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Robin Good's insight:
GEDB, the Global Education Database, is a great and extremely useful curated collection of the best apps, web tools, gadgets and moocs now available online for educational purposes.
Anyone can register to GEDB and submit any valuable resource or tool by filling out the dedicated form.
Submissions are reviewed for factual accuracy and integrity and approved and published within 24 hours. Readers and contributors can in turn rate the review and share it online.
This is a great educational resource, simple to consult and well organized. A treasure trove of qualified resources for anyone wanting to teach and learn with new technologies.
Free to use.
Try it out now: http://www.gedb.org/
Robin Good's insight:
Gaurav Mishra does an excellent job in explaining and illustrating in greater depth the concepts and ideas introduced in his presentation: Future of Crowdsourcing: Creation to Curation, Search to Synthesis, Content to Things.
The key axiom in the article is that crowdsourcing is slowly shifting:
a) in terms of input: from creation to curation,
b) in terms of output: from search to synthesis, and
c) in terms of focus: from content to things.
For example when it comes to input, we are moving from crowdsourcing platforms that helped us to create logos or simple graphic designs to new services that will actually curate for us the best design candidates to take into consideration.
A great enlightnening example of this shift, can be seen by looking at one of the many excellent resources listed in this article: ImageBrief, an online service which connects creatives with photographers, who themselves handpick images from their hard disks to match the criteria listed in the submitted creative briefs.
My comment: Gaurav comprehensive vision and ability to spot relevant shifts and trends is not only uncanny, but also systematic. No matter which article or presentation you look at in his collection you can be sure to find something always of value.
Excellent. Insightful. Resourceful. 9/10
Full article: http://gauravonomics.com/future-crowdsourcing-trends/
Tony Karrer wrote this post on September 7, 2011 - I find it extremely relevant and am interested in looking at the possibility of curators collaborating on content around a specific topic and how that might evolve in the future.
I had the priviledge of listening to Clay Shirky today talk about harvesting collective wisdom and the implications of that. There are no accidents as this piece seems to be exploring an aspect of this subject.
Tony is reacting to a blog post he read, Ville Kilkku titled: Klout, Triberr, paper.li, and the future of content curation. He has some very good observations, too many to list but I've highlighted a few things to set the tone for the article.
Three Major Trends in Curation
**From individual content curators to crowdsourced content curation: Individuals cannot keep up with the pace of new content, even though they have better discovery tools than before.
**Crowdsourcing can, although it is not suitable for promoting radical new ideas: the dictatorship of the masses is unavoidably conservative.
**From manual to semi-automated content curation: Individual content curators are forced to automate as much of the process as possible in order to stay relevant.
**From content curation to people curation: When there is too much content, you vet the content creators, manually or automatically. Those who pass get exposure for all of their content.
****How do these trends interact? This is particularly interesting to me and it will be fascinating to watch this evolve.
****Social networking of the content creator is vitally important in order to create an audience as isolated content becomes increasingly difficult to discover and
****curation focuses on people instead of individual content.
**Build it, and they will come, is dead.
Curated by JanLGordon covering "Content Curation, Social Media & Beyond"
"iLook.TV crowdsources TV channels, TV programs and TV commercials."
Robin Good's insight:
iLook.TV lets you curate custom TV channels distributable via smartphone compatible apps that act as pay-TV like subscription channels.
The channels are commercial and can include or accept advertising requests thus providing a monetization opportunity for channel curators.
iLook.TV is made up of two components:
1) iLook.TV website where you create your channels
2) iLook.TV ChannelApp for ditributing your custom channel
In a Channel you can add / syndicate video clips and submit TV commercials to the iLook.TV system.
The ChannelApp is instead a mobile app that can be fully utilized by Channel subscribers as Program Guide for your channel as well as a TV remote to watch specific video content on their connected large TV screens. The ChannelApp can be branded, configured and submitted to the Apple App Store.
ILOOKTV supports three methods of monetization: subscription, pay-per-view, and TV commercials.
Revenues are collected by iLook.TV from subscriptions, PPV and commercials and are automatically shared with Channel owners.
The cost to own a Channel is $100 per year.
N.B.: Channel owners also need to pay the standard $100 Apple Developer fee when they submit the ChannelApp to the Apple App Store.
Promising concept. Rough implementation.
For more info: http://www.ilook.tv/
How it works: http://www.ilook.tv/how-it-works.html
Robin Good: Bestvendor is a new web service which allows you to search, find and discover useful apps for whatever interest you may have.
Inside Best Vendor it is possible to create a "curated" list of apps dedicated to a specific use, or a collection of complementary tools to do a certain job. Here is an example: http://www.bestvendor.com/lists/how-i-manage-my-retail-business
Free to use.
Recommended apps by categories:
Video trailer: http://youtu.be/zh25P2P70W4
Try it out now: http://www.bestvendor.com/