"The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) has just announced a new funding opportunity for research on crowdsourced reasoning. CREATE (Crowdsourcing Evidence, Argumentation, Thinking and Evaluation) is soliciting proposals from interdisciplinary research teams.
The basic idea is to extend crowdsourcing beyond its traditional applications. Whereas Wikipedia and prediction markets use the power of crowds to consolidate information and produce forecasts, CREATE will link crowdsourcing to structured techniques in order to improve reasoning about complex analytic issues. The resulting methods are expected to have value not just for intelligence analysis but also for science, law, and policy--in fact, any domain where people must think their way through complex questions.