UC Irvine Researchers Receive Grant to Study ‘Crowdprogramming’

As part of the grant work, the UC Irvine team plans to create a publicly available platform for crowdfunding called CrowdCode, a tool set designed to address the intricacies of crowd programming.

by News Staff / July 29, 2014

 Two researchers from the University of California at Irvine have received a $1.4 million grant to study “crowdprogramming,” according to a university announcement.

 
Informatics professor André van der Hoek and postdoctoral scholar Thomas LaToza propose to use the four-year National Science Foundation grant to conduct research into whether crowdprogramming can be achieved and, if so, in what form, under what conditions, and with what benefits and drawbacks.
 
Crowdsourcing – using the work contributions of many, geographically separated people to solve complex problems and big projects – has been used successfully in other realms, including cancer research, road repair and funding production of movies and video games. Crowdprogramming applies the same principle to computer coding.
 
As part of the grant work, the UC Irvine team plans to create a publicly available platform for crowdfunding called CrowdCode, a tool set designed to address the intricacies of crowd programming.
 
It remains to be seen how and if crowdfunding differs fundamentally from open source software, which relies on a corps of volunteer to improve code. That’s freely available to the public.
 
This story was originally published by TechWire