Summary: Social media model for enabling public involvement and recruitment in participation. Use of social media to collect feedback and recruit volunteer subjects.

Top Publications

  1. Silberzahn R, Uhlmann E. Crowdsourced research: Many hands make tight work. Nature. 2015;526:189-91 pubmed publisher
  2. McAndrew T, Guseva E, Bagrow J. Reply & Supply: Efficient crowdsourcing when workers do more than answer questions. PLoS ONE. 2017;12:e0182662 pubmed publisher
    b>Crowdsourcing works by distributing many small tasks to large numbers of workers, yet the true potential of crowdsourcing lies in workers doing more than performing simple tasks-they can apply their experience and creativity to provide ..
  3. Blaskovich M, Butler M, Cooper M. Polishing the tarnished silver bullet: the quest for new antibiotics. Essays Biochem. 2017;61:103-114 pubmed publisher
    ..The question remains as to how to achieve this goal. This review will examine the different strategies being applied to discover new antibiotics. ..
  4. Khare R, Burger J, Aberdeen J, Tresner Kirsch D, Corrales T, Hirchman L, et al. Scaling drug indication curation through crowdsourcing. Database (Oxford). 2015;2015: pubmed publisher
    ..In this study, we aim to investigate the feasibility of scaling drug indication annotation through a crowdsourcing technique where an unknown network of workers can be recruited through the technical environment of Amazon ..
  5. Boutros P, Ewing A, Ellrott K, Norman T, Dang K, Hu Y, et al. Global optimization of somatic variant identification in cancer genomes with a global community challenge. Nat Genet. 2014;46:318-319 pubmed publisher
  6. Zhang P, Cao W, Obradovic Z. Learning by aggregating experts and filtering novices: a solution to crowdsourcing problems in bioinformatics. BMC Bioinformatics. 2013;14 Suppl 12:S5 pubmed publisher
    ..In addition, the proposed method can provide further characterization of each annotator that can help in developing more accurate classifiers by identifying the most competent annotators for each data instance. ..
  7. Gura T. Citizen science: amateur experts. Nature. 2013;496:259-61 pubmed
  8. Thomas E, Valdivia J, Alcázar Caicedo C, Quaedvlieg J, Wadt L, Corvera R. NTFP harvesters as citizen scientists: Validating traditional and crowdsourced knowledge on seed production of Brazil nut trees in the Peruvian Amazon. PLoS ONE. 2017;12:e0183743 pubmed publisher
    ..Productivity estimates might even be sourced from harvesters through registers on an annual basis, thus allowing a more cost-efficient and robust monitoring of productivity levels...
  9. Kahlon M, Yuan L, Gologorskaya O, Johnston S. Crowdsourcing the CTSA innovation mission. Clin Transl Sci. 2014;7:89-92 pubmed publisher

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  1. Khare R, Good B, Leaman R, Su A, Lu Z. Crowdsourcing in biomedicine: challenges and opportunities. Brief Bioinform. 2016;17:23-32 pubmed publisher
    The use of crowdsourcing to solve important but complex problems in biomedical and clinical sciences is growing and encompasses a wide variety of approaches...
  2. Genevsky A, Yoon C, Knutson B. When Brain Beats Behavior: Neuroforecasting Crowdfunding Outcomes. J Neurosci. 2017;37:8625-8634 pubmed publisher
  3. Correll M, Gleicher M. Error Bars Considered Harmful: Exploring Alternate Encodings for Mean and Error. IEEE Trans Vis Comput Graph. 2014;20:2142-51 pubmed publisher
    ..We suggest the use of gradient plots (which use transparency to encode uncertainty) and violin plots (which use width) as better alternatives for inferential tasks than bar charts with error bars. ..
  4. Alexander N, Palczewski K. Crowd sourcing difficult problems in protein science. Protein Sci. 2017;26:2118-2125 pubmed publisher
    ..Designing engaging volunteer computing projects is challenging but can result in high-quality solutions. Here, we highlight four examples. ..
  5. Balanovsky O, Gurianov V, Zaporozhchenko V, Balaganskaya O, Urasin V, Zhabagin M, et al. Phylogeography of human Y-chromosome haplogroup Q3-L275 from an academic/citizen science collaboration. BMC Evol Biol. 2017;17:18 pubmed publisher
  6. Matthews G, Thiruvathukal G, Luetkemeier M, Brophy J. Examining the use of Amazon's Mechanical Turk for edge extraction of the occlusal surface of fossilized bovid teeth. PLoS ONE. 2017;12:e0179757 pubmed publisher
    ..The results suggest that crowdsourcing the digitization process is reliable and replicable...
  7. Baldassano S, Brinkmann B, UNG H, Blevins T, Conrad E, Leyde K, et al. Crowdsourcing seizure detection: algorithm development and validation on human implanted device recordings. Brain. 2017;140:1680-1691 pubmed publisher
    ..The success of this competition demonstrates how sharing code and high quality data results in the creation of powerful translational tools with significant potential to impact patient care. ..
  8. Butler D. When Google got flu wrong. Nature. 2013;494:155-6 pubmed publisher
  9. Yank V, Agarwal S, Loftus P, Asch S, Rehkopf D. Crowdsourced Health Data: Comparability to a US National Survey, 2013-2015. Am J Public Health. 2017;107:1283-1289 pubmed publisher
    ..Using the world's largest crowdsourcing platform in 2015, we collected data on characteristics known to influence cardiovascular disease risk and ..
  10. Morris V, Amlung M, Kaplan B, Reed D, Petker T, MacKillop J. Using crowdsourcing to examine behavioral economic measures of alcohol value and proportionate alcohol reinforcement. Exp Clin Psychopharmacol. 2017;25:314-321 pubmed publisher
    Online crowdsourcing websites such as Amazon's Mechanical Turk (MTurk) are increasingly being used in addictions research...
  11. Talikka M, Bukharov N, Hayes W, Hofmann Apitius M, Alexopoulos L, Peitsch M, et al. Novel approaches to develop community-built biological network models for potential drug discovery. Expert Opin Drug Discov. 2017;12:849-857 pubmed publisher
    ..b>Crowdsourcing can be employed to guarantee the accuracy and transparency of the biological content underlining the tools ..
  12. Aungst H, Fishman J, McGowan M. Participatory Genomic Research: Ethical Issues from the Bottom Up to the Top Down. Annu Rev Genomics Hum Genet. 2017;18:357-367 pubmed publisher
    ..With foundations as varied as open science, crowdsourcing, patient advocacy, social media, the digitization of health, and the neoliberalization of academic research, a ..
  13. Jestico B, Nelson T, Potter J, Winters M. Multiuse trail intersection safety analysis: A crowdsourced data perspective. Accid Anal Prev. 2017;103:65-71 pubmed publisher
  14. Candido dos Reis F, Lynn S, Ali H, Eccles D, Hanby A, Provenzano E, et al. Crowdsourcing the General Public for Large Scale Molecular Pathology Studies in Cancer. EBioMedicine. 2015;2:681-9 pubmed publisher
    ..7 (95% CI 4.1 to 10.9) years of follow-up for ER scored by pathologists. Crowdsourcing of the general public to classify cancer pathology data for research is viable, engages the public and ..
  15. Mazzaferro D, Wes A, Naran S, Pearl R, Bartlett S, Taylor J. Orthognathic Surgery Has a Significant Effect on Perceived Personality Traits and Emotional Expressions. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2017;140:971-981 pubmed publisher
    ..The authors used's Mechanical Turk (MTurk), a crowdsourcing tool, to determine how preoperative and postoperative images of orthognathic surgery patients were perceived ..
  16. Di Pasquale A, McCann R, Maire N. Assessing the population coverage of a health demographic surveillance system using satellite imagery and crowd-sourcing. PLoS ONE. 2017;12:e0183661 pubmed publisher
  17. Williams H, McOwan P. The magic words: Using computers to uncover mental associations for use in magic trick design. PLoS ONE. 2017;12:e0181877 pubmed publisher
    ..A new trick is developed and evaluated: a physical card trick partially designed by a computational system configured to search for and explore conceptual spaces readily understood by spectators. ..
  18. Kittrie E, Atienza A, Kiley R, Carr D, MacFarlane A, PAI V, et al. Developing international open science collaborations: Funder reflections on the Open Science Prize. PLoS Biol. 2017;15:e2002617 pubmed publisher
    The Open Science Prize was established with the following objectives: first, to encourage the crowdsourcing of open data to make breakthroughs that are of biomedical significance; second, to illustrate that funders can indeed work ..
  19. Della Mea V, Maddalena E, Mizzaro S, Machin P, Beltrami C. Preliminary results from a crowdsourcing experiment in immunohistochemistry. Diagn Pathol. 2014;9 Suppl 1:S6 pubmed publisher
    b>Crowdsourcing, i.e...
  20. Plenge R, Greenberg J, Mangravite L, Derry J, Stahl E, Coenen M, et al. Crowdsourcing genetic prediction of clinical utility in the Rheumatoid Arthritis Responder Challenge. Nat Genet. 2013;45:468-9 pubmed publisher
  21. Richardson D, Volkow N, KWAN M, Kaplan R, Goodchild M, Croyle R. Medicine. Spatial turn in health research. Science. 2013;339:1390-2 pubmed publisher