Open Distributed Science is an approach how to do Science that might be more appropriate for the forming world (dynamic, flexible, multidisciplinary, socially intensive, had great potency for establishment of hi-tech small and medium size enterprises). We are on the edge of post-industrial revolution (there were Neolithic revolution and industrial revolution) and every single model for agriculture, engineering, eduction, or science is very important.
Every domain requires certain skill, and the absolute majority of the Crowd would not be useful in all stages of the research project life cycles. That however does not mean that the Crowd would be totally useless. Different perspectives can initiate very interesting insights. There are several aspects of the research that does not require a low of specialized knowledge/skill/equipment.