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Robin Good's insight:
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".
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.
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.
Free to use.
Try it out now or request an invite: https://mammothhq.com/
Find out more: https://mammothhq.com/how_to
More video clips: https://www.youtube.com/user/MammothSupport/videos
Robin Good's insight:
Listal is a free web service and a vibrant community of movies and book lovers, who are provided with the tools to collect, rate and comment their favorite films and readings.
Key features include:
My comment: Excellent free tool to curate your favorite videos, films, books, music or electronic games. Recommended for anyone serious about creating and sharing this type of information.
Free to use.
Try it out now: http://www.listal.com/
Robin Good: In the overall effort to improve the quality of its search engine result pages Google is continuining to make significant improvements to its search engine.
Google is now officially goig after the gathering and curation of the best list, collections and guides on just about any topic.
It’s quite challenging to pull these lists automatically from the web. But we’re now beginning to do just that.
So when you search for [california lighthouses], [hurricanes in 2008] or [famous female astronomers], we’ll show you a list of these things across the top of the page. And by combining our Knowledge Graph with the collective wisdom of the web, we can even provide more subjective lists like [best action movies of the 2000s] or [things to do in paris]."
Very interesting. 8/10
Read more about it: http://googleblog.blogspot.it/2012/08/building-search-engine-of-future-one.html
Robin Good: Connexions is a place to view and share educational material made of small knowledge chunks called modules that can be organized as courses, books, reports, etc.
From the official site:
"Lenses enable both organizations and individuals to give their stamps of approval to content in the repository, allowing for user-driven quality control of modules and collections.
Through these lenses, users can provide their own tags and comments for items in the repository. Lenses can also be used as "bookmarks" within the repository to keep track of related or otherwise interesting content."
More info: http://cnx.org/
Robin Good: It's true, when you create a "curated" collection, it's generally done in one of two possible approaches:
a) the "sprint", where due to time-sensitive issues lots of elevant items are collected in a short period of time.
b) the "marathon", where relevant collection items are slowly but steadily collected over time.
This short article on the Bundlr blog acknowledges this typical behavior, as well as identifying some relevant examples and characteristics.
Robin Good: Surfmark is a new content curation service introducing some innovative and forward-looking features.
Surfmark in fact provides not only standard capabilities to easily capture, collect and organize content from any web page, but it adds intelligently alternative display formats to allow the exploration of such collections in multiple ways.
Another key innovative feature of Surfmark is its ability to generate bibliographies and summaries of content collections.
Surfmark allows social collaborative curation, history of all edits made, and the ability to share publicly or keep a collection private.
Collections can be downloaded in PDF or text formats and all pages saved in a collection are fully preserved with all the formatting and links intact so that you can refer back to exactly what you saw.
Free to use.
Try out and more info: http://www.surfmark.com/
(thanks to Ana Cristina Pratas for discovering this)
Robin Good's insight:
Introducing content curation to someone who doesn't know anything about it is not always an easy task.
There are so many different articles, opinions, definitions and recommendations about content curation that it is quite difficult for someone just getting familiar with the topic, to easily find out where to start and what to trust.
To help out anyone needing to support the explanation of content curation to others, here are five comprehensive resource collections I have put together over the course of the last year.
1) Content Curation - Definitions
a collection of the best and most useful definitions
2) Content Curation - What is it? Video Intros
30+ short video clips that introduce the need,
practice and purpose of content curation
3) Content Curation Visualized
110+ infographics, visuals, illustrations and diagrams explaining what content curation is
4) Content Curation Tools Directory - Tools Directory
100+ of the best content curation tools organized
in a directory for immediate access
5) Content Curation Tools Supermap - Tools Collection
600+ content curation, discovery, filtering and publishing tools organized by categories for doing content curation
All free to use and share.
Robin Good: Facebook has introduced a new curation feature designed to allow its users to collect and organize their favorite "products" into so-called "Collections".
According to Hubspot "the new feature called 'Collections,' allows marketers to add “Want” or “Collect” buttons to news feed posts about products."
The new FB "Collections" is publicly available to everyone, and it is being tested "with 7 retail partners -- Pottery Barn, Wayfair, Victoria’s Secret, Michael Kors, Neiman Marcus, Smith Optics, and Fab.com."
(you need to go to those FB brad pages to test it).
It also seems that the feature can be activated in at least three different ways by one of these three upcoming action buttons:
a) "Want": adds the product to a Timeline section of a user's profile called “Wishlist”
b) "Collect": adds the item to a Collection called “Products”
c) "Like": a special version of the standard "Like" button that also adds the item to “Products”
N.B.: While Collections are free for business pages to use, they're only visible to the page's fans. You have to "Like" the page in order to see these types of posts.
Robin Good: Cloudscapes are collections of "clouds" about a certain topic. A "cloud" can be anything of relevance to learning and teaching clike an essay, a presentation, a resource, tool or event.
A cloudscape is therefore a user-driven collection of learning materials/resources pulled together for a specific need.
A cloudscape contains multiple elements:
1) Content - the actual text content
2) Cloudstream - tracking all the editing activities in the collection
3) Clouds - individual information objects
4) related Tweets
5) an RSS feed
6) a discussion area
Cloudworks, the platform where cloudscapes are born, is an open repository of educational and learning materials that motivates participants to share, find and discuss learning and teaching ideas.
Although the word "curation" is never used on the site or in the related documentation, this is yet another example of how the convergence of open repositories, open content and sharing platforms like this one, provide a natural and fertile ground for spontaneous curation approaches.
On this platform users can create topical learning collections by bringing together a selected set of existing content resources.
Cloudworks is developed by the Institute of Educational Technology at The Open University in the UK and it is part of the Open University Learning Design Initiative (OULDI) project.
Example of a cloudscape: http://cloudworks.ac.uk/cloudscape/view/2035
More info: http://cloudworks.ac.uk/
Robin Good: A valuable resource for anyone interested in the creation, organization and preservation of digital collections for the humanities, is this curated selection of resources and citations made available by the DH Curation Guide.
"The DH Curation Guide is a compilation of articles that address aspects of data curation in the digital humanities.
The goal of the DH Curation Guide is to direct readers to trusted resources with enough context from expert editors and the other members of the research community to indicate to how these resources might help them with their own data curation challenges."
DH Curation Guide: http://guide.dhcuration.org/index.html
Of particular interest in this collection:
by H. L. Lee.
by Lee, C. A.
by Palmer, C. L.
by NISO Framework Advisory Group
Robin Good: If you need to do research on a specific topic or need to easily collect and organize notes, web clippings and other content from the web into shareable "public" collections, you may want to consider Evernote (and in particular its Chrome extension and its Web Clipper feature).
Evernote on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/app/evernote/id406056744?mt=12
Check out the Evernote Web Clipper here: http://evernote.com/webclipper/
More info: http://evernote.com/
Robin Good: NotesCloud is a new curation service which allows you to collect, organize, and share any type of content you have into beautiful magazine-like layouts.
“Imagine a tool that is always at hand when you stumble upon or dream up something interesting,”
NotesCloud uses the metaphor of a multi-section notebook to organize snippets and notes. People can create their own hierarchies of notebooks, sections, and pages as they curate their topics.
Unlike Pinterest or Evernote, NotesCloud’s structured storage metaphor encourages some organization, so it’s not just a “shoebox” full of random clippings."
Notescloud is equipped with a set of browser-based clipping tools for Chrome, Safari, and Firefox, that make it possible to easily grab and save any content you’re looking at online with just two clicks.
The content curated and organized with NotesCloud can be accessed from tablets and smartphones as well as desktop browsers.
Free to use.
Check this video: http://www.notescloud.com/LaunchVideo
More info: http://www.notescloud.com/