Definition of crowdsource in English:



[with object]
  • Obtain (information or input into a particular task or project) by enlisting the services of a large number of people, either paid or unpaid, typically via the Internet.

    ‘she crowdsourced advice on album art and even posted an early version of the song so fans could vote for their favorite chorus’
    • ‘This app uses crowd sourced OpenStreetMap data and, as such, contains a few more errors, primarily missing traffic restrictions, compared to some others, which use commercially compiled maps.’
    • ‘Generally done using the Internet, crowdsourcing is being used for a variety of tasks in marketing, product design, development and other areas.’
    • ‘Crowdsourcing involves soliciting knowledge and expertise from the public to help find solutions to problems.’
    • ‘Some have predicted that crowdsourcing is the future of the marketing, advertising, and industrial design industries.’
    • ‘BitTorrent will crowd source ideas from its 170 million users for its new Sync program for file sharing across multiple computers.’
    • ‘The system, called GitHub, was also used to crowdsource expertise during the 2011 E. coli epidemic in Germany.’
    • ‘The process of finding and fixing bugs and security flaws is crowdsourced and far more efficient.’
    • ‘No social journalism tool would be complete without the ability to crowdsource reporting.’
    • ‘Crowdsourcing blurs the lines between what constitutes work and play.’
    • ‘Since crowdsourcing takes place through the Web, the crowd is necessarily comprised of Web users.’
    • ‘The California representative originally introduced the bill on Reddit in order to crowdsource suggestions and advice.’
    • ‘ActiveCaptain is a crowd sourced cruising guide with information about marinas and marine services.’
    • ‘The youngest users, born after 1993, crowdsource their knowledge: they look for the wisdom of their friends, networking what they know, rather than holding on to the information for themselves.’
    • ‘These data have implications for future research into crowdsourcing, particularly regarding notions of professionalism and investment in online communities.’
    • ‘Watch this project for interesting ideas on how to crowdsource information.’
    • ‘Twitter has been lauded for its capacity to crowdsource and uncover the "Truth."’
    • ‘From the looks of your latest post, you are now dabbling in crowdsourcing as well as crowdfunding.’
    • ‘IKEA could even crowdsource their next range this way before it hits the production line.’
    • ‘The main advantages of crowdsourcing for research are lower costs and access to a broader pool of information.’
    • ‘Amara has announced a new platform that allows YouTube publishers to crowdsource subtitles and translation for their published videos.’


Early 21st century: from crowd + source, after outsource.