Does crowd-sourcing work: InnoCentive and c,mm,n

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Bringing home the bees by tastybit via FlickrCrowd Sourcing is in

Courtesy of the new coalition government, crowd-sourcing is in.  I must say I haven’t used any of the government’s crowd-sourcing facilities.  I’ve just watched the chatter, and in some cases squealing, on Twitter.

But because it is a topic of the moment, I’m going to add links to crowd-sourcing elsewhere in the world.

InnoCentive

Innoventive is an open-source website for scientists.  Normally, firms like Procter & Gamble offer a bounty or prize for the best solution to a problem.

The news of the moment is that Innocentive called on scientists to figure out how to manage the spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

After some initial interest,  BP declined to engage with scientists though Innocentive.  I have no first hand knowledge of this so see the link for more and let me know, please, if this article is wildly out.

c,mm,n

c,mm,n is the world’s first open-source car.  Apparently, the specs are in Dutch.  I haven’t looked because I doubt I would understand the specs.

On the face of it, it seems odd that we can design a car but not fix an oil spill.  Would the car go, do you think?

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