ERIC Number: EJ1011844
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Reference Count: 7
Commentary: Crowdsourcing, Foldit, and Scientific Discovery Games
Parslow, Graham R.
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, v41 n2 p116-117 Mar-Apr 2013
The web has created new possibilities for collaboration that fit under the terms crowdsourcing and human-based computation. Crowdsourcing applies when a task or problem is outsourced to an undefined public rather than a specific body. Human-based computation refers to ways that humans and computers can work together to solve problems. These two methods come together to accomplish the task of protein structure solving, given the amino acid sequence and the Foldit program. A journalistic window on what has happened is provided in this commentary.
Descriptors: Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Science Instruction, Cooperative Learning, Games, Problem Solving, Outsourcing, Internet, Computer Uses in Education
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