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Asian firms well-poised for internal crowdsourcing. The high uptake of mobile devices and social media among Asian workers mean companies in the region are well-positioned to carry out crowdsourcing internally to make better business decisions.

Asian firms well-poised for internal crowdsourcing

Clear and firm strategies and rules are necessary to ensure the process does not devolve into a hindrance though, industry watchers say. Scott Stewart, research director at ITNewcom, said crowdsourcing shares certain similarities with the rise in mobility in that it is user-driven and a casual experience built on short bursts of attention, social incentives, and rapid yet varied feedback.

These aspects get people "hooked" on the experience without them even realizing, he said. Given Asia's preoccupation with smartphones and tablets and how mobility fuels social networking, Stewart expects crowdsourcing will see considerable uptake among companies in Asia-Pacific. Crowdsourced map shows China's pollution hotspots.

A crowdsourced mapping project, called Danger Maps, indicates pollution hotspots in China and is now expanding to cover other themes such as missing people and child abuse.

Crowdsourced map shows China's pollution hotspots

According to Bloomberg on Thursday, the Web site was started by netizen Liu Chunlei last year, to enable others to look up sites such as toxic-waste treatment facilities, oil refineries and power plants. Liu has also plotted about 6,000 pollution sources based on government data and user input on Baidu Map--China's version of Google Maps. The site taps on the knowledge of China's 564 million Internet users to draw attention to environmental risks. Specifically, the site Usahidi.com, created in 2008 to track post-election violence in Kenya and Web sites tracking radiation after the Fukishima nuclear disasters inspired Liu's move. Ushahidi. Welcome to the Ushahidi wiki! - Community Wiki - Ushahidi. Ushahidi & Crowdmap "Classic" Our free, open source, downloadable, flagship product, the Ushahidi platform, and the hosted version of it, Crowdmap "Classic.

Welcome to the Ushahidi wiki! - Community Wiki - Ushahidi

" Read the complete documentation for both of these products here. "New" Crowdmap In May of 2013 Crowdmap will become it's own product, allowing users a different means of mapping their world and their work. We're rolling out the documentation for the launch; check out what we have so far here.