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Robin Good's insight:
From the paper abstract: "Social media such as microblogs have become so pervasive such that it is now possible to use them as sensors for real-world events and memes.
While much recent research has focused on developing automatic methods for filtering and summarizing these data streams, we explore a different trend called social curation.
In contrast to automatic methods, social curation is characterized as a human-in-the-loop and sometimes crowd-sourced mechanism for exploiting social media as sensors."
The paper attempts to analyze curated microblog data and to understand the main reasons why people "participate in this laborious curation process".
It also looks at "new ways in which information retrieval and machine learning technologies can be used to assist curators" and it also suggests "a novel method based on a learning-to-rank framework that increases the curator's productivity and breadth of perspective by suggests which novel microblogs should be added to the curated content."
The paper contains valuable information for anyone interested in having more statistical data about social curation activities and patterns on Twitter, the use of lists and the typical reasons why individuals want to do this.
Full original PDF paper: http://cl.naist.jp/~kevinduh/papers/duh12curation-long.pdf
The Yahoo!'s Content Optimization and Relevance Engine (C.O.R.E.) creates 13 million story combinations a day on Yahoo!'s home page. Check out this data visualization: http://visualize.yahoo.com and explore what readers in different age and demographics groups, or with different interests or locations are reading on Yahoo.
A great interactive visualization example that show how curating existing data and presenting it in an accessible and interactive way can create extra value.
Check it out: http://beta.visualize.yahoo.com/core/
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/