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What a Content Curator Needs To Know: How, Tools, Issues and Strategy
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44% of Links Go Lost: To Preserve Valuable Content Online Will Become a Prime Need

44% of Links Go Lost: To Preserve Valuable Content Online Will Become a Prime Need | Content Curation World |
Robin Good's insight:

According to this PDF report from the Chesapeak Digital Preservation Group, 44% of links go rotten.

(The Chesapeak group is comprised of four member libraries, the Georgetown Law and Harvard Law School Libraries, and the State Law Libraries of Maryland and Virginia.)

The study highlights not only how bad and real the issue is, but how rapidly it is worsening.

Here a few newsworthy highlights:

a) Link rot has increased from 8.3 to 44.3% in six years.

b) In 2013 government originated documents showed the largest percentage of linkrot. 

c) More than 50 percent of the materials posted to government  domains disappeared from the original documented web addresses.

N.B.: There is a high value in preserving non-trivial content in ways that allow reliable access for indefinite time at a permanent online address. (In theory search engines could provide this as an additional (and optionally paid) service to final users who request it, as this is part of what they already do by default. 

Informative. 8/10

Full original PDF report:  (8 pages)

(Image credit: Rotten apple by Shutterstock)



Christel Binnie's comment, December 29, 2013 6:26 PM
Duh, of course. Thanks Robin. :-)
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pilar arroyo's curator insight, March 5, 2014 1:08 PM

Scoop del maestro Robin Good en el que se evidencia la necesidad de preservar el contenido online, especialmente en el caso de información institucional y gubernamental que es la que tiene mayor índice de desaparición.

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Content Curation as a New Form of Journalism

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: 

review by Reuters Institute: 

Federico Guerrini's comment, October 2, 2013 5:06 AM
Actually, I believe it will become more and more important, as an issue, as newsrooms cut staff, especially foreign correspondents
socialNONmente's curator insight, October 2, 2013 6:54 AM

La "Content Curation" è una nuova forma di giornalismo? Se lo è  chiesto un giornalista freelance italiano specializzato in tecnologia, Federico Guerrini, in una ricerca commissionata dal Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism

David Sallinen (WAN-IFRA)'s curator insight, October 3, 2013 4:48 PM

newsroom curators to engage readers !

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Content Curation: Understanding the Why and How - a Research Study

Robin Good's insight:

Changtao Zhong, Karthik Sundaravadivelan and Nishanth Sastry from King's London College and Sunil Shah from 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 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: 

Carmenne Kalyaniwala's curator insight, October 16, 2013 2:17 AM

A research paper by Zhong, Shah, Sundaravadivelan and Sastry, King's college London, 2013

AnneMarie Cunningham's curator insight, October 17, 2013 8:28 AM

See the excellent notes from Robin Good below. Interesting to see more work emerging in this field.

John Thomas's curator insight, February 9, 2014 10:20 AM

Content Curation: Understanding the Why and How - a Research Study