ABOUT THE CROWD-SOURCED BIORESEARCH WORKSHOP
What is Crowd-Sourced Research?
A new method of collecting data is growing in popularity in major industries and that is crowd-sourcing. Crowd-sourcing is the practice of engaging a large group of people in an activity, task, or project for the purpose of collecting new information or perspectives. Crowd-sourcing utilizes a large collection of participants from diverse backgrounds to provide their own insights and promotes collaboration among participants.
A major issue in the world of biology research is the time it takes to collect data in the lab and produce meaningful results towards a hypothesis. The benefit of using crowdsourcing for research is that useful data can be collected at a faster rate and multiple perspectives researching could lead to new innovative discoveries or followup questions for further research. Crowd-sourced research might prove to be revolutionary in obtaining critical data for research and could be further expanded to more intensive immunology research in the future.