Crowdsourcing is the process of obtaining needed services, ideas, or content by soliciting contributions from a large group of people, and especially from an online community, rather than from traditional employees or suppliers. The concept of crowdsourcing is something that i honestly haven’t heard of before. But once i read the article and understood what it and the purpose of it, i started to able to see how certain websites like YouTube, Ebay, Aliexpress and Wikipedia, just to name a few, use crowdsourcing as the main concept behind their websites.
Wikipedia, for example, instead of creating an encyclopedia on their own, which would probably cost them a lot of money to hire writers and editors, they gave a crowd the ability to create the information on their own. Which resulted in Wikipedia being one of the most comprehensive encyclopedia. What i like about the concept crowdsourcing is it principle that more heads are better than one. By canvassing a large crowd of people for ideas, skills, or participation, the quality of content and idea will be superior.
On the contrary, one can say that cheap does not equal quality. Major crowdsourcing websites like Ebay and Aliexpress can be easily used to scam people. I have heard many stories from friends and family members who have purchased items from Ebay and Aliexpress and what they received was nothing like what was promoted on the website. Although they did buy the items at a cheaper price, but the quality was terrible. For example, I know someone who purchase an Iphone on Ebay, which was only about a hundred dollars difference from the retail price. After pay for the phone, the person who they brought the phone from, sent them an empty box and deleted there account after they received the money. This goes to show how risky some crowdsourcing website can be.
For the ebook project, i think that we can crowdsource to get more idea on how to make the ebook more interesting. We will probably use Youtube as one of our sources to look up some ideas.