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Import, Filter, Visualise And Publish Any Spreadsheet Online: Silk

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Silk is a web tool to publish online spreadsheet-based data on a specific topic.


The service, which just released a new version of its offering, allows to easily convert any existing data-set into professional-looking data displays, charts, grids, and lists that can be embedded on any site and which can be viewed in multiple ways.


The value of Silk is specifically in making it easy and immediate for anyone to elegantly display and publish data sets in one of several alternative formats which include:

  • Table 
  • List
  • Grid 
  • Mosaic
  • Groups
  • Bars
  • Map
  • Donut
  • Line
  • Pie
  • Scatter
  • Stacks 


How it works: Import a table from Excel, Google Sheets or any .csv file, select the fields you want to import and Silk does the rest offering you tools to filter, edit and select your preferred visualization approach.  


You can also create data sets and displays from scratch inside Silk, and set each Silk either as public or private.



Why it is relevant for content curators: Silk provides a unique and powerful opportunity to leverage existing data and information assets, spreadsheets and databases and to convert them into highly legible and visually impactful data displays on a very specific topic. 


My evaluation: Paired with the power of Kimonolabs or Import.io to convert any website or page content into a spreadsheet, it offers great potential in creating value by providing multiple professional formats to display, present and interact with such data.
Great tool for curating data-based information assets.
 


Free forever for public Silks of up to 3000 pages.

Try it out now: https://www.silk.co/ 


Video tutorials: https://www.silk.co/product 




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Grouptech21's curator insight, March 10, 2016 3:54 PM



Silk is a web tool to publish online spreadsheet-based data on a specific topic.


The service, which just released a new version of its offering, allows to easily convert any existing data-set into professional-looking data displays, charts, grids, and lists that can be embedded on any site and which can be viewed in multiple ways.


The value of Silk is specifically in making it easy and immediate for anyone to elegantly display and publish data sets in one of several alternative formats which include:

Table ListGrid MosaicGroupsBarsMapDonutLinePieScatterStacks 


How it works: Import a table from Excel, Google Sheets or any .csv file, select the fields you want to import and Silk does the rest offering you tools to filter, edit and select your preferred visualization approach.  


You can also create data sets and displays from scratch inside Silk, and set each Silk either as public or private.



Why it is relevant for content curators: Silk provides a unique and powerful opportunity to leverage existing data and information assets, spreadsheets and databases and to convert them into highly legible and visually impactful data displays on a very specific topic. 


My evaluation: Paired with the power of Kimonolabs or Import.io to convert any website or page content into a spreadsheet, it offers great potential in creating value by providing multiple professional formats to display, present and interact with such data.
Great tool for curating data-based information assets.
 


Free forever for public Silks of up to 3000 pages.

Try it out now: https://www.silk.co/ ;


Video tutorials: https://www.silk.co/product ;




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Journalistic Mindmap Helps Curate Context Around a Story: Mattermap

Journalistic Mindmap Helps Curate Context Around a Story: Mattermap | Content Curation World | Scoop.it



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Visualizing context is likely one of the new key challenges for journalists, reporters and news curators alike. Showing both the macro and micro level of an information space, making it easy to see both the forest and the trees is not an easy task.


Mattermap is a new tool that allows journalists to tell a story visually without having to be straight-jacketed into a linear, top-down news column as we always see.


To show different viewpoints, references and alternative sources for a news story, a mindmap style approach can provide an excellent communication approach.


"For more than two years, Ter Doest and Van Rijkswijk worked on a visual infographic that would facilitate the gathering of background information and particular viewpoints about chosen topics. The goal was to make information gathering and consumption easier.


The Dutch Stimuleringfonds voor de Pers granted the two a subsidy as they felt Mattermap could help the reader – who often doesn’t follow debates about certain topics from the beginning – be able to grasp topics more easily and more rapidly. Readers would be encouraged to form an own opinion.


The result is a bright, straightforward journalistic mindmap. The Mattermap creator puts the central issue in a big circle surrounded by boxes with different ideas or perspectives about that issue. Big black lines lead to clouds with quotes, videos and research results that support or illustrate the specific viewpoints.


In a glimpse, one can see various perspectives on a topic. In a Mattermap about the new Dutch King Willem-Alexander, for example: who likes him, who does not and why. In another Mattermap, relevant arguments on whether the Arab Spring has been fruitful or a flop, are clustered.


Interestingly, in every cloud, one can add hyperlinks and relevant information about the person referred to, therefore providing context."


(Source: http://www.ejc.net/magazine/article/mattermap_Enables_Context_Curation/)


Free to use. (available only in Dutch)


Intro video (in Dutch): http://youtu.be/e5wHYH4NNRg

Getting Started in English: https://www.mattermap.nl/meer-weten/2013/03/27/quickstart-in-english/


More info: https://www.mattermap.nl/



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David Sallinen (WAN-IFRA)'s comment, September 29, 2013 3:14 PM
Excellent ;-)
Javier Antonio Bellina's curator insight, April 26, 2014 11:20 AM

¡Mapas mentales en acción!

TeresaSiluar's curator insight, April 27, 2014 11:28 AM

Uso de mapas mentales en la curación de contenidos.