What is Crowdsourcing?

There are a lot of explanations, most of them rather technical. Suffice to say, crowdsourcing is to operational problem solving what cloud computing is to computational resources and memory. With one difference: crowdsourcing is in the real world, while “the cloud” is in the virtual.

An example might also be useful. SaaS (software as a service) by Oracle offers software on demand. That is, rather than the typical bottom-up computing architecture—an operating system, or OS, followed by any number of software applications like Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Photoshop—cloud computing allows users to install lightweight OS systems and import applications on demand. As a result, where applications like Photoshop gobble up memory like starving dogs, users can free up space by working in the cloud.

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