Approach For Investigating Crowdfunding Campaigns With Platform Data: Case Indiegogo

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  • Jukka Huhtamäki
  • Lester Lasrado
  • Karan Menon
  • Hannu Kärkkäinen
  • Jari Jussila
Crowdfunding via the internet is a relatively new phenomenon in research and gaining momentum currently. While taking a data-driven approach into investigating the properties and dynamics of crowdfunding campaigns would allow the use of computational social science in investigations on crowdfunding, existing data-driven research on crowdfunding remains very limited. This is particularly true on the level of individual funder data. In this study, we contribute to the empirical body of knowledge on crowdfunding by introducing Indiegogo as a data source and, more specifically, the development and implementation of a crawler and scraper for accessing Indiegogo campaign data, and sharing this openly for other researchers. Due to the extremely dynamic and rapidly increasing amount of crowdfunding data in terms of the number of crowdfunding campaigns and the available investment and individual investor data, we believe our approach is useful for supporting public and open data-driven research, instead of providing merely a static data set.

Publication information

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 19th International Academic Mindtrek Conference : Academic MindTrek '15
EditorsMarkku Turunen
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication date2015
ISBN (Print)978145039483
StatePublished - 2015
Event19th Academic Mindtrek Conference 2015 - Solo Sokos Hotel, Tampere, Finland
Duration: 22 Sep 201524 Sep 2015
Conference number: 19


Conference19th Academic Mindtrek Conference 2015
LocationSolo Sokos Hotel

    Research areas

  • Crowdfunding, Data extraction, Indiegogo, Entrepreneur, Crawling, Scraping, Computational social science

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