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Knowledge Centre on Crowdsourcing

The Knowledge Centre on Crowdsourcing is an online collection of resources on the potential and challenges of crowdsourcing generally as an e-participation method used worldwide and more specifically as a means of enhancing democratic engagement in the EU. Crowdsourcing can be a complementary tool to existing frameworks in order to expand the number of contributors to EU policy-making, remove potential barriers to participation and “engage the unengaged” throughout Europe.

The Knowledge Centre aims to assist civil society campaigners, researchers, analysts, academics, advisors, policy makers and interested citizens navigate through the large amount of information available in a user-friendly manner.

At present, the Knowledge Centre on Crowdsourcing offers easy access to original research, case studies, evaluations, papers, issue briefs, toolkits and so forth. Other topics related to e-democracy will be gradually added over time.

  • A new Deliberative-Collaborative e-Democracy model is emerging worldwide and crowdsourcing legislation is a part of it. It can contribute to a more open and inclusive form of policy-making by involving citizens through the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
  • The definition of crowdsourcing provided by Brabham (2008) is: “an online, distributed, problem-solving and production model that leverages the collective intelligence of online communities to serve specific organisational goals”
  • ECAS is part of the EUCROWD project led by Institute for Electronic Participation  (INePA) and in collaboration with Democratic Society, Stichting Netwerk Democratie, Science for You (SciFY),, Open Ministry and Démocratie Ouverte

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