The way in which we produce goods and provide services as a society is changing. We are no longer just consumers, we create videos, music, art, software, hardware, and much more, because the digital era has empowered us to do so. It’s easier than ever before to be a producer. So why can’t we also apply this pattern on how we research?
Crowdcrafting is a crowdsourcing, citizen science or microtasking platform developed by us, Scifabric, and powered by PYBOSSA, our open source technology. Crowdsourcing involves breaking up a project into lots of small, well-defined tasks that many different people complete, allowing the analysis of large data sets by many people in a short period of time, which is both cost effective and efficient, producing results of the same quality in line with traditional research projects. Crowdcrafting provides open source tools that anyone - professional researchers and/or citizens, can use to set up research projects, define (micro) tasks and collect/analyze/enrich lots of data. It is a free and open source alternative to existing citizen science platforms: it is a ‘bottom-up’ (as opposed to a ‘top-down’) approach that connects people directly to the research process.
Crowdcrafting was born at a hackathon in Cape Town, South Africa, in 2011. In partnership with our key collaborators, such as CERN, United Nations (UNITAR), and the University of Geneva, we have reached out to and inspired many people to get involved in research. On our Crowdcrafting server, researchers or citizens can create a research project within a matter of minutes without having to develop a single line of code since we provide the templates and tools that will help them kick start a project in minutes. This simplified process ensures that while it is easy to create a project and replicate the scientific method, it contains all the principles of good science: open source code, open data and open science.
Scifabric (ES/UK) is a Spanish, UK-based company that develops technologies for the creation of platforms to collect, analyze, and enrich data. These international research projects explore the use of crowd-based methodologies. We have participated in humanitarian works by preventing the spread of malaria in Africa and managed aid in the Philippines after Typhoon Pablo. We have also collaborated in the research against cancer, recovered a huge collection of archaeological finds from the Bronze Age, studied light pollution from space, and how gravity affects antimatter, to name a few of the possibilities that our platform offers. All these projects are developed with our PYBOSSA technology, and all the data is open and available to anyone. scifabric.com, pybossa.com.
Founder & CEO: Daniel Lombraña (ES)
Marketing & Content: Clara Sánchez-Puga (ES)
Senior Developer: Marvin Reimer (DE)
UX/UI Designers: Álvaro Suarez Pérez (ES), Jorge Correa (ES)
Business Development: Mar Ramis (ES)
Communications: James Doherty (UK)