The iResponse project developed and studied social responsible ICT-based crowdsourcing tools for environmental research and decision-making processes based on citizen participation and engagement (crowdsourcing).
Crowdsourcing is the process of getting ideas, data and / or services from a large group of people, and especially from an online community and through information and communication technologies (ICTs). Crowdsourcing techniques are now being used by companies, organizations, governments, and research institutes, that seek to gather new knowledge and participation from online contributors. Crowdsourcing can be helpful for e.g. data collection, co-creation of ideas and solutions, and performing certain specific jobs.
In iResponse, we looked at social responsible crowdsourcing for urban environmental research and decision-making. Contextual local knowledge is critical for sustainable and inclusive urban development. Crowdsourcing can play a role in processes to produce, use, exchange, and monitor contextual knowledge and co-creating plans and solutions for urban environments.