Nichesourcing: Harnessing the Power of Crowds of Experts

  • Victor de Boer
  • Michiel Hildebrand
  • Lora Aroyo
  • Pieter De Leenheer
  • Chris Dijkshoorn
  • Binyam Tesfa
  • Guus Schreiber
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-33876-2_3

Volume 7603 of the book series Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS)
Cite this paper as:
de Boer V. et al. (2012) Nichesourcing: Harnessing the Power of Crowds of Experts. In: ten Teije A. et al. (eds) Knowledge Engineering and Knowledge Management. EKAW 2012. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 7603. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg

Abstract

In this position paper we identify nichesourcing, a specific form of human-based computation that harnesses the computational efforts from niche groups rather than the “faceless crowd”. We claim that nichesourcing combine the strengths of the crowd with those of professionals, optimizing the result of human-based computation for certain tasks. We illustrate our claim using scenarios in two domains: cultural heritage and regreening in Africa. The contribution of this paper is to provide a definition of the main characteristics of nichesourcing as a natural extension of crowdsourcing and to outline research challenges for realizing nichesourcing applications.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Victor de Boer
    • 1
  • Michiel Hildebrand
    • 1
  • Lora Aroyo
    • 1
  • Pieter De Leenheer
    • 1
    • 2
  • Chris Dijkshoorn
    • 1
  • Binyam Tesfa
    • 1
  • Guus Schreiber
    • 1
  1. 1.The Network Institute, Dep. of Computer ScienceVU UniversityAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Collibra nv/saBrusselsBelgium