Using Crowdsourcing Contribution patterns for developing software solutions for rural communities

By Chun-Yuan Wang



In this new information era, accumulation knowledge at the right time and place is crucial. Nowadays we heavily depend on the right information to make informative decisions, to build up our knowledge capacity. The fact remains that some knowledge especially from the ancient people is not easily accessible thereby hardly used in decision making. Therefore is a need to preserve indigenous knowledge and make it easily accessible in our community so that cohesive decision making can be made.
Moreover the preserved knowledge will be available to the younger generation who are forgetting about their culture. Preserving indigenous knowledge involves several activities namely; gathering the knowledge, transforming the knowledge into the right format, store it in the appropriate medium, and make it accessible.
The rural traditional community members cannot solely perform all those mentioned activities e.g. transforming the knowledge into the right format, because this requires modern computing skills. People with the modern computing skills are widely found on the Internet community. This makes it difficult for these different communities (rural traditional and Internet) to collaborate in effort to preserve the traditional knowledge.
To overcome this problem this research is focusing on developing a community crowdsourcing platform (CCSP) that would harness the activities that are involved in preserving indigenous knowledge. The platform will allow the traditional community members to make requests of transforming the knowledge into the right format to the crowd on the Internet. It is important to understand the characteristics or patterns in crowdsourcing so that they could be incorporated into the development of the platform.

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