Crowdsourcing involves a large group of dispersed participants contributing or producing goods or services—including ideas, voting, micro-tasks, and finances—for payment or as volunteers. Contemporary crowdsourcing often involves digital platforms to attract and divide work between participants to achieve a cumulative result, however, it may not always be an online activity and there are various historical examples of crowdsourcing. The word crowdsourcing is a portmanteau of "crowd" and "outsourcing". In contrast to outsourcing, crowdsourcing usually involves less-specific, more public groups.Advantages of using crowdsourcing may include improved costs, speed, quality, flexibility, scalability, or diversity. Common crowdsourcing methods include competitions, virtual labour markets, open online collaboration and data donation. Some forms of crowdsourcing, such as in "idea competitions" or "innovation contests" provide ways for organizations to learn beyond the "base of minds" provided by their employees (e.g. LEGO Ideas). Commercial platforms such as Amazon Mechanical Turk, match microtasks submitted by requesters to workers who perform them. Not-for-profit organizations have used crowdsourcing to develop common goods (e.g. Wikipedia).
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