In 2010, the term “crowdsourcing” was not quite grown up, still just 4 years old, but already it had found the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. By accident, really.
For the previous seven years, Maryland Fishing and Boating Services had posted fisheries research biologist Keith Lockwood’s weekly Maryland Fishing Report on its website. More and more anglers were reaching out to the DNR unit, however, sending photos of their latest catches. And there was a lot of information to reckon with.
“It would almost be like a live Facebook update or a weather report,” Erik Zlokovitz, the DNR’s recreational fisheries outreach coordinator, said recently.
The digital age...