Cooking Up a Crowdsourced Digitization Project that Scales If the NYPL Labs’ crowdsourced menu transcription project only whetted your appetite, now the University of Iowa Libraries is taking it to the next level with a similar project for transcribing, among other things, recipes. The libraries are launching DIY History, a new initiative that crowdsources the transcription and tagging of primary sources. The project follows on from the libraries’ first crowdsourcing experiment, the Civil War Diaries and Letters Transcription Project, which debuted in spring 2011 and transcribed over 15,000 pages of diaries and letters. DIY History offers a broader scope of materials than just the Civil War documents, including the Szathmary Culinary Manuscripts and Cookbooks digital collection, the Iowa Byington Reed Diaries from the Iowa Women’s Archives, and the Nile Kinnick Collection (correspondence and diaries belonging to the Iowan football star).
Graphic Organizers Maker Graphic Organizer Library - Over 1,150 Printables - Organizers For Everything! View All Organizers 6 Unusual Crowdsourcing Projects Here are 6 unusual projects that were crowdsourced successfully through DesignCrowd: 1. Your Very Own Beverage Label. Do you make the best brew out of anyone you know? Have you ever considered labelling it and selling it to your mates? If you want to get serious (or just give a great gift) consider labelling your very own beverage creations like this company did.
The Key Questions of Cultural Heritage Crowdsourcing Projects To sum up my series of posts on different considerations for crowdsourcing in cultural heritage projects I thought it would be helpful to lay out a set of questions to ask when developing or evaluating projects. I think if a project has good answers to each of these four genres of questions it is well on its way toward success. Four Areas of Questioning Creative Space Asked to decide what they need in order to perform more creatively, employee teams invariably include at the top of their list a stimulating space devoted to creative work. Allowed to design and furnish their own creative space, they also make excellent choices—choices confirmed by those who have designed successful creative spaces. Yes, I mean to suggest that if you want to make space for creative work, the collective wisdom within your organization already knows pretty well what you need. This article, however, will help you employ that wisdom, avoid a number of pitfalls, and save valuable time, which we all know is money.
Crowdsourcing a Better World Fixes looks at solutions to social problems and why they work. A friend who is a reader of Fixes recently told me she was often frustrated by the column. She doesn’t run a nongovernmental organization or design products to help bottom-of-the-pyramid consumers get drinkable water. Blogging Innovation "Companies are actually living organisms, not machines. We keep bringing in mechanics, when what we need are gardeners." - Peter Senge by Mitch Ditkoff Sustainable innovation, the endless effort to find a better way, cannot be achieved by robotically lining up best practices and imitating them. The real catalyzing agent for renewable innovation is the ground from which these best practices spring - the confluence of purpose, people, and processes better known as culture.
7 Crowdsourced Projects That You Can Take Part In Right Now Without even realizing it, you may have been part of a crowdsourced project. Any beta invite to a new web startup is like a crowdsourced effort. Remember, Google Image Labeler, a game that improved Google Image Search? Well, that too was a crowdsourced effort and you probably never realized it. IBM: An unbeatable model of innovation through the Ages - Innovation and Business Strategy's blog "If innovation doesn't lead a company to challenge the test of time,at least it must help to adapt to a changing business environment." Moss M.Jacques Best article on IBM 100th anniversary: USA TODAY: IBM joins elite group of 100-year-old companies By Matt Krantz and Jon Swartz A hundred years ago the company made punch cards, scales and clocks.
Importance of Storytelling to Innovation by Yann Cramer The word storytelling immediately evokes the past: "Once upon a time" is after all how traditional childhood stories (used to) begin. But for a story to become inspirational it's got not only to be deeply rooted but also to connect with what we can do now to reach a better future. Henry V inspires his men by telling them what, in the future, they will be able to tell their children about what they are going to accomplish today: "This story shall the good man teach his son [...] (And) we in it shall be remembered, we few, we happy few, we band of brothers.
A Crowdsourced Hyperlocal City Guide, Coming To You Soon DavisWiki is a hard thing to describe. It’s a blog as a blog would be written by an entire community. It’s a virtual bulletin board that’s more comprehensive than Craigslist and Patch and Yelp combined. It’s simultaneously a history repository and a live ticker of today’s news (Community alert! The U.C. Davis Police Department is searching for a man suspected of trying to kidnap a young girl on campus.) 13 Meetings Technology Predictions for 2013 - Corbin Ball Associates More specifically, Jim Spellos and I, with the assistance of QuickMobile, have developed TechSpec, a free technology site inspection app designed to help meeting planners and hoteliers assess and compare hotel technology capabilities. 5. Tiered free Wi-Fi will become available in many convention centers and hotels. The explosive use of mobile devices for attendees, meetings planners and exhibitors is making access to Wi-Fi at events a necessity, not an option. Wi-Fi has become the lifeblood of event communications! More than 60% of Twitter and Facebook postings are mobile.
Crowd-Funding For Everything Else: Pets, Health Care, College, You Name It Brad Damphousse describes GoFundMe as a "human interest goldmine," and it’s true. The "crowd-funding site for the rest of us" is, frankly, inspiring. From the 7-foot-8-inch man who raises money for more appropriate shoes, to the kid who sings his way to college, to Lucky, the tortured dog, who finds cash for vet bills, to the young woman who follows her dream of becoming a professional bobsledder: GoFundMe has it all. Kickstarter looks frivolous by comparison. "It’s people experiencing the long-tail of everyday life," says CEO Damphousse, "everything from weddings to funerals, education, youth sports, animals and pets.
Service innovation The concept of Service Innovation was first discussed in Miles (1993)  and has been developed in the past 2 decades. It is used to refer to many things. These include but not limited to: One disagreement with this definition is that there are many cases of innovations whose benefit to the customer is somewhat dubious (e.g. overseas call centers). A comprehensive definition of service innovation was proposed by Van Ark et al. (2003) : Service Innovation can be defined as "a new or considerably changed service concept, client interaction channel, service delivery system or technological concept that individually, but most likely in combination, leads to one or more (re)new(ed) service functions that are new to the firm and do change the service/good offered on the market and do require structurally new technological, human or organizational capabilities of the service organization."