What is Crowdsourcing?

Hanscom, Donald H., Jr.
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“Crowdsourcing is a participatory approach for gathering ideas, content, or services by soliciting contributions from a large group of people. During the 2017 Hurricane Season, FEMA operationalized crowdsource data from digital volunteer networks to enhance situational awareness for decision making. Specifically, volunteers crowdsourced information from online sources, including social media and other open datasets, to build curated products and maps. Volunteers reviewed satellite imagery creating more comprehensive maps and analyzed aerial imagery to assess damage. Coordination between FEMA and the crowd of digital volunteers created two-way communication to foster unity of effort. As part of the 2018 National Level Exercise FEMA stood-up the crowdsourcing coordination unit to further test and refine how crowdsourcing supports situational awareness.” – FEMA Open Innovation Crowdsourcing Civic Hacking (June 18, 2018)

Learn more about crowdsourcing and where to find additional information here: What is Crowdsourcing.