CROWDSOURCING – A BRIDGE BETWEEN ACADEMIA AND COMMERCE
Published: 27 Aug 2015
Abstract: Crowdsourcing is a type of participative online activity in which an individual, an institution, a non-profit organization, or company proposes to a group of individuals of varying knowledge, heterogeneity, and number, via a flexible open call, the voluntary undertaking of a task. In other words, by using the crowdsourcing it is possible to engage a large number of people, from various fields of knowledge on the development of creative solutions for the problems displayed. Within the project “UCCrowd” a web-based crowdsourcing platform is developed and put into operation. The purposes of it are to connect Higher Education Institutions with the European business. Not only current students but students who have already graduated (alumni) can register on the platform. The students can form teams and these teams must gain confirmation and be accepted by the supervising professor who must be on the same field of study. The professor will guarantee and ensure the business that the project will be completed within the fixed deadlines. The current projects which are being solved by the students can turn into diploma works and/or PhD thesis.
Keywords: crowdsourcing, online platform
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