Fostering Collaboration by Location-Based Crowdsourcing

  • Christine Bauer
  • Andreas Mladenow
  • Christine Strauss
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8683)


Crowdsourcing is a recently developed method that relies on various alternatives of collaboration to solve problems efficiently. Crowdsourcing is a recent development to solve a variety of problems efficiently, and which implies various alternatives of collaboration. However, as novel technologies are able to exploit location-sensing capabilities of mobile devices, location-based crowdsourcing (LBCS) developed as a new concept. This paper suggests a typology for LBCS as a means for fostering collaboration with the crowd through three types of LBCS: confirmation-based, digital good-based, and physical-based. Each type is underpinned with exemplary applications. Furthermore, opportunities and challenges are analysed; and future trends in LBCS are discussed.


Location-based Crowdsourcing LBCS Collaboration Collaborative Crowdsourcing Time-dependency Location-dependency Typology Social Communities Mobile Crowdsourcing Applications 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christine Bauer
    • 1
  • Andreas Mladenow
    • 2
  • Christine Strauss
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Information Systems & OperationsVienna University of Economics and BusinessViennaAustria
  2. 2.Department of eBusinessUniversity of ViennaViennaAustria

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