Users of Android 2.3 or higher can become citizen scientists by downloading software and choosing the projects they want to power, such as fighting AIDS and finding new stars. Read this article by Elizabeth Armstrong Moore on CNET News.
Eighty-six percent of physicians said they are interested in using mobile technology to access electronic health records, 83% said they would like to prescribe medication wirelessly and 60% are interested in using mobile technology to communicate...
Florin Iorganda's insight:
Not about volunteering, but about mobile usage in medicine.
NABUUR where online volunteers (Neighbours) are matched to and linked with Local Communities (Villages) in developing countries. Villages formulate projects to address local issues. Together, the Neighbours find solutions.
Although this is not directly related to our topic, I scoop because it is visiting the basic principle of micro-tasks: everything is a sum of small tasks that have a given chronology and reward the achiever.
he problem many academics and cartographers have with Google, and MapMaker specifically though, is that while the data is collected by and the rendered maps are now available to the “common man,” the raw data is still controlled by the company itself. Google, one of the modern-day wielders of power, operates a fairly closed system when it comes to sharing geospatial data — even the stuff it hasn’t bought — meaning that it’s not freely available for people to use it to create their own maps or products, even if they’re for non-commercial use.
No matter how much ‘busy’ we might seem with our lives, we always find some time for something good, something that reins in positivity in our lives and a gives a meaning to it. And what if we can do something with the skills we possess?
Tech in Asia Lend An Eye App Lends Your Vision to The Blind Tech in Asia It also makes micro-volunteering a much easier task, so people would still be able to do some good during the pockets of free time that they have, without having too much time...
Crowd-sourcing is a somewhat loaded term, particularly when it comes to impact and public engagement. When Jeff Howe coined it in his 2006 Wired article, The Rise of Crowdsourcing, he was drawing a conscious parallel with the concept of out-sourcing, moving essential tasks in the manufacturing and service industries from costly European and US labour markets to ones in the Far East, India etc. And in those early days, crowd-sourcing was very much about furthering the aims of for-profit business: design competitions, distributed production, micro-tasks that anyone could perform as long as they had the time, the inclination and enthusiasm and, very likely, access to the Internet. As Daren C. Brabham called it, crowd-sourcing was ‘an online, distributed problem-solving and production model’. (...) - by Stuart Dunn, LSE blog "Impact of Social Science", March 21, 2013
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