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What a Content Curator Needs To Know: How, Tools, Issues and Strategy
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Social Hubs & UGC Curation Tools To Surface and Filter Your Fans Best Content

Social Hubs & UGC Curation Tools To Surface and Filter Your Fans Best Content | Content Curation World | Scoop.it
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"Brands know that users share content. In fact, users create and share original content more than any other time in the history of civilization. And, brands understand that there’s an opportunity to surface and collect content related to the brand experiences." 


For this very purpose, a growing number of content curation tools allow brands to gather, aggregate, filter and select the most relevant and interesting content posted by their own fans.


Rebelmouse and Tint are two such examples, but there are several more "social curation" tools that can be of help on this front.


Lindsay Howard provides a short but quite useful introduction to four such tools and to their key traits and characteristics.


  1. EngageSciences
  2. Crowdtap
  3. Curalate Fanreel
  4. Pixlee Photorank 



Informative. Resourceful. 7/10



Article: http://bewelldogood.wordpress.com/2013/12/20/top-4-user-generated-content-curation-tools-for-brands/ 


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Content Curation for NGOs: Where's The Value?

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If you are a NGO or a non-profit organization, your reference point for anything that relates to effective communication online should be Beth Kanter


In the presentation / discussion she facilitated yesterday in San Francisco she illustrated the why, how and the key benefits that content curation can bring to any organization.

She writes: "Content curation can empower us to learn more and use that knowledge to get deeper impact for our nonprofit’s programs.   

We can no longer afford to get distracted by the volume of information flying past us.
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In this article she published before the event, you can find some valuable indications of how true "value" can be added to your content by adopting a "curating" perspective and what are the type of questions you should be considering to evaluate in a critical fashion the content you produce or curate. 



Full article: http://www.bethkanter.org/content-curation-2/ 


Presentation: http://www.slideshare.net/kanter/scoopit-dec-meet-up-content-curation-for-nonprofits 


Check also these related resources and links: http://bethkanter.wikispaces.com/lean-content-scoopit


Beth Kanter on Twitter: http://twitter.com/KANTER 








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Robin Good's comment, December 18, 2013 2:45 PM
Beth, that's wonderful and very useful. Thank you so much for including me in your slideshow, article and presentation, I am very honored by it. Thanks also for sharing this valuable piece of reference and for having shared the collaborative approach you have chosen during the workshop to motivate people to think more and deeper about their own curation. Thank you.
Lori Wilk's curator insight, December 20, 2013 11:15 PM

This is an excellent visual explanation of content curation, the goals, and the content curation process.

John Thomas's curator insight, February 1, 12:39 PM
Content Curation for NGOs: Where's The Value?
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The Best Free Catalog of Film Clips That Can Be Legally Shared Online: MovieClips.com

The Best Free Catalog of Film Clips That Can Be Legally Shared Online: MovieClips.com | Content Curation World | Scoop.it
MOVIECLIPS.com has movie trailers, previews, behind the scenes clips of old, new and upcoming films. Find videos of your favorite actors, actresses, scenes or watch clips of movies by producer, director or cast.
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Movieclips.com is a curated collection of the best movie clips and trailers from thousands of films tha can be re-used, edited, legally shared and embedded on any web site. 


It is possible to search or browse the huge film clips catalog via a rich number of pre-set categories ranging from actors, to directors, move title, and many more.  by a wide number of categories all of the films available 


If you are looking for a specific movie quote, Movieclips can be invaluable in finding that memorable scene that would do perfect to complement your research or communication project.


If you search for a specific theme or word (e.g.: freedom) you can get instantly a list of films that include clips that cite that theme and provides all of them for immediate access.


Any available video clip is available in most cases in both SD and HD video quality, and it is possible to "trim" it to keep only a specific segment to be republished. A simple visual editor allows you to drag clip markers to establish the start and end of the part you are interested in. 


Any clip, can be shared directly to all major social media channels or embedded in a customizable player on any web site or blog.


Moveclips also has curated a gallery of Mashups, a TOP10 of the best clips available.


From any film clip you can access a relevant link to Netflix, Amazon or iTunes to buy, rent, purchase or stream that movie.


Movieclips is available online since 2011 but it looks like it is not being updated anymore. 


No registration or login required.


Free to use.


Try it out now: http://movieclips.com/ 


See what others have to said about Movieclips: http://movieclips.com/about/press/ 


More info: http://movieclips.com/about/team/

 



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Annika McGinley's curator insight, December 19, 2013 11:45 PM

I'm always asked by academics about the copyright implications...

Lucy Beaton's curator insight, January 7, 10:58 PM

Comprehensive resource, as usual, by Robin Good.

Víctor Alarcón's curator insight, February 23, 3:10 PM

Amazing catalogue of film clips which can be shared & embedded

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Creating a Framework for What Matters and Why: Maria Popova Explains What It Means To Be a Curator

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Back in Feberuary of this year Debbie Millman has interviewed Maria Popova, the curator of Brain PickingsLiterary Jukebox and the inventor of Curator's Code.


Find out what Maria thinks curation is all about (How do we make sense of the world we through stuff and through objects - whether physical or metaphysical) and why she has become so interested in it.


Maria is a fantastic and highly prolific content curator producing three original posts and between 60 to 70 tweets a day.


Specific interview points I suggest you listen to: 


-> 24':30" for combinatorial creativity and the first recorded examples of content curation as a form authroship


-> 27':16" Curation - Do you define yourself a curator?


-> 28':00" Curators don't design, they organize


-> 28':50" What is curation


-> 29':19" Curation and pattern recognition


-> 37':45" The importance of discovery - why attribution matters



Source: http://chipkidd.com/journal/?p=4566 


Original audio interview: https://soundcloud.com/designmatters/maria-popova 

(duration: 52':07")


.MP3 audio download: https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/75217989/download?client_id=0f8fdbbaa21a9bd18210986a7dc2d72c 


More interesting interviews: Design Matters Podcast






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Therese Torris's curator insight, December 12, 2013 6:39 AM

Interesting interview about an interesting personnality

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Creating a Framework for What Matters and Why: Maria Popova Explains What It Means To Be a Curator

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A Curated Collection of Innovative Documentaries: The MIT Docubase

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The open documentary lab
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Docubase is a project of the MIT Open Documentary Lab that aims to create a collaborative, participatory community around a growing collection of innovative documentaries curated by experts and outsiders alike.


Documentaries can be searched and sorted easily in a number of ways (most recent, most viewed, alphabetical order / or as a list rather than a mosaic). The interface is slick, colorful and simple to use.


More than 140 documentaries are already available and a selected group of curators has put together a number of publicly available playlists designed aroound key themes connecting these clips. 


Playlists: http://docubase.upian.com/playlist/ 


The curators: http://docubase.upian.com/curator/ 

A fantastic resource for documentary lovers and a great example of how in an open and participatory project, curation can play a fundamental role.


Free to use.


Try it out now: http://docubase.upian.com/ 


More info: http://docubase.upian.com/about/ 


Suggest projects to be included: http://docubase.upian.com/contact/ 


Read more about it: http://opendoclab.mit.edu/docubase_conversation 


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Bettina Ascaino's curator insight, December 3, 2013 5:37 PM

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 Docubase is a project of the MIT Open Documentary Lab that aims to create a collaborative, participatory community around a growing collection of innovative documentaries curated by experts and outsiders alike.

 

Documentaries can be searched and sorted easily in a number of ways (most recent, most viewed, alphabetical order / or as a list rather than a mosaic). The interface is slick, colorful and simple to use.

 

More than 140 documentaries are already available and a selected group of curators has put together a number of publicly available playlists designed aroound key themes connecting these clips. 

 

Playlists: http://docubase.upian.com/playlist/ 

 

The curators: http://docubase.upian.com/curator/ 

 

A fantastic resource for documentary lovers and a great example of how in an open and participatory project, curation can play a fundamental role.

 

Free to use.

 

Try it out now: http://docubase.upian.com/ 

 

More info: http://docubase.upian.com/about/ 

 

Suggest projects to be included: http://docubase.upian.com/contact/ 

 

Read more about it: http://opendoclab.mit.edu/docubase_conversation 

 

#mitdocubase

 

María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, December 5, 2013 7:13 AM

Great one.

Kimberley Vico's curator insight, December 8, 2013 2:41 AM

Incredible documentaries... something for everyone...!

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Curate Your Favorite Vine and Instagram Clips Into Video Shortlists with Siz.io

Curate Your Favorite Vine and Instagram Clips Into Video Shortlists with Siz.io | Content Curation World | Scoop.it
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Siz.io is a free web app which allows you to collect your favorite video clips into thematic "shortlists".


Shortlists are organized into main categories ranging from News, to Animals, Games, Funny, Cinema, TV and more.


You can add video clips from YouTube, Vimeo, DailyMotion, Instagram, Vines and more by simply copying and pasting their URLs.


My comment: Good resource to find shortlists of curious, funny and entertaining videos. Easy-to-use. Feature request: play all clips in a shortlist as a back-to-back sequence.


Free to use.


Try it out now: http://siz.io/ 


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Organizing Resources and Maintaining Them Over Time: That's What A Curator Does - The Discipline of Organizing

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The Discipline of Organizing is a book, published by the MIT Press that offers a framework for the theory and practice of organizing anything. 
 

A short, 7-page PDF synthesizing and introducing the book main ideas has just been published as part of the latest Bulletin of the Association for Information Science and Technology (Vol.40- N.1).


The PDF, as well as the book, have been authored by Robert G. Glushko (who teaches in the School of Information at the University of California, Berkeley) and, as I mentioned, are devoted to introduce the relevance of the TDO (The Discipline of Organizing) to anyone involved in organizing and maintaining content archives or in curating any type of digital content online. 

 From the PDF:

"A set of resources is transformed by an organizing system when the resources are described or arranged to enable interactions with them.


Explicitly or by default, this transformation requires many interdependent decisions about the identities of resources; their names, descriptions and other properties; the classes, relations, structures and collections in which they participate; and the people or technologies that interact with them.


These decisions and the analysis needed to make them have been systematized in The Discipline of Organizing, recently published by MIT Press in both print and eBook formats." 


The PDF provides a good starting point to start asking the right questions needed to develop an organizing framework and to understand why they are so relevant.


"A very practical implication of teaching organizing using more generic concepts and vocabulary is that it enables students to obtain jobs with firms that might not otherwise hire them.

For example, a student who says she knows about curation can’t as easily sell her skillsto a business looking for someone to develop a business continuity plan as one who recognizes that “organizing resources and maintaining them overtime” is the skill the company wants and the one she has.
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My comment: Useful for defining an organizing framework for anyone new to doing it. Could be more pragmatic and example-rich.  6/10



Original PDF: http://www.asis.org/Bulletin/Oct-13/OctNov13_Glushko.pdf 


Book: http://www.amazon.com/The-Discipline-Organizing-Robert-Glushko/dp/0262518503 







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Gilbert Faure au nom de l'ASSIM's comment, November 24, 2013 2:01 PM
more than only rescooping, I would like to say that it is the challenge of every scientist, researcher, MD, and particularly university teacher who has to surf on waves of information. Curation, and especially scoop.it helps to keep abreast and more importantly to organize or at least to save and find again what has been collected in the cloud!
Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, November 25, 2013 1:51 PM

Love the name information architecture for what we do in libraries!

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Curate The Best Tech Answers Online with Microsoft Curah!

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Curah! is a new site focusing on curating the best tech answers available online. 


Targeted mainly at developers, the new Microsoft information portal has been designed to provide curated answers on topics ranging from high-level technology descriptions to deep technical articles covering specific problems that developers commonly face.


By exploring the home page you can already find a set of gret examples of curated answers in which a Microsoft trusted expert has collected a set of artcìicles and online resources highly relevant to a specific topic.


"We’ve developed Curah! as a way to help customers discover great technical content. Curah! has a very specific purpose: to help people searching in Bing or Google find annotated collections of great content that specifically target common user questions."


Source: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/somasegar/archive/2013/11/20/curah-curate-the-web-and-share-what-you-know.aspx 


My comment: A great example of the value that content curation can provide to customers, developers as well as to the public at large. The choice of starting the site with great examples to follow-up on is also the best possible approach to guide and train future contributors on what is expected of them. A great model for the many specialized curated answer sites that will spring up in coming years.



Free to use.


Check it out now here: http://curah.microsoft.com/ 


FAQ: http://curah.microsoft.com/32226/curah-frequently-asked-questions 







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Olinda Turner's curator insight, November 20, 2013 5:38 PM

A new site focused on providing technical answers.

Mariale Peñalosa Arguijo's curator insight, November 20, 2013 5:40 PM

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How Crowdsourced Curation Helps Sellers and Buyers Find Their Perfect Match Faster

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Here is a great example of how the spontaneous content curation efforts by individual users of a marketplace can provide significant benefits both to the marketplace sellers as well to all buyers.


On ThemeForest, which is one of the largest and best catalogues of web site themes and designs, you can find an endless number of curated collections of templates, image sets, presentation decks and others resources (like video footage or soundtracks) for publishing quality content on the web. In fact, there are so many of them that the main problem for whoever goes to shop there, is the time needed to search and find what may best fit his needs.


But thanks to a community feature called "collections", any registered user can collect and organize individual themes found on ThemeForest into individual collections which can be shared with everyone publicly (or kept private).


Here some great examples: 


The ensuing benefit for the users of the marketplace is the ability to find more rapidly valuable items within the ocean of options available.


As a consequence also whoever runs Themeforest benefits from more sales and less time spent by new buyers in finding what they are looking for.


But there's more.


Since ThemeForest is part of a larger network of design resources that includes video assets (VideoHive), graphic resources (Graphic River), design apps (CodeCanyon) and several others, the collections can and do often include assets coming from the other sites of the network facilitating serendpitous discovery for buyers of other useful products.


Finally, individual merchants selling on the Envato network can curate their own collections showcasing their best work according to specific uses and applications.


A great example of how curation can significantly help online sales in situations where there is a very large number of products or services on sale.


Check it out now: http://themeforest.net/collections 





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Olinda Turner's curator insight, November 20, 2013 6:09 PM

As a ThemeForest user, I totally understand how difficult is has been to find the right design from so many wonderful options. Applying curation to this process seems like a natural extension. Look forward to using the site much more in the future.

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Collect, Organize and Curate Web Content Into Visual Boards with Mammothhq

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Mammoth is a web app which allows you to easily grab, collect and organize any content you find on the web. From text, to images and video clips, can be easily dragged and dropped into the vertical sidebar widget called Mini-Mammoth and placed into different collections called "boards".

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Boards can be set to be public or private. 5 GB of free space available for every new user. For every person you refer you get an extra GB. Can invite others to collaborate with you.  

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My comment: Good tool to collect and organize stuff that you need for your own projects and interests. Differently than similar tools it offers a full text and content editor to enrich, complement and annotate boards with original stuff opening the way also to learning and educational purposes.

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Free to use.

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Try it out now or request an invite: https://mammothhq.com/ 

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Chrome extension: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/mnodmjdgoadhalodifblaaikgcfgchfb 

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Find out more: https://mammothhq.com/how_to 

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More video clips: https://www.youtube.com/user/MammothSupport/videos 

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Carlos Bisbal's curator insight, November 16, 2013 10:11 AM

Buena herramienta para recopilar y organizar todo el material que puedes necesitar para tus proyectos e intereses. A diferencia de otras herramientas similares, esta ofrece un completo editor de textos y un editor de contenido para enriquecer, complementar y hacer anotaciones con material original. También deja abierto el camino de su uso para el aprendizaje y los fines educativos . 

Anne Méner's curator insight, November 17, 2013 5:34 AM

Paraît simple à utiliser pour un premier travail de collecte d'information.

Georges Millet's curator insight, November 18, 2013 5:58 AM

If you look for new ways of curating all information you processed, an other alternative to Evernote ...

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News Monitoring and Discovery with Triggable Alerts

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Triggable is a new web abb (currently in alpha) which allows you to monitor mentions of specific people, events or topics across your favorite news and social media channels.


You select your favorite sources both from within a pre-selected pool of quality news channels as well as by adding your favorite RSS feeds.


Triggable collects relevant mentions, collects them and optionally alerts you via email.


My comment: Interesting and promising alternative to the likes of Google and Yahoo Alerts (and Talkwalker Alerts), and to the new cool kid on the block: Mention



Free to use.


Try it out now: http://www.triggable.com/ 


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Collaborative Curation and Personalization The Future of Museums: A Study Report

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This report highlights a number of key trends that will have a significant impact on the user experience and design of future collections and museums.

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Picture these scenarios:
 

  • The Victoria & Albert Museum, its collections depleted by massive repatriation, becomes a travel & tourism guide and international affairs ambassador in an increasingly globalized community
     
  • The Freud Museum, in the spirit of its namesake, becomes a provider of mental retreat and therapy (I wonder if the docents will be licensed psychoanalysis?)

These, according to the 40-page report Museums in a Digital Age” from Arups, may actually be some of the likely new profiles of prestigious museums 25 years from now.  


The report projects that:


"...future museums will see personalised content, new levels of sustainability and a visitor experience extended beyond present expectations of time and space."


  • A rising desire among audiences to shape their own cultural experiences (“Collaborative Curation”)
     
  • The opportunity for museum to become “curators of experiences” that extend beyond the boundaries of traditional exhibits or programs, or beyond the walls of the museum itself.


Source: http://futureofmuseums.blogspot.it/2013/11/museums-in-future-view-from-across-pond.html 

 
The idea of "collaborative curation" of museum collections by the actual users-visitors, is particularly fascinating. 

"Just as current consumer trends shift towards collaborative consumption, in the future, museums may employ new patterns of collaborative curation, allowing for individually curated experiences and giving the public greater control over both content and experience.

Increased visitor participation will allow people themselves to reinvent the museum experience, enabling content that can adapt to the preferences of users in real-time."


My comment: If you are a curator and are interested in exploring and understanding what the future of large collections and museums may look like and which forces are going to be driving such changes, this is a good report to read.


Insightful. Inspiring 8/10



Original Report: Museums in the Digital Age: 
http://www.arup.com/Publications/Museums_in_the_Digital_Age.aspx 


PDF: http://www.arup.com/~/media/Files/PDF/Publications/Research_and_whitepapers/2013_Arup_FRI_MuseumsintheDigitalAge_final_web.ashx 




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Jennifer Moss's curator insight, November 8, 2013 6:47 PM

This is like the 'Horizon Report' for museums. 

Jennifer Ryan's curator insight, November 10, 2013 5:04 PM

This is right up my alley. Looking forward to reading about trends and impacts.

Erica Bilder's curator insight, November 15, 2013 7:11 AM

I have nothing to add to Robin Good's terrific insights:

 Robin Good's insight:

 

 

Picture these scenarios:
 

The Victoria & Albert Museum, its collections depleted by massive repatriation, becomes a travel & tourism guide and international affairs ambassador in an increasingly globalized community
 The Freud Museum, in the spirit of its namesake, becomes a provider of mental retreat and therapy (I wonder if the docents will be licensed psychoanalysis?)

These, according to the 40-page report “Museums in a Digital Age” from Arups, may actually be some of the likely new profiles of prestigious museums 25 years from now.  

 

The report projects that:

 

"...future museums will see personalised content, new levels of sustainability and a visitor experience extended beyond present expectations of time and space."

 

A rising desire among audiences to shape their own cultural experiences (“Collaborative Curation”)
 The opportunity for museum to become “curators of experiences” that extend beyond the boundaries of traditional exhibits or programs, or beyond the walls of the museum itself.

 

Source: http://futureofmuseums.blogspot.it/2013/11/museums-in-future-view-from-across-pond.html ;

 The idea of "collaborative curation" of museum collections by the actual users-visitors, is particularly fascinating.  "Just as current consumer trends shift towards collaborative consumption, in the future, museums may employ new patterns of collaborative curation,allowing for individually curated experiences and giving the public greater control over both content and experience.
Increased visitor participation will allow people themselves to reinvent the museum experience, enabling content that can adapt to the preferences of users in real-time." 

 

My comment: If you are a curator and are interested in exploring and understanding what the future of large collections and museums may look like and which forces are going to be driving such changes, this is a good report to read.

 

Insightful. Inspiring 8/10



Original Report: Museums in the Digital Age: 
http://www.arup.com/Publications/Museums_in_the_Digital_Age.aspx ;

 

PDF: http://www.arup.com/~/media/Files/PDF/Publications/Research_and_whitepapers/2013_Arup_FRI_MuseumsintheDigitalAge_final_web.ashx 

 

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A Curated Collection of Daily Quotes Matched to Relevant Songs: Literary Jukebox

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Maria Popova is the author of Literary Jukebox, a fascinating collection of daily quotes from her favorite books, each one thematically matched to a song.


She writes about it: "Sometimes, the connections will be fairly obvious. Other times, they might be more esoteric and require some reflection.


Literary Jukebox is truly a work of love and a great example of how curating something you truly enjoy, can create permanent value, while providing cultural insight, an opportunity for music discovery to the reader as well as exposure and visibility to the books and music authors included.



N.B.: I encourage you to support Maria's work, as she is a brilliant and inspiring mind and her work on Brain Pickings is a clear demonstration of someone whose work benefits no big brand, advertiser or sponsor, but the likes of you and me and our ability to remain curious.  

  

Get inspired: http://literaryjukebox.brainpickings.org/ 


See also: http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2012/08/09/introducing-literary-jukebox/ 


Check out Brain Pickings on Twitter:


Consider subscribing to the email newsletter digest. Here's a sample issue on how to worry less about money, timeless advice on courage and the creative life, why going back to school is a bad idea, and more. 




 



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M. W. Catlin's curator insight, November 4, 2013 12:55 PM

Really nice way to combined a couple of my favorite things, music and literature.   

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The Future Of Content Curation Tools - Part II

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In the coming months and years, I expect content curation tools are going to play a very important role in many different fields.
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Here is Part II of my look at the future of content curation tools and at what features and facilities they are likely to introduce in the coming months and years.


While In Part I I have looked at:

  • Display formats
  • Slicing & Dicing
  • Micro - Macro
  • Recurating
  • News discovery
  • Ownership
  • Credit & Attribution


In Part II I am checking out:

  • Preservation
  • Private collections
  • Full capture abilities
  • Monetization
  • Content types begging ti be curated
  • Beyond news, articles and mood boards
  • Specialized curation tools


Here's the full story: http://www.masternewmedia.org/content-curation-tools-future-part2/ 


See also: http://www.masternewmedia.org/content-curation-tools-future-part1/ 





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Marirosa Del Po's curator insight, January 3, 12:05 PM

Seconda e ultima parte (in inglese) dell'articolo di Robin Good sugli strumenti della Content Curation.

SMOOC's curator insight, February 20, 1:27 PM

Interesting write up on content curation tools from Robin Good (pt. 2)

TeresaSiluar's curator insight, April 12, 1:29 PM

Segunda parte del artículo de Robin Good, sobre herramientas de content curation

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The Future Of Content Curation Tools - Part I

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Content curation tools are in their infancy. Nonetheless you see so many of them around, there are more new curation tools coming your way soon, with lots of new features and options.
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I have been testing and trying so many different content curation tools that I have been developing a good sense of what is needed most when it comes to searching, collecting, organizing and presenting information collections online.


In this two-part article I have outlined what I expect to be the most relevant changes and innovations that will be likely integrated in the content curation tools already available out there or that will become the key foundations for new ones that are yet to appear.


My article doesn't pretend to be a guide or a comprehensive catalogue of all the features that content curation tools should consider integrating, but simply an exploratory journey into some of the areas and features where I see a need for better support and where I expect to be surprised the most next.


Follow me in this short journey and add to the comments what are your personal expectations and needs on this front.


Full article: http://www.masternewmedia.org/content-curation-tools-future-part1/ 







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Josep A. Pérez Castelló's curator insight, February 14, 4:01 AM

Si os dedicáis a gestionar y organizar contenidos que después compartís en la red (content curator) este post recomendado por el profesor J. Salinas es fenomenal. Hay que leerlo.

SMOOC's curator insight, February 20, 1:27 PM

Interesting write up on content curation tools from Robin Good (pt. 1)

TeresaSiluar's curator insight, April 12, 1:34 PM

Artículo de Robin Good en el que habla de las posibilidades de las herramientas de content curation.

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Here's How To Hand-Curate Your Life In An Effective Way

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Bullet Journaling is a simplified manual method to organize, plan and archive all of your most important life activities, meetings and things you want to do with just pen and paper.


Forget Evernote or Asana, this is only for those who really crave for staying away from the digital tools - at least for this task - and who love to "curate" by hand their daily tasks and future activities, while maintaining a useful paper track of it all.


I am one of them.


As you can read on the Bullet Journal home page: "For the list-makers, the note-takers, the Post-It note pilots, the track-keepers, and the dabbling doodlers.


Bullet journal is for those who feel there are few platforms as powerful as the blank paper page.


It’s an analog system for the digital age that will help you organize the present, record the past, and plan for the future."


Bullet Journaling, invented by Ryder Carroll, is a way to organize on paper your personal (or professiomal) life, not a way to "curate" your life or experiences.


But it is from the keen ability to organize and put things in order that a curator can then extract and identify what has been of value and what not.  


For this reason I am looking at Bullet Journaling not jut as a way of curating your life priorities but also as a good example of the curator's best spirit and attitude:
 

  • manual
  • attentive to detail
  • capable of looking both at the individual item
    and the at the whole 
  • always updating, questioning, reviewing
  • ready to categorize on-the-fly
  • looking forward and looking back


The reference web site is a destination worth checking out. Made just of one long page, organized into sections, it offers a complete how-to manual on getting started immediately with bullet-journaling. 


Fascinating. Useful. Ingenious. 9/10


Find out more: http://www.bulletjournal.com/ 


Original video: http://youtu.be/GfRf43JTqY4 


Check this review: http://www.fastcodesign.com/3016456/this-note-taking-system-turns-you-into-an-efficiency-expert 

 

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Luis Ferreira's curator insight, December 18, 2013 11:33 AM

good

Sue Rizzello's curator insight, December 18, 2013 12:48 PM

In the beginning there was paper. In between the to do list systems and GTD platforms, there was paper. All the productive people I meet have a strong affinity with paper lists and systems, even if they play fast and loose on occasion with Evernote et al.

Could this chap have the answer? Well, I will give it a try, why don't you too. We have nothing to lose but the chaos.

Robin Martin's curator insight, January 11, 2:12 PM

Effective. Period.

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Most Important Thing in Content Curation: Adding Value - Here 14 Ways To Do It

Most Important Thing in Content Curation: Adding Value - Here 14 Ways To Do It | Content Curation World | Scoop.it
Thinking of adding value should be the first stage in curation, PKM, or any professional online sharing.
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If you are curating content, whether for the purpose of personal learning, or for creating a useful public information resource, your very first objective should be how can you add value to the existing information that you are going to work on.


Harold Jarche, does a wonderful job of explaining in simple terms what's the difference between sharing on social media, reposting or making your bookmarks public, versus the actual vetting and selection of each individual content item in light of the context and objective for which it is being curated.


The cherry on the pie from the author is an invaluable synthesis and bringing together of related items from Ross Dawson, Maria Popova and me, that allows you to scan and see at a glance 14 different ways in which you can truly add value to whichever set of information bits you are dealing with.


A great reference for anyone looking to improve the quality and value of its own curated work.



Useful. Inspiring. 8/10


Full article: http://socialmediatoday.com/hjarche/1964106/ask-what-value-you-can-add 




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Pierre Clause's curator insight, January 5, 5:07 AM

Adding value can be as small as : what touched me in this article ? what resonates for me ? any sensible way to express your P.O.V. actually !

John Thomas's curator insight, February 5, 6:27 AM

Most Important Thing in Content Curation: Adding Value - Here 14 Ways To Do It

Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, March 10, 11:53 AM

14 ways to add value when curating content

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The Ultimate YouTube Clip Finder, Collector and Trimmer: Zeeik It

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"Zeeik It" is a new bookmarklet from Zeeik, a video curation app, that allows you to easily collect and save into discrete collections all of the YouTube videos found on Twitter or on most any web page.

Once collected you can pick the ones you want and easily trim them before saving them into a curated video collection.


Zeeik video collections are a good way to create valuable content that can be embedded in any article or guide and that can be served according to multiple categories and criteria as you can see from this specific example: http://zeeik.com/zeeik/-21828800  

(click "Cool Colors" or "Warm Colors").


You can find the new Zeeik It bookmarklet on the top right of the Zeeik home page here: http://zeeik.com/ 


Free to use.


My previous review of Zeeik: http://sco.lt/7FPJXF 


More info: http://zeeik.com/ 

 

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Lydia Gracia's curator insight, November 30, 2013 3:28 AM

Zeek it est un outil dé curation de vidéos youtube. Grâce a sa bookmarklet vous pourrez créer des collections de vidéos prêtes a être insérées dans un post ou être utilisées sur d'autos supports.

Dan Aldridge's curator insight, November 30, 2013 12:36 PM

This is kind of like a ScoopIt for video curation on YouTube. More at www.Zeeik.com. Thanks for the heads from Robin Good! 

Alfred Hankell's curator insight, December 2, 2013 8:33 AM
Robin Good's insight:

 

 

"Zeeik It" is a new bookmarklet from Zeeik, a video curation app, that allows you to easily collect and save into discrete collections all of the YouTube videos found on Twitter or on most any web page. 

Once collected you can pick the ones you want and easily trim them before saving them into a curated video collection.

 

Zeeik video collections are a good way to create valuable content that can be embedded in any article or guide and that can be served according to multiple categories and criteria as you can see from this specific example:http://zeeik.com/zeeik/-21828800  ;

(click "Cool Colors" or "Warm Colors").

 

You can find the new Zeeik It bookmarklet on the top right of the Zeeik home page here: http://zeeik.com/ ;

 

Free to use.

 

My previous review of Zeeik: http://sco.lt/7FPJXF ;

 

More info: http://zeeik.com/ ;

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Future of News: Google Living Stories Still a Great Model for the News To Be

Living Stories provide a new, experimental way to consume news, developed by a partnership between Google, the New York Times, and the Washington Post. In Li...
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Google Living Stories is an experimental project by Google that showcased (over a brief period between 2009 and 2010) how technology could be used effectively to provide a new, richer and more effective way to organize, serve and present news stories online.


In the Living Stories model, each story is a stream that is continuously updated over time with new updates, additional stories, images, and other multimedia resources that are published over time. 


These are organized on the page in a way that provides maximum accessibility to the reader, allowing him to skim, explore, filter or dig in depth into any category or specific item.


Nonetheless abandoned by Google, Living Stories remains a very inspiring example of how automated news aggregation and manual curation, both required in heavy doses to achieve this type of results, could provide a truly innovative mode of producing and offering access to news information.

The greatest news of all is that Google has left the model, examples and infrastructure for using and improving upon it available to everyone for free.


"The Living Stories code is available as open-source for anyone to use on their own sites at: http://code.google.com/p/living-stories/


Must see. 9/10

Free to study, use and adopt.



More info and examples: http://livingstories.googlelabs.com/ 


WordPress plugin: https://code.google.com/p/living-stories/wiki/WordpressInstallation 










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Therese Torris's curator insight, November 27, 2013 5:19 AM

Google extends strengthens its grip on news. Goog luck to small players!

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There's No Such Thing As Unethical Content Curation: That's Cheap Content Marketing

There's No Such Thing As Unethical Content Curation: That's Cheap Content Marketing | Content Curation World | Scoop.it
Curation is nothing new, but online content curation is still in its early stages. Many content marketers are still unsure about what constitutes ethical content curation. If you're in this group, ...
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If you are curating content with the idea of saving time, posting more content and getting away with more traffic, greater visibility and ranking in Google, or if you are using some cheap content marketing tactics sold to you as "content curation" you probably don't even care whether what you are doing is "ethical" or not.


Content curation is an ethical activity by definition, as it requires you to study, analyze, dissect, find patterns and relationships and to distill, personalize and contextualize them for your readers / viewers, while fully crediting and attributing all sources and relevant references.


Everything else, and that is the majority of what is promoted and created in the name of "content curation" around the web nowadays (by the very companies producing many of these content curation tools), is not unethical. It's valueless.


There's not any such thing as unethical loving. If you love something, you do.


If you want to "curate" something, you do not go for quantity or automation.


If you are looking for insight, you don't need tools to expedite or automate. You need deep competence, personal interest and passion for that topic, as well as time to research and collect relevant info to curate.


There's no technology that can replace or augment that.


You can augment the search, the finding and collecting, but you can't automate the ability to see beyond the surface, to scan and recognize patterns or to find great parallels with other stories.


The problem in fact arises only when someone teaches or markets to you the idea that by "loving" (or by "curating") something you can get certain benefits you crave for. From that moment on your idea of "love" (or curation) will be a corrupted, wrongly conceived idea for what love is.


Pawan Deshpande, founder of Curata, illustrates in this useful article the fundamental aspects that characterize true "content curation" from other cheap content marketing techniques which work only to:

a) increase the noise,


b) dissipate your potential value


c) create opportunities for the true content curators to visibily stand out. 



Rightful. Valuable advice. 7/10



Full article: http://contentmarketinginstitute.com/2013/11/ethical-content-curation-checklist/ 


Check also: 

http://www.masternewmedia.org/what-makes-a-great-curator-great 




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Curate Visual Stories and Multimedia Itineraries with Google Tour Builder

From the Haiti earthquake to Hurricane Sandy, check out how Team Rubicon uses Tour Builder to document the disaster relief missions that have taken them arou...

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Google Tour Builder is a new web app which allows you to create visual stories that integrate maps, location pins, routes followed, texts, images and video clips into a shareable content bundle.


You simply log in with your Google account into GTB and you can start immediately building a tour by identifying specific spots on the world map and by providing additional information to build your story.


Completed tours (which are set to private by default) can be edited at any time and can be publicly shared and viewed by anyone with a web browser.


N.B.: Currently, Tour Builder requires the Google Earth plugin which is only available for Windows and Mac OS X 10.6+. While tours can't be viewed on mobile browsers, they can be accessed using the Google Earth App, which is available for Android, iPhone/iPad, and Linux.


My comment: An excellent new experimental tool from Google which can provide great benefit to those in need to showcase, present and divulge their projects, journeys, or tourism-related itineraries.  


Free to use.


Try it out now: https://tourbuilder.withgoogle.com 


FAQ: https://tourbuilder.withgoogle.com/about/faq 


Gallery of examples: https://tourbuilder.withgoogle.com/gallery# 




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catspyjamasnz's curator insight, December 5, 2013 6:27 PM

holds possibilities for education.

Intriguing Networks's curator insight, December 8, 2013 7:38 PM

Useful tools why reinvent the wheel, better to leverage?

Lila Hanft's curator insight, December 9, 2013 9:24 AM

A content creation tool with a lot of potential.

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Let Your Readers Select What They Want To Get From Your RSS Feed with SpecificFeeds

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SpecificFeeds is a free web app which allows you to provide the opportunity to your RSS readers to subscribe only to the type of news and stories they are interested into by allowing them to select tags, keywords and authors they want to read about.


You simply submit your RSS feed to SpecificFeeds and the service automatically creates a web page and an icon that you can share or publish on your website to help those that want to subscribe to your news, but who prefer to pre-select topics, tags or authors they like to see.


My comment: SpecificFeeds acts as a RSS filtering and distribution service providing a useful benefit to those using it. Just like on Twitter (until Custom Timelines) the fact that you subscribe to an author or a web magazine, doesn't mean you want to read everything she posts. SpecificFeeds helps both web publishers and readers reduce the noise and increase the signal when using RSS feeds.


Free to use.


Try it out now: http://www.specificfeeds.com/


Here is my "specific feed" that you can customize: http://www.specificfeeds.com/robin-good-sharewood-news 




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malek's curator insight, November 17, 2013 5:56 PM

Worth a try, easy to customize was my first impression

Stephen Dale's curator insight, November 18, 2013 9:11 AM

A useful app for syndicating RSS content using tags, author or keywords. Fills a gap in the market for this type of functionality (not available in Feedburner) and nice to see that some people still see RSS as a viable means of consuming information. 

Adam Donkus's curator insight, November 18, 2013 1:01 PM

Cool app

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Curate Topic-Specific News Channels on Twitter with Custom Timelines

Curate Topic-Specific News Channels on Twitter with Custom Timelines | Content Curation World | Scoop.it
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Twitter has just announced the availability of a new feature that will be gradually rolled out to all Twitter users and which allows you to create custom curated Twitter channels on any topic you want.


But you need not wait.


To start using immediately Twitter Timelines what you need to do is to head over to https://tweetdeck.twitter.com/ and to register yourself for the free web app owned by Twitter.


Once you are logged in, all you need to do is to click on the leftmost vertical icon-bar on the + sign, and then to select Create Custom Timelines from the ensuing dialog box. 


Once you have created a Custom Timeline all you need to do to populate it is to manually drag tweets from your others news/tweets gathering columns into it.


Once created in Tweetdeck any Custom Timeline is immediately visible inside Twitter at a dedicated URL and can be easily shared or embedded inside any site or blog.


My comments: The Twitter Custom Timelines feature opens up a universe of possibilities for curated news channels, and other highly specialized thematic channels. Finally there is the opportunity not to have to consume stories and news that are completely irrelevant to your interests simply because they come from someone you follow. By following highly specific custom timelines it is now possible to consume only the type of content you are truly interested into from your favorite trusted curators.



Free to use.


Try it out now: https://tweetdeck.twitter.com/ 


Check also: https://blog.twitter.com/2013/custom-timelines-in-tweetdeck 







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Stephen Dale's curator insight, November 14, 2013 12:47 PM

Hoping this facility will soon be available to use on aggregators other than Tweetdeck (which I don't use).  Looks useful, particularly for themed storytelling. #socmed #curation

Elsie Whitelock's curator insight, November 17, 2013 10:28 AM

Ise Tweetdeck? Then this is for you.

Dean Mantz's curator insight, January 1, 12:40 PM

I realize this is old news but it is still relevant and new to a large number of teachers and pre-service students.

 

I would also recommend folks to follow Robin Good's scoop.it site for a vast array of curation tools and resources. 

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Pro Social Bookmarking, Permanent Content Archival and Link-Sync with Pinboard

Pro Social Bookmarking, Permanent Content Archival and Link-Sync with Pinboard | Content Curation World | Scoop.it
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Pinboard is a social bookmarking service which allows you to easily save and organize any number of links, with no limits on text descriptions. Pinboard is characterized by having a no-frills, simple interface, by being very speedy and reliable and by being able to import, sync and export all of your links easily.


Pinboard integrates also a powerful web caching and indexing feature available to "pro" accounts ($25/year) which allows you to keep a full cached and searchable copy of any bookmark you save.


Advanced edit tagging, filtering and bundling features make it easy to oganize and find links even inside very large collections.

Links saved can be set to be public or private.


All of the bookmarks saved inside Pinboard can be easily exported in a standard file format. A set of basic APIs is also available.


You can import all your existing bookmarks from Delicious, Google Bookmarks, Diigo, Firefox, Safari, and many other sources by following the instructions on the howto page.


A very useful feature called Tab Sets allows to quickly save all of your currently open browser tabs to Pinboard having the unique advantage of being able to re-open them even if you're on another machine or in a different browser. 


N.B.: The site has a unique and now proven business model and is entirely self-funded. Ad-free.


My comment: Excellent bookmarking service for anyone in need of a no-frill, reliable and fast tool. The archiving feature is particularly valuable as well as the auto-syncing with multiple services (Instapaper, Read It Later, Twitter. Delicious).


The service has a one-time fee of around $10. 


Check it out here: https://pinboard.in/ 


*Switch from Delicious (why): https://pinboard.in/switch/ 

*must-read



Tour: https://pinboard.in/tour/ 


HowTo: https://pinboard.in/howto/ 


FAQ: http://pinboard.in/faq/ 




More info: http://pinboard.in/about/ 



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ghbrett's curator insight, November 7, 2013 8:48 AM

Thanks Robin for your usual very in depth review of the article. See below!!

ghbrett's curator insight, November 7, 2013 8:50 AM

Thank you Robin for your usual very in depth insights!  See his comments below.

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A Curated Journal of the Best Copyright-Free Contents Available Online: The Public Domain Review

A Curated Journal of the Best Copyright-Free Contents Available Online: The Public Domain Review | Content Curation World | Scoop.it
Online journal dedicated to showcasing the most interesting and unusual out-of-copyright works available on the web
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The Public Domain Review, a project of the Open Knowledge Foundation founded by Adam Green and Jonathan Gray, is a free online journal collecting and showcasing the most interesting and unique copyright-free works available on the Internet. 


The Guardian reports: "...the site and its newsletter showcase the best and quirkiest texts, images and films the internet has to offer. 


...A model of digital curation."


The mission of the PDR is to "celebrate and showcase online material which is openly licensed, and thus free for people to share and re-use for any purpose".


My comment: A treasure trove of unique, rare and valuable pieces of content organized in helpful collections. A gate to discovery of otherwise unfindable gems.



Free to use.


Check it out now: http://publicdomainreview.org/ 


More info: http://publicdomainreview.org/about/ 


Collections: http://publicdomainreview.org/the-collections/ 


Newsletter: http://publicdomainreview.org/subscribe/ 


Key content sources: http://publicdomainreview.org/sources/ 








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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, November 8, 2013 11:11 AM

Good Resource when looking for content. Thanks Robin.

Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, April 16, 2:10 AM

There is some very unusual content here. 

Susan Wegmann's curator insight, April 17, 9:57 AM

Incredible resource of hard-to-find content