Crowdsourcing applications for public health

Daren C. Brabham, Kurt M. Ribisl, Thomas R. Kirchner, Jay M. Bernhardt

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Crowdsourcing is an online, distributed, problem-solving, and production model that uses the collective intelligence of networked communities for specific purposes. Although its use has benefited many sectors of society, it has yet to be fully realized as a method for improving public health. This paper defines the core components of crowdsourcing and proposes a framework for understanding the potential utility of crowdsourcing in the domain of public health. Four discrete crowdsourcing approaches are described (knowledge discovery and management; distributed human intelligence tasking; broadcast search; and peer-vetted creative production types) and a number of potential applications for crowdsourcing for public health science and practice are enumerated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)179-187
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican journal of preventive medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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