Collective Intelligence through Citizen Participation

Echo Chamber Project Receives A $55,000 Grant | Echo Chamber Project
Kent Bye wrote:
Tapping into collective intelligence is achieved by aggregating context and meaning on video segment sound bites through the mechanism of “user-contributed metadata” (i.e. credibility ratings, quality ratings, free tagging categorization and organizing video segments into playlist sequences). The end result a rich body of links and associations between the facts and subjective judgments that is used to aggregate contextual knowledge from the participants. There are many practical examples from technology firms that aggregate individual judgments into collective decisions — Amazon.com book recommendations, eBay trust and reputation systems, the link citation analysis built into Google’s PageRank algorithm, and the front-page voting system of Digg.com. The Echo Chamber Project will be combining some of these technological mechanisms within a journalistic context by using the collection of interview video segments.

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