Crowdsourcing typology

It was a pleasure to finally meet Daren Brabham in person at the 2013 IAP2 North America Conference (listen to my 2010 This Week in Participation interview with him on crowdsourcing in urban planning).

His IAP2 conference keynote on crowdsourcing was very useful, as expected. I particularly liked the taxonomy he shared (see image above), which differentiates between “information management problems” and “ideation problems”.

For information management problems, he further differentiates between those that aim to “locate and assemble information” and others that aim to “analyze existing information”.

For ideation problems, the question is whether one needs “a solution that is empirically true” or one that is “a matter of taste or market support”.

The presentation goes on to mention various tool choices that fit the four categories and outlines a number of possibilities how crowdsourcing of all four types might be applied in a public participation context. Download the full slides for details.

Our archives have more on the intersection of crowdsourcing and public participation, and these three posts are particularly relevant:

For public participation practitioners charged with involving publics in decision making, the one question to ask when considering crowdsourcing is how it will fit into the overall process, whether as a core decision making mechanism or in a supporting role.

By the way, Daren has a new book out with MIT Press. Check it out!