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What a Content Curator Needs To Know: How, Tools, Issues and Strategy
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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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Curate, Organize and Visualize Large Data Collections with TreeMap

Curate, Organize and Visualize Large Data Collections with TreeMap | Content Curation World | Scoop.it



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Treemap is a cross-platform treemap visualization downloadable software tool which allows you to import large data collections that are too big to visualize and easily navigate through standard display formats, and to create stunningly effective data displays based on the "treemap" format.


If you are not familiar with it, the treemap data display algorithm works by dividing the data display area "so that the area of each entry is proportional to the data values" it contains.


In addition to the classic treemap layout algorithm, TreeMap also offers additional display formats including squarified variant that harmonizes aspect ratios of the rectangles, the circular tag cloud and Voronoi layouts.


"In terms of interaction, TreeMap provides a zooming interface as well as the possibility to drill-down. Details on demand are available in the form of pop-ups whose content can be freely customized."


Data can be imported from Excel, MySQL / SQL Server / PostgreSQL / Oracle databases and there color, height, labels, relevance can be mapped to any record attribute.


30-day free trial available: http://www.treemap.com/try/


Pricing: $259 for license


N.B.: The Treemap server software ($2495 for internal use - higher rates for public use), allows you to publicly share and publish online all of your treemap visualizations.


My comment: I think that treemaps will revolutionize the way we can organize and make accessible large data sets and collections in ways that are immediately useful for the layman. I wish I could already utilize a technology like this one to organize some of my large tool collections, as however good, the present-day tools just don't cut in when you need to work with medium to large-size collections.


I look forward to lower prices and more user-friendly versions of Treemap to be released and integrated in other data curation apps. There is a fast growing market of companies and individual data curators highly interested in making sense of their data sets.



More info: http://www.treemap.com/


Features: http://www.treemap.com/features/



Free 30-day try-out: http://www.treemap.com/try/

Download (Win, OSX, Linux): http://www.treemap.com/download/


Datasets (that you can play with): http://www.treemap.com/datasets/


Documentation: http://www.treemap.com/documentation/




Check also:


Treemap Server: http://www.treemap.com/server/
Server try-out: http://www.treemap.com/server/try/


Treemap API: http://www.treemap.com/api/

API try-out: http://www.treemap.com/api/try/







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ghbrett's curator insight, July 18, 2013 9:08 AM

This is another post where I recommend that you scroll down to have a look at Robin Good's great commentary. I can not beat his for details. His Scoop.it site is: http://curation.masternewmedia.org/  Thanks Robin!

Jenifer Rettler's curator insight, July 18, 2013 10:15 AM

If you are looking for additional visualization tools for displaying data, TreeMap v. 3.0 offers a classic tree map layout as well as others, like squarified variant, circular, tag cloud and voronoi.

malek's curator insight, July 18, 2013 4:54 PM

Interesting tool, give it a try

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How To Curate Digital Collections and Aggregations | DH Curation Guide

How To Curate Digital Collections and Aggregations | DH Curation Guide | Content Curation World | Scoop.it

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:


The concept of collection from the user’s perspective

by H. L. Lee.


A framework for contextual information in digital collections

by Lee, C. A.


Thematic Research Collections

by Palmer, C. L.


A framework of guidance for building good digital collections

by NISO Framework Advisory Group



Full guide: http://guide.dhcuration.org/collections/

(Image credit: http://www.achome.co.uk/)

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Content Curation Introduction for Digital Archivists and Information Librarians

Content Curation Introduction for Digital Archivists and Information Librarians | Content Curation World | Scoop.it
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Crystal Renfro, a subject and Faculty Engagement Librarian at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia, introduces the relevance of content curation to academic librarians beyond the notions generally prescribed by Digital and Data Curation specialists. 

She highlights content curation importance and reason d'etre by explaining the goal it is trying to achieve (helping us finding what is truly relevant) and providing references both to Beth Kanter and to my own work, to help academics better appreciate the benefits of embracing content curation.


A good introduction to a new way of looking at curation for digital archive specialists and academic information librarians. 


Rightful. Informative. Good introduction. 7/10


Full article: http://www.academicpkm.org/2014/03/03/content-curation-beyond-institutional-repository-library-archives/ 


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Crystal Renfro's curator insight, March 4, 2014 7:08 AM

I really appreciate Robin Good's comments on my article from Academicpkm.org.  He says:

 

"Robin Good's insight:

 

Crystal Renfro, a subject and Faculty Engagement Librarian at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia, introduces the relevance of content curation to academic librarians beyond the notions generally prescribed by Digital and Data Curation specialists. 

She highlights content curation importance and reason d'etre by explaining the goal it is trying to achieve (helping us finding what is truly relevant) and providing references both to Beth Kanter and to my own work, to help academics better appreciate the benefits of embracing content curation.

 

A good introduction to a new way of looking at curation for digital archive specialists and academic information librarians. 

 

Rightful. Informative. Good introduction. 7/10"

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Data Curation as Digital Preservation of Documents and Electronic Artifacts: Key Reference Resources

Data Curation as Digital Preservation of Documents and Electronic Artifacts: Key Reference Resources | Content Curation World | Scoop.it

Robin Good: Data (or Digital) Curation, is an academic/scientific discipline dedicated to preserve, organize and collect digital documents and other electronic artifacts for archival, re-use and repurposing objectives.


Check: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Data_curation and

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_curation


The importance of Data Curation can be easily underestimated as it may appear, to the casual viewer, as an arid, tedious document archival job.


In reality, Digital Curation efforts are of great value to the preservation of important cultural documents and data for future researchers who will want to access, in some organized way, the data-information-artifacts of our time. In addition, the data curation practices and guidelines developed by academic and research institutions can also be of value and inspiration to other types of curation work, that may adopt, emulate or innovate upon them.

If you are interested in learning more about Data/Digital Curation and in identifying the key organizations in this space, here is a good shortlist for you, thanks to the kind work of Kevin "the Librarian" Read:




Useful. 7/10


Source: http://kevinthelibrarian.wordpress.com/2012/07/20/an-introduction-to-the-data-curation-lifecycle-model-where-do-librarians-fit-in/




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Curate Brands, Issues and Stories with Informative Data Widgets Arranged in Visual Dashboards: Sparkwise

Curate Brands, Issues and Stories with Informative Data Widgets Arranged in Visual Dashboards: Sparkwise | Content Curation World | Scoop.it

Robin Good: Sparkwise is a new, open-source free web service which allows you to assemble and curate beautiful looking data-dashboards containing the most relevant info and data about a person, a company or an issue. You choose.


How does it work. 


You simply connect your social accounts to Sparkwise and then you start to drag and configure the widget buttons representing different data types onto your page. For example you can drag a Twitter Fan Count widget and specify for which Twitter account you want that widget to display the data. There are widgets for just about anything from Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Google Analytics statistical counters to any data, image or video coming from other sources. You can even type in your own data.


You can create as many dashboard/pages as you like, and publish only the one you want, while keeping control of which widhets and data everyone gets to see.


If you want to create visual engaging story-pages with lots of data to support your focus, this is really a great tool to explore.


Recommended.


Tour: http://sparkwi.se/tour 


FAQ: http://sparkwi.se/faq 


Try it out now: http://sparkwi.se/ 

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cbrooks.empoweru's comment, June 29, 2012 11:14 AM
at first glance this seems like it could b a great resource for teachers