OldWeather is a Zooniverse project that recruits regular people to go through old WW1-era Royal Navy ship logs to draw out weather observations and plug that into a historical weather database. It’s necessary for humans to do this, because computers have a hard time processing handwritten script.
Grammy award winner and song composer, Imogen Heap’s latest project supports environment causes, through her film Love the Earth, which was created with the help of crowdsourced footage involving Mother Nature. The film, a collaboration project with social entrepreneur Thomas Ermacora, was played during Imogen’s live concert held on November 5, at Royal Albert Hall and was telecast live by Resound.
An iPhone application, Creek Watch (developed by IBM and California State Water Resources Control Board) uses crowdsourcing to monitor the health of international waterways. The crowd can inspect local waterways to check out water levels, trash, take a picture, and send it in. Creek Watch gathers the data and shares that data with water control boards, who then use that information to plan environmental programs and keep track of pollution and water issues.
An open sourced multi-player environment tool has been developed by a team at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University, in association with the University of Applied Sciences of Bremen. Betaville is a new crowdsourcing program designed to collaborate the ideas of developers, architects, engineers, builders, ad residents. Currently, Betaville features an accurate 3d depiction of New York City. People are able to access this map and propose changes by altering the city and importing new design ideas. The future of urban development may rest within this revolutionary tool.
Heralding a new era in efficient governance, the new ‘Apps for Democracy project’, empowers citizens as well as the government as it works on improved technology to solve common problems faced in D.C through the power of projects developed via crowdsourcing.
Houston based Xtreme Lashes, a cosmetic company, launched a crowdsourcing competition among trained beauty specialists, to name the company’s latest eyelash extension product, in an effective marketing strategy.
South American filmmaker Ricardo Islas and his production team are looking to the power of crowdfunding and social networking to fund their remake of the classic horror film Frankenstein. So far they have raised several thousand dollars through the fund-raising website IndieGoGo.
South African based digital marketing specialists AD: Dynamo, have come up with a new method of crowdsourcing that looks set to change people’s perceptions of collaboration and web design. The Digital Cowboys initiative has already given birth to the social networking web site Rock Me designed to attract quality artists to perform at various local venues, and with its unique mission to have fun finding new concepts and bringing them to life, Digital Cowboys looks set to revolutionize crowdsourcing.
Forbes’ Opinion Editor, Michael Noer, has put out the call. The project? “Names You Need to Know in 2011” —Forbes’ first adventure in crowdsourcing the January issue of Forbes magazine. Whose help does he need? Yours.
Elements Behavioral Health and IntheRooms recently announced they would partner together to drive a new campaign that will utilize the popularity of crowdsourcing to enhance a vibrant product already used by those who are in substance abuse recovery.