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Robin Good's insight:
Even though Google has become very good at understanding and providing relevant results for many popular queries, many search users are getting lazy and taking those results as currency.
John Ball writes on Search Engine Land: "People don’t think, analyze, or really even understand how search works anymore. They just assume it will work and they’ll get the results they need.
This is a very real trend, and likely to continue."
And he goes on: "For example, consider Google Now — no searching required, just results you’re likely to need and can further refine. Also, consider Google Glass. Glass doesn’t even support advanced searching — it’s all short, to-the-point answers, likely based on the Knowledge Graph, which is rapidly expanding."
If you are a journalist, researcher or content curator, you are likely uninterested in such auto-selected results and prefer to dig, explore more and vet before drawing a conclusion.
To go beyond the surface of Google forcedly limited search spectrum, it is of great help to be able to use Google search modifiers. These are manual commands that you can insert in your search queries and that allow you to ask to Google to bring you the results you want in the way you want it.
If you are not familiar with these or have not been using them in a while, I do suggest to scan through them again as they can be real life-savers in many a situation.
Very useful for any good journalist, researcher or curator.
Useful. Good examples. 8/10
Robin Good's insight:
Federico Guerrini, an Italian freelance journalist is the author of a new research study done for the University of Oxford and sponsored by Thomson Reuters which analyzes the emergent use of content curation practices for journalistic use.
The research provides a good introduction to content curation, and a few excellent examples of how it has been used effectively for journalistic purposes.
Excerpt: "Without giving up their traditional skills, journalists are becoming more and more information “managers”. They are behaving like human filters which due to the absence of boundaries (i.e. space limitations, like television's airtime or newspapers’ pages) typical of the digital world, verify and add context to what user-generated content they think to be relevant, and feed it onto Web pages or mobile applications."
The paper also covers the convergence of curation and storytelling, curation tools and the opportunities that may arise for media organizations and independent professionals in the near future.
The closing sentence remarks what has also been my main concern since I have been experimenting and learning my curation approach: "...
we have to hope that these new players don't choose to fall on the wrong side of the line, taking advantage of the new possibilities offered by curation tools just to transform them into propagandistic platforms." (I read this to mean "exclusively into content marketing tools used for creating more noise".
PDF study: https://reutersinstitute.politics.ox.ac.uk/fileadmin/documents/Publications/fellows__papers/2012-2013/Newsroom_Curators___Independent_Storytellers_-_content_curation_as_a_new_form_of_journalism.pdf
review by Reuters Institute: https://reutersinstitute.politics.ox.ac.uk/about/news/item/article/newsroom-curators-and-independent-s.html
What is digital curation and why is it important to you? Leading experts in the curation and preservation of digital objects (such as databases, photos, vide...
Robin Good's insight:
Here is a 5-minute video recorded at the DigCurV Final Conference which took place on the 6th and 7th of May 2013 in Florence, Italy, in which several academic and research professionals in the fields of curation and preservation of digital objects (such as databases, photos, videos, websites, etc) share their views on what exactly is digital curation, and why it matters.
DigCurV is a project funded by the European Commission under the Lifelong Learning Programme to develop a curriculum framework for training in Digital Curation.
To learn more, visit http://digcur-education.org
Original video: http://youtu.be/6cuOdgvYRGM
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
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.
I thought this was good article, great observations and a real grasp on curation and how to do it effectively. I'm going to refrain from reposting all the gems in this post and instead give a commentary on something she said which I thought was a bit shortsighted.
Here's what caught my attention:
"I believe that the people best poised to be curators of the Internet are those from the Facebook Generation -- the first generation of native web citizens, mainly people in their 20s or early 30s who have grown up with the web and can navigate, scour, synthesize and then publish the best of what's out there on a daily basis because they practically live online. It is our generation that will also be able to more easily understand where new opportunities lie because they can quickly pinpoint where the gaps are in content, services, and products."
She is right that people in their 20's or 30's are indeed well equipped to curate the web especially for their own age group as well as others for all the reasons she states.
Having said that, there are people of all ages who have been on the web for years, myself included, who have built relationships and have the ability to spot trends, gaps and potential opportunities. I seriously doubt that people in that age group know what people in their 40's, 50's & 60's might need in a trusted source or have access or the ability to ferret out every potential opportunity on the web. I would be careful about making global statements like that.
**What if people of all ages contributed to a topic together, can you imagine the collective intelligence that could come from that?
What will set a good curator apart from a person who just aggregates links is the context they can add. Their perspective will have been gained through the humility and wisdom of life experience and can add great richness to the original content. To be sure, I have met many wonderful GenYers who have these traits in abundance, but this is one area where a few extra years and a few extra miles can help.
Content is the new currency of the web, it is meant to be a door opener, to invite others into the conversation, building thought leadership and authority. The more people that contribute by giving comments or adding another level of context, not only does it add to our knowledge but it can build community.
I think there is an enormous opportunity for anyone who has the passion, knowledge expertise and committment to select the very best content, fact check for accuracy and is willing to put in the time to learn how to curate succesfully.
Commentary by Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Media & Beyond"
Read full article here: [http://huff.to/v7bGHt]
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"
Robin Good's insight:
Changtao Zhong, Karthik Sundaravadivelan and Nishanth Sastry from King's London College and Sunil Shah from Last.fm have published a research study entitled: "Sharing the Loves: Understanding the How and Why of Online Content Curation".
The study (9 pages) analyzes the behaviour of thousands of individuals pinning images on Pinterest and liking and categorizing songs on Last.fm and reveals a few interesting insights:
a) what people curate as relevant is not generally among the top ranked results according to popular metrics. Good stuff is not the same as what is considered normally popular or authoritative stuff.
b) content curation allows a community to synchronize around specific issues and subjects (as anticipated by Clay Shirky)
c) better and more appreciated curation is of the "structured" kind, providing additional info, meta-data and categorization.
d) curators that are highly appreciated are characterized by consistent activity and by a variety of interests (or viewpoints under the same theme) that they are capable to cover.
My comment: Valuable insight into the essential traits of curation emerge from this interesting study of two popular content sharing and curation sites. In my eyes it highlights how inevitable is that curation will gradually match and replace search and what successful curators need to do to become more visible.
Original PDF: http://www.inf.kcl.ac.uk/staff/nrs/pubs/icwsm13.pdf
scrible lets you highlight and annotate web pages and easily save, share and collaborate on your web research with others. Sign up for free!
Robin Good's insight:
Scribble is web-based app which allows you to save and archive any web page while being able to richly annotate it in multiple colors & styles.
Scribble indexes all of the web content you save and it allows you to search through it easily. The basic version which is free to anyone allows you to:
Two editions are available right now:
a) Free - 125MB of storage
My comment: An excellent tool for researchers, journalists and teachers who need to permanently save, organize, annotate and highlight different content coming from the web.
More info: http://www.scrible.com
Robin Good: FingerPDF is a free Mac app which allows you to collect and organize your PDF document library, to search instantaneously and to analyze, read, and summarize content easily.
FingerPDF can also collect and store any web page (via a dedicated bookmarklet) or Mac document as a PDF inside your library making it available for indexing and future use.
Stored PDFs can be organized in folders, and can be easily tagged.
From the official site: "FingerPDF is a Mac PDF Organizer which allows you to quickly find and organize your PDFs. It is well suited for people that need frequent and rapid access to their books, articles and manuals.
Preview your PDF files, highlight sentences and take notes. Review and export your comments."
Check out this video demo: http://youtu.be/jVfnWH9BlN0
More info: http://www.fingerpdf.com/
Robin Good: Readcube is a free download software (PC and Mac) which allows you to automatically update, organize, annotate, index and search-through your collection of PDF documents.
This is a great tool for anyone doing serious research in any field, whether inside or outside the official academic and scientific sectors. The key benefit of using this tool is its ability to auto-organize and enhance your existing PDF library and to help you find related documents, while appropriately linking all authors and reference notes within each paper.
Key features include:
- PDF import and auto-indexing
- Author, title and and source-journal auto-identification
- Search and view abstracts from Google Scholar and PubMed
- Get daily article recommendations based on your research interests + the contents of your library
- Create in-line comments and directly highlight key phrases
- Find automatically citations for any article in your library
- Login integration with your university or institution so you can download articles from its library without logging in separately
To get a better idea of ReadCube can do, please check the video on this page: http://www.readcube.com/enhancedpdf
Free to use.
Live Demo of ReadCube Web Reader: http://www.readcube.com/reader/10.1038/nature10414
More info: http://www.readcube.com/
This post is from Darwin Ecosystem
With the increasing need for relevant content, Discovery engines are becoming tools that save time and encourage effective information consumption.
Content discovery engines are similar to, but different from search engines.
Instead of simply providing results for a specific search query, discovery engines allow users to monitor topic-specific developments.
There are many types of discovery engines, and the technology that drives them and the way they present information differs greatly.
Why Are Content Discovery Engines Gaining Importance?
**more people recognize their potential to transform information consumption.
6 Traits of Highly Effective Content Discovery Engines
*Monitor Unique Topics of Interest
*Independent from sources
*Eliminate the noise
*Display Emerging Patterns
There is an increasing need for relevant content to benefit users of the web.
As content repository increases in size, discovery engines will be a primary means of finding new information.
****In order for content discovery engines to succeed, they will need to find the right balance between: