Crowdsourcing the English Language
Last week, the Collins Dictionary announced the first batch of crowdsourced words that its editors are adding to its website. Among the 86 newly-added words is a familiar one to our readers: crowdfunding.
Zooniverse Designates This Month 'Citizen Science September'
Zooniverse declared this month Citizen Science September. As part of the initiative, the organization is launching new projects and improving existing ones. Zooniverse has revamped its Galaxy Zoo project and introduced Seafloor Explorer, which asks users locate underwater creatures.
Homicide Watch D.C. Crowdfunds a Student Crime Reporting Lab
Homicide Watch D.C. is a community-oriented news site that covers violent crime in the nation’s capital. We talk to editor Laura Amico about her work and a recently-successful Kickstarter campaign that will power the site for the upcoming year.
Kickstarter Campaign Over, Where to Buy the Product?
Marketplaces for crowdfunded projects have recently begun to pop up, meaning you can get your hands on the latest gadgets even if they are no longer asking for funding and taking pre-orders. One new such site is Outgrow.me.
Maroon 5 Crowdsourcing ‘Daylight’ Video
The band has asked fans to submit videos related to a range of topics. The project’s call to action outlines which themes the video director is looking for, including: “Film yourself forgiving someone for what they did,” “Film someone or yourself upset or crying,” “Film yourself talk about why you are in jail.”
Citizinvestor Launches in Philadelphia
The platform works by pairing up with municipalities and raising money for projects that have been approved by the local government but hadn’t been able to find funding to carry out the plans.