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What a Content Curator Needs To Know: How, Tools, Issues and Strategy
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Curate and Publish Searchable Databases with freeDive

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freeDive allows anyone to use Google spreadsheets to build searchable databases that can be personalized, curated and published online.


Key features include: 

  • Results are presented in an interactive, sortable table 
  • Wizard walks you through creating a search widget
  • Customize the interface with your filters
  • Embed code to publish anywhere 
  • Open-source



Free to use.



Built by Len De Groot and Scot Hacker





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Stephen Dale's curator insight, January 17, 2014 11:28 AM

Looks like a useful - and free to use - resource for the commited data analyst/researcher.

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Curated Search: Blekko Groups Search Results Into Visual Categories

Curated Search: Blekko Groups Search Results Into Visual Categories | Content Curation World | Scoop.it



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Curation is going to significantly affect how we search and find information about topics we know little of or that we want to learn more about.


The latest version of Blekko, a search engine which already leverages curation to organize and improve the quality of search results, has introduced "categories" inside its search page results.


In other words when you search for a specific topic, you are provided with different sets of relevant results grouped by topic and focus. Thus, if I search for "content curation" I will get a set of semantically categorized groups relevant to my selected topic, including "Top results", "Twitter", "Marketing", "Librarianship" and more.


In this way it is much easier to drill down into different "types" of results and to easily identify the type of information you are looking for.


N.B.: If you haven't seen or used Blekko before, do register and login to see  the type of features, that while still primitive and a bit nerdy in their present implementation, I think are going to drive the new type of search engines we are likely to see emerge in the near future.


Free to use.


Try it now: https://blekko.com/


To register: https://blekko.com/ws/?f=1&q=%2Flogin


FAQ: http://help.blekko.com/


Tutorial - How to search with Blekko: http://help.blekko.com/index.php/a-tutorial-for-searching-with-blekko/




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Fernando Zamith's curator insight, June 3, 2013 8:27 AM

O Google já tem substituto: Blekko.

Os media sociais e a curadoria ao serviço da pesquisa (e vice-versa).

Resultados de pesquisas adaptados ao tamanho do monitor que estamos a usar e organizados por categorias de diferentes cores.

Muitos anos e muitos milhões de dólares depois, o Blekko está pronto para ser o motor de busca de referência.

Experimentem! Vale a pena!

Alejandro Tortolini's curator insight, June 3, 2013 5:11 PM

Blekko agrupa visualmente las búsquedas de contenido.

Therese Torris's curator insight, June 4, 2013 5:46 AM

Don't know how powerful it is as a search engine but Blekko certainly has a very attractive visual display and offers much needed options to filter search by topic or category (used to be called "parametric search"). Curious to see how it catches on but will definitely give it a try myself.

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Information Research: Search Multiple Types of Content Simultaneously with Slikk

Information Research: Search Multiple Types of Content Simultaneously with Slikk | Content Curation World | Scoop.it

Robin Good: Slikk is a new search engine with some unique features to help you search and discover relevant content faster.


"Up until today, if you weren't sure which of the search results was the one you need, you had two options: opening up a bunch of browser tabs, or clicking search results and then the browser "back" button until you found what you needed.


SearchBrowsing allows you to open search results and browse their website in an embedded window right on the search page, drastically reducing the time needed to find what you're looking for."


Slikk lets you also search and view various types of results simultaneously.


"The MultiView feature allows you to display one type of search result on the left side of the screen and another on the right side.


On either side, you can choose between web, image, news, video, blog or Twitter results. For example, you can have web results on the left side and images on the right side. Or news on the left and Twitter on the right.


Slikk also saves your settings, so once you've opened MultiView, any subsequent visits to Slikk will give you both types of results. 


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Finally Slikk lets you share any search result (web, images, videos, etc) with your social network or by email. Just click the share icon next to the search result." 


Try it out: http://www.slikk.com/ 

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User-Curated Search Engine Allows Creation of Custom Collaborative Search Spaces: zResearch

User-Curated Search Engine Allows Creation of Custom Collaborative Search Spaces: zResearch | Content Curation World | Scoop.it
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zResearch is a curated, collaborative next-generation search engine, allowing great customization and filtering of results, clustering and auto-categorization, some truly stunning alternative data visualization options, and the ability to collaboratively curated and organize search results into multi-level collections.


Once you are registered inside zResearch you can start immediately to curate your own "search spaces" in which you can save both any relevant results as well as any web page you run into on the web, by using the dedicated bookmarklet.


Within a search space you can create as many folders as you like and multiple search sapces can be joined into "groups". 


zResearch offers two alternative ways to visualize results in  visual clusters. One is a treemap-like display and the other is a circular diagram which make it very easy to see at a glance the forest(s) from the trees. Navigating among such different forests is extremely fast and easy and doesn't require a reload of the page.


zResearch offers also the opportunity to invite other individuals to collaborate and contribute to a specific "search space" or "group", to make a search space private, or public, accessible by anyone and even embeddable elsewhere.


In this fashion subject matter experts, trainers and guides can set up and maintain specific custom re-search spaces that can be used by anyone out there.


zResearch offers also "alerts", which can monitor specific topics and keywords for you, and can search across texts, images, video, educational materials, books, products, the deep web and custom repositories.


My comment: zResearch, brainchild of an already effective curated search engine named SearchTeam, is a truly effective, easy-to-use and useful search engine, which puts the re-searcher in fully in the drivers seat.


The set of categorization, editing and search curation features is from my viewpoint very good and using zResearch to create a reference search space for other people interested in a topic is extremely valuable.


I highly recommend zResearch to anyone interested in following, monitoring and maintaining an effective reference catalog of categorized info on any topic.


Free to use during Beta.



Try it out now: http://research.zakta.com/


More info on how to use it: http://research.zakta.com/help.php


FAQ: http://research.zakta.com/faq.php


Search space example I created: http://research.zakta.com/search_1_148_1673_Content_Curation?query=&type=Web+Sites&view=Map


Video tutorials: http://research.zakta.com/video.php



*Added to the "Search Curation" section of the Supermap of Content Curation Tools.



Pricing: Sundar Kadayam, in response to a timely request by Marjolein Hoekstra has sent me this additional info about the cost of the service. His message reads like this:


"...we are providing tailored versions of Zakta to enterprise clients to meet their specific needs.  

However, we are also working towards a major upgrade as well as a formal launch of the zResearch app this fall.
Towards that end, we are bringing together a set of subscription options for individual professionals and small teams, to complement our enterprise offerings.  
These subscription options will be aggressively priced along the lines of successful online products like Basecamp, Evernote and others.
People who are registering for a free trial of zResearch can continue to use that free trial until the subscription options are formally launched with the major product upgrade this fall.  
We will update the current zResearch site with this pricing and upgrade information shortly."




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harish magan's comment, August 30, 2013 10:03 AM
Content is king. Curators are almost agree to this that if the content is good reader will read it till end.
Katherine Hanson's comment, August 30, 2013 10:08 AM
I completely agree, Harish - always has been, always will be
harish magan's comment, August 31, 2013 5:34 AM
Thanks for agreeing with me
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Find Research Data Easily: Databib

Find Research Data Easily: Databib | Content Curation World | Scoop.it

Robin Good: Databib is a collaborative, annotated "bibliography of primary research data repositories" which allows anyone to easily find, access and download records from open research data repositories.


"Users and bibliographers create and curate records that describe data repositories that users can search."


Databib has been developed with support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.


Find out more: http://databib.org/



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