Really interesting, thanks​!​

I think that you would be really interested in some recent research that I have come across about crowds and citizen science.​ ​In particular I feel you may find these two emerging pieces of research very relevant:

- The Theory of Crowd Capital

http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm...

- The Contours of Crowd Capability

http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm...

Powerful stuff!