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Robin Good's insight:
JP Rangaswami highlights and defines seven key principles for effective filtering in this age of excessive information.
Two of them are of particular important to the future of information access as they may have a very deep impact on society and on our ability to be in control of how to select and find what is relevant for us.
1. Filters, of whatever kind, should be user-driven and not publisher-driven.
2. Filters should be interchangeable, exchangeable, even tradeable
"What we don’t know is how to solve a much bigger problem: what to do when there are filters at publisher level. Once you allow this, the first thing that happens is that an entry point is created for bad actors to impose some form of censorship.
In some cases it will be governments, sometimes overtly, sometimes covertly; at other times it will be traditional forces of the media; it may be generals of the army or captains of industry.
The nature of the bad actor is irrelevant; what matters is that a back door has been created, one that can be used to suppress reports about a particular event/location/topic/person."
Full article: http://confusedofcalcutta.com/2014/01/03/3740/
Reading time: 5'
(via Howard Rheingold)
It's clear that content curation is increasingly being talked about as an important role for learning professionals (in the context of self-provisioned learning, scaffolding, learing environment de...
Robin Good's insight:
The thing that amazes me most when it comes to what is supposedly "news and content curation" on platforms like Scoop.it, is that some of the most popular and trafficked channels have nothing to do with curating a topic for a specific audience.
Why? Because if you look at the supposed "curation" done on these channels, it is nothing but simple and often very superficial picking and unrestrained sharing of links with absolutely no concern for checking, verifying or let alone reading what is being posted.
This is how I long lost trust for many such curators. Because they are literally doing the opposite of what a true content curator should do: vet, verify, analyze, explore, check, add, inform, contextualize and reference.
In this light, I am not actually despising their work, because without them even realizing it, they are slowly creating the best opportunity and conditions for whoever does quality curation to shine a million times brighter.
As noise-generators they provide tremendous opportunity to those who know for real how to filter noise out.
Catherine Lombardozzi writes: "Filtering is an early step in the curation process, but a critical one.
Our learners count on us to cut through the noise and find the most useful materials to support their learning.
If they find that we have collated material that is inaccurate, out-dated, or relatively useless, they’ll go back to using their own search methodologies for finding materials, and our attempts to support them will be for naught."
And I must holeheartedly agree with her about the importance for curators, to be true, effective filters.
In this article, she offers some valuable guidelines and suggestions to help anyone interested in curation and in learning how to become an effective filter.
(Image credit: Polarizing filter - Shutterstock)
In issue 3 of PwC’s Tech Forecast there is a great video illustrating what is going to change in the near future when it comes to finding the right information.
"The Navigational phase of online information is just now emerging.
Within three to five years, finding more of the information we need--not to mention opportunities for more effective collaboration--will become possible. Social tools will help."
The animated video explains how making network and interest-based connections more visible will allow easier and more effective filtering and navigation of information spaces in the near future.
Robin Good's insight:
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
Lingspot is an enterprise level content curation platform capable of automatic content aggregation, filtering and in-depth content editing.
The Lingspot platform is made up by two key components:
The Editor, which makes it easy even for the non-technical publisher to turn the curated content streams into complete self-updating pages. More info: http://corp.lingospot.com/products/algorithmicpublishing/editor/
a) Through a variety of third party relationships, Lingospot can aggregate topic-targeted multimedia, including photos and videos from professional sources (such as the Associated Press, Bloomberg, NBC, CBS, Forbes, etc.), as well as user generated photos and video, such as from Flickr and YouTube.
b) Whether it's books on Amazon or auction items on eBay, Lingospot can aggregate product information related to a specific topic. This topic-specific merchandise can be purchased by your readers with only a few clicks.
c) Lingospot allows your readers to initiate a conversation about a specific topic on the page where you are aggregating content about the topic. This turns every Topic page created by Lingospot into a micro community, where readers can connect with other readers interested in that topic.
Key features and tech specifications: http://corp.lingospot.com/products/algorithmicpublishing/specs/
Case studies and examples and examples of companies using Lingospot: http://corp.lingospot.com/customers/casestudies/
Pricing: a basic account starts at $500/month.
See more info here: http://corp.lingospot.com/products/algorithmicpublishing/pricing/
Find out more: http://corp.lingospot.com/products/algorithmicpublishing/
(Reviewed by Robin Good)