Crowdsourcing Government? Here it comes

Crowdsourcing can be used in everything from customer service to tagging data to microvolunteering to generating useful ideas.At Governing | Sunlight, Scott Stadum highlights a half-dozen projects already underway that use the collective efforts of citizens to accomplish challenging tasks, from identifying historical photos at the Library of Congress, to redesigning the website of the U.S. Congress’s House Committee on Ways and Means.

Stadum calls crowdsourcing “an invaluable tool for producing fresh ideas quickly and inexpensively. […] With the right combination of platform and project we can tap the wisdom and creativity of the crowd to bring good ideas to fruition.”

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