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Robin Good's insight:
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.
"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.
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
Favebucket is the assistant that helps you save, recollect and share your favorites online.
Robin Good's insight:
Favebucket is a web app which allows you to easily clip any web page, video or content and to organize according to categories (buckets) and tags.
An integrated bookmarklet makes it easy to clip any content on any web page, while suggesting relevant tags and the option to add each item to a bucket (collection).
Individual contents saved with Favebucket can be easily shared on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
Organization of tags and buckets, search and navigation are extremely effective.
In addition Favebucket is readying a series of utilities to import your bookmarks from other services. The first one supported is soon-to-be-closed Clipboard.com.
My comments: Navigation and search through the tags and buckets system is extremely effective and speedy allowing easy grouping and finding of related items.
The major limitation is that buckets (collections of items) cannot be easily embedded on another site or published publicly at a unique URL.
Good for private curation and bookmarking work.
Free to use.
More info: http://favebucket.com/
Robin Good: Thanks to the guys behind Mind42 and SimpleMeet.me who created a new kind of collection, gathering and curation space, that looks like at first, as an infinite cork board on which you can stick anything.
"Each board is an infinite space which resembles a virtual cork board - hence the default cork background, but other backgrounds are available.
On these boards, items can be put.
Currently Spaaze offers 7 different items:
These items can be edited in place, moved via drag and drop and positioned freely on the board.
To add some structure to the board it's possible to "remember" certain points (around which items have been placed) by creating hotspots (e.g. one per topic of a bookmark collection)."
Spaaze is also a collaborative service, allowing board owners to invite others to collaborate and contribute to any specific board.
Spaaze works across all browsers (IE7+, FF4+, Safari4+, Chrome) and on the iPad too.
The basic service is free, but to use it without any kind of limitation it requires buying credit points or activating a very inexpensive ($3/mo) subscription.
More info: http://www.spaaze.com/about
(Thanks to Heiko Idensen for discovering this)
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: Clipix is a Pinterest-like clipping and collection app which allows you to capture images and content from any web page and to organize it in custom visual boards.
Other key features include a "Price Drop Alert" which emails you when the price of one of the commercial products you have clipped drops and
"...For example you might have a multiboard that you call “Recipe Ideas” and inside you’d have 3 clipboards: Baking Recipes, Soup Recipes, and Health Recipes.
The easiest way to create a multiboard is by dragging one clipboard from the icon in the lower right-hand corner into another clipboard."
Video promo: http://youtu.be/4heBUKnDb-w
Try it out now: http://www.clipix.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/