmmaker Josh Soskin, and promoted by MOFILM, to be aired in Europe. Category: Advertising Agency News Options: Publicity Release Posted: March 27, 2012 10:00:06 EST Winning LA Filmmaker, Josh Soskin's apocalyptic work 'Zombie Ride' is to be used by car giant Chevrolet in a European-wide TV campaign for the Chevrol