Approach for Investigating Crowdfunding Campaigns with Platform Data: Case Indiegogo

Jukka Huhtamäki, Lester Lasrado, Karan Menon, Hannu Kärkkäinen, Jari Jussila

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    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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationAcademic MindTrek’15
    Subtitle of host publicationSeptember 22-24, 2015, Tampere, Finland
    Number of pages8
    ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-3948-3
    Publication statusPublished - 2015
    Publication typeA4 Article in conference proceedings
    EventMindtrek Conference -
    Duration: 1 Jan 1900 → …


    ConferenceMindtrek Conference
    Period1/01/00 → …


    • Crowdfunding
    • Data Extraction
    • Indiegogo
    • entrepreneur
    • crawling
    • scraping
    • computational social science

    Publication forum classification

    • Publication forum level 1


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