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Content Curation World
What a Content Curator Needs To Know: How, Tools, Issues and Strategy
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April 28, 2015 5:52 AM!

Beyond Google SERPs. Human Curated Answers Serve Better Those Who Want To Know More: Wonder

Beyond Google SERPs. Human Curated Answers Serve Better Those Who Want To Know More: Wonder | Content Curation World |

"Inquiry that desires a deeper understanding and multiple points of view."

Robin Good's insight:

"Wonder was built to bring human-centric guidance back to the pursuit of knowledge on the web."

in other words: "Away from algorithmically sorted lists of links, and back to human-guided curation, evaluation and advice for those who don't need just a store address on a map".

Wonder is a new free web service which touts to be your online personal research assistant. Behind its minimalist website there's a crew of human beings that actually goes out to gather and bring back to you valuable answers and resources to your questions.

How does it work?

You just register via FB, Twitter or with your own email and then you are presented with a very simple screen in which you are asked "what are you wondering"?

You type in a question, and within a very reasonable amount of time (in my cases, in always less than 30 minutes) you receive a hand written email answer by a person with a first and last name. Not only. The person provides you also with multiple links to relevant resources that can help you find out and discover more about the topic of your interest.

Why it's relevant: Independently of the quality of the results that Wonder may initially bring to you, this new service highlights a growing trend toward trusted guides, expert curators of information, and their human voice and away from algorithmically sorted list of results like Google offers.

P.S.: In my initial tests a reply for a very specific question in one of my areas of expertise didn't bring back particularly valuable or useful suggestions as this knowledge would require an expert in the field, but less specialistic questions brought back useful responses written in a very human-style and supported by very high-quality relevant links and resources.

Here is one such question - answer as an example for you:

My Research Request:
How can I trust the answers provided by those behind Wonder if I know nothing about who they are?

Mike Smith reply:
Let me assure you, I am no robot. The resources curated by Wonder are compiled and collated by real human beings (such as myself) who take the time to sort through the vast amount of information available on the web.

I view the task of the Wonder researcher as being rather similar to that of your local librarian. And any good librarian isn't going to tell you how to think: they will present you with what knowledge and information they have available and arrange it in such a way that you must come to your own conclusion. Do you demand the librarian's credentials? Do you peruse their degrees and certifications? No, because her/his credentials lie in the quality of the work they have laid before you. Even if you detect bias or prejudice in what has been presented to you, then the curator's task has already been accomplished: you have assessed, for yourself, the quality of the information you have encountered and have honed your critical faculties that much more.

View Research

- Content curation (i.e. Wonder) is similar to consulting a librarian for literature on a particular subject

- Content curators (e.g. librarians) have empirically improved critical thinking skills in students

- Content curators (e.g. librarians) are tasked with fostering critical thinking in the evaluation of information sources

This is the future in preview.

Try it out and see what you think of it.

Free to use.

Try it out now: 

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August 11, 2013 11:30 AM!

User-Curated Search Engine Allows Creation of Custom Collaborative Search Spaces: zResearch

User-Curated Search Engine Allows Creation of Custom Collaborative Search Spaces: zResearch | Content Curation World |
Robin Good's insight:

zResearch is a curated, collaborative next-generation search engine, allowing great customization and filtering of results, clustering and auto-categorization, some truly stunning alternative data visualization options, and the ability to collaboratively curated and organize search results into multi-level collections.

Once you are registered inside zResearch you can start immediately to curate your own "search spaces" in which you can save both any relevant results as well as any web page you run into on the web, by using the dedicated bookmarklet.

Within a search space you can create as many folders as you like and multiple search sapces can be joined into "groups". 

zResearch offers two alternative ways to visualize results in  visual clusters. One is a treemap-like display and the other is a circular diagram which make it very easy to see at a glance the forest(s) from the trees. Navigating among such different forests is extremely fast and easy and doesn't require a reload of the page.

zResearch offers also the opportunity to invite other individuals to collaborate and contribute to a specific "search space" or "group", to make a search space private, or public, accessible by anyone and even embeddable elsewhere.

In this fashion subject matter experts, trainers and guides can set up and maintain specific custom re-search spaces that can be used by anyone out there.

zResearch offers also "alerts", which can monitor specific topics and keywords for you, and can search across texts, images, video, educational materials, books, products, the deep web and custom repositories.

My comment: zResearch, brainchild of an already effective curated search engine named SearchTeam, is a truly effective, easy-to-use and useful search engine, which puts the re-searcher in fully in the drivers seat.

The set of categorization, editing and search curation features is from my viewpoint very good and using zResearch to create a reference search space for other people interested in a topic is extremely valuable.

I highly recommend zResearch to anyone interested in following, monitoring and maintaining an effective reference catalog of categorized info on any topic.

Free to use during Beta.

Try it out now:

More info on how to use it:


Search space example I created:

Video tutorials:

*Added to the "Search Curation" section of the Supermap of Content Curation Tools.

Pricing: Sundar Kadayam, in response to a timely request by Marjolein Hoekstra has sent me this additional info about the cost of the service. His message reads like this:

"...we are providing tailored versions of Zakta to enterprise clients to meet their specific needs.  

However, we are also working towards a major upgrade as well as a formal launch of the zResearch app this fall.
Towards that end, we are bringing together a set of subscription options for individual professionals and small teams, to complement our enterprise offerings.  
These subscription options will be aggressively priced along the lines of successful online products like Basecamp, Evernote and others.
People who are registering for a free trial of zResearch can continue to use that free trial until the subscription options are formally launched with the major product upgrade this fall.  
We will update the current zResearch site with this pricing and upgrade information shortly."

Luigi Cappel's comment, August 19, 2013 3:46 PM
Look forward to learning more about the solution for individuals
Janet Burstall's curator insight, August 27, 2013 12:59 AM

For digging deeper


Katherine Hanson's comment, August 30, 2013 10:08 AM
I completely agree, Harish - always has been, always will be
Scooped by Robin Good
April 30, 2013 6:11 PM!

Find, Collect and Organize Curated Learning Resources with Avoca Learning

Overview of how Avoca's education search engine lets students, teachers and parents search, manage and share millions of education resources and online lessons
Robin Good's insight:

The Avoca Learning platform is a web service which facilitates the finding, collection and organizing of vetted learning resources from dozens of the leading educational sites.

The platform already offers over 20,000 resources from over 35 leading education sites. In the near future new educational resources in the fields of of Language Arts/Reading, and History/Social Studies will be added.

Users can search the already vetted and curated resources and then collect and organize them into specific "albums" dedicated to specific topics.

From the official site: "The Avoca Learning Platform brings together thousands of online learning resources that students, parents and teachers can search, manage and share.

Whether you’re looking for a very specific resource for a single concept (equivalent fractions, for example) or a collection of content that’s aligned to an entire course, the Avoca Learning Platform provides a powerful curation engine to bring you the resources you need, when you need them."

"Avoca Learning helps to solve that problem by finding and indexing the best digital content, allowing users to organize and save that content, and then making it easy to share that curated content with other users."

Curated results can also be filtered by subjects, topics, resource type, media type and grade level.

Free to use.

Try it out now:

Video tutorial on how "search" works in Avoca:

How it works:

Donna Farren's curator insight, May 2, 2013 2:42 PM

Wow this is really great!

Raquel Oliveira's curator insight, May 2, 2013 2:56 PM

Ferramenta para filtrar as informações relevantes da net e aprimorar a curadoria de conteúdo para fins de estudo ! Vale a consulta .

Scooped by Robin Good
January 16, 2014 10:27 AM!

Curate and Publish Searchable Databases with freeDive

Robin Good's insight:

freeDive allows anyone to use Google spreadsheets to build searchable databases that can be personalized, curated and published online.

Key features include: 

  • Results are presented in an interactive, sortable table 
  • Wizard walks you through creating a search widget
  • Customize the interface with your filters
  • Embed code to publish anywhere 
  • Open-source

Free to use.

Built by Len De Groot and Scot Hacker

Stephen Dale's curator insight, January 17, 2014 11:28 AM

Looks like a useful - and free to use - resource for the commited data analyst/researcher.

Scooped by Robin Good
June 2, 2013 6:16 AM!

Curated Search: Blekko Groups Search Results Into Visual Categories

Curated Search: Blekko Groups Search Results Into Visual Categories | Content Curation World |

Robin Good's insight:

Curation is going to significantly affect how we search and find information about topics we know little of or that we want to learn more about.

The latest version of Blekko, a search engine which already leverages curation to organize and improve the quality of search results, has introduced "categories" inside its search page results.

In other words when you search for a specific topic, you are provided with different sets of relevant results grouped by topic and focus. Thus, if I search for "content curation" I will get a set of semantically categorized groups relevant to my selected topic, including "Top results", "Twitter", "Marketing", "Librarianship" and more.

In this way it is much easier to drill down into different "types" of results and to easily identify the type of information you are looking for.

N.B.: If you haven't seen or used Blekko before, do register and login to see  the type of features, that while still primitive and a bit nerdy in their present implementation, I think are going to drive the new type of search engines we are likely to see emerge in the near future.

Free to use.

Try it now:

To register:


Tutorial - How to search with Blekko:

Susan Myburgh's curator insight, June 2, 2013 9:30 PM

Fabulous - and so useful for librarians!

Fernando Zamith's curator insight, June 3, 2013 8:27 AM

O Google já tem substituto: Blekko.

Os media sociais e a curadoria ao serviço da pesquisa (e vice-versa).

Resultados de pesquisas adaptados ao tamanho do monitor que estamos a usar e organizados por categorias de diferentes cores.

Muitos anos e muitos milhões de dólares depois, o Blekko está pronto para ser o motor de busca de referência.

Experimentem! Vale a pena!

Alejandro Tortolini's curator insight, June 3, 2013 5:11 PM

Blekko agrupa visualmente las búsquedas de contenido.

Scooped by Robin Good
August 6, 2012 3:58 AM!

Human-Curated Search and Data-Driven Comparisons: FindTheBest

Human-Curated Search and Data-Driven Comparisons: FindTheBest | Content Curation World |

Robin Good: FindTheBest is a good example of an emerging wave of alternatives search engines, not based exclusively on algorithms but also on curated human selection and review. 

" is a hybrid search engine — a combination of data-sifting algorithms and human curators.

The humans define the categories, design how information is presented and determine what ingredients of comparison — or attributes — are most meaningful to users."

(Source: NYTimes Blogs)

FindTheBest specializes in bringing together data-driven comparisons of products and services ranging from web conferencig tools to colleges, law schools, cars or jet skis, created by collecting this information not only from public databases, manufacturer websites and expert sources, including individual contributors, by manually reviewing and checking all content before publishing it.

My comment: the more the "curation" of this comparison data will be "endorsed" by true reputable, industry-independent experts, willing to place their face and name on them, the more value this type of resource will gain. And this synergy could prove to be beneficial to both parties involved.

Try it out:

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