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Three Factors To Select What News Stories To Curate: Current, Interesting, Applicable

Three Factors To Select What News Stories To Curate: Current, Interesting, Applicable | Content Curation World | Scoop.it
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To choose which news story to curate and pass on to your readers, is not always something easy to do.


My personal suggestion is to look only for the most interesting and relevant stories for your audience while leaving out anything that is mildly interesting. I'd always go for quality over quantity and I would not discard little-read stories or dated ones, because of these two factors. Rather I'd select them on the basis of their immediate usefulness to my reader and not on the one of their freshness or recency.


Serena Matter, of the Canadian Public Relations Society, has just published a short article suggesting three key criteria to employ in selecting what news to curate each day. She writes:


"Finding content to share online can be a challenge, especially when your goal is to provide information of interest to your followers.


In many instances, it is easier to re-tweet something that appears in your newsfeed, even if it’s not that relevant to your industry, than to come up with new material.


However, this wastes a valuable opportunity to engage your online stakeholders. Rather than taking the easy way out, there are a few simple guidelines you can follow to ensure any content you share offers value. When creating or searching for material to share, keep this acronym in mind: C.I.A. (Current, Interesting, Applicable)."


But beware: "current" is a misleading variable, as "something" can be "current" depending on the specific context in which it is presented and it is not an absolute trait of a news story.


A story from two years ago can be made immediately current and relevant simply by relating and connecting it to other information which is directly impacting our present.



Good for beginners. 6/10


Full article: http://www.cprsvancouver.com/what-should-i-post-today-guide-content-curation



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Alfredo Corell's curator insight, January 13, 2013 7:10 AM

Current is important, but not the most. If anything is interesting and applicable and remains useful, it doesn't matther that was built up 3 years ago...

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The Future of Universities Is In Becoming Masters of Curation

The Future of Universities Is In Becoming Masters of Curation | Content Curation World | Scoop.it
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Martin Smith, Chief Revenue Officer at Noodle, has written an interesting article highlighting how the future of universities is about to be completely transformed, and how, similarly to what is happening in the music industry, curators, or those organization acting in such role, will play a dramatically important role in the future of higher education.


Key factors that will make this a reality are:


  • The price of content will freefall over the next seven years.

  • The supply of learning content will swell.

  • Education will increasingly be personalized.
     

"Universities will be masters of curation, working as talent agencies. They’ll draw royalties and license fees from the content professors create and curate.

In many ways, the role of the best universities will become even more focused on identifying, investing in, and harvesting the returns from great talent."



Insightful. Right-on-the-mark. Must-read. 9/10


Full article: http://qz.com/223771/universities-are-the-record-labels-of-education/ 


See also: http://www.masternewmedia.org/curation-for-education-and-learning/ 









 

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Jamie Ruppert's curator insight, July 8, 1:12 PM

Technology is a total game changer for universities. Universities will become content curators who collect fees on the content created by it's professors.

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@Gilbert Faure au nom de l'ASSIM: a few are, many not yet. But don't worry, if they are investing in planning for a sustainable future, not created only at the expense of paying students, they'll figure it out by themselves pretty soon.
Jeroen Boon's curator insight, July 12, 10:39 AM

Exciting article about the future of our universities! 

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Curate, Organize and Archive Your Favorite Bookmarks On The Fly with Unmark

Curate, Organize and Archive Your Favorite Bookmarks On The Fly with Unmark | Content Curation World | Scoop.it
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Unmark is a web app which allows you to easily bookmark any web page you deem relevant, and to assign to it a to-do labels, a description and the option to permanently archive it.


Unmark keeps track and displays all of your bookmarks in an elegant vertical timeline and can manage hashtags utilized in the note/description field allowing easy categorization.


Existing bookmarks can be easily imported from your favorite web browser, Pinboard, or Delicious. Supported browsers include Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Internet Explorer 11. 


An available bookmarklet makes bookmarking any web page only a click away and with the Unmark Chrome Extension installed you can search your links directly from Chrome’s Omnibox (the place you type in your searches or the URL you want to go to). Also, you can add all of your open tabs to Unmark with a single click. And, if you want to skip the labelling process altogether, you can right-click on a page and add it to Unmark without seeing a window (speedy speedy).


The basic version is free, open-source and immediately accessible by anyone after registration.


A "Pro" version, costing $12/year adds the capability to search through all of your bookmarks.



An elegant and easy to use tool to more effectively manage anyone with an intense bookmarking activity.



N.B.: Unmark has been created by Plain, the same guys who made the outstanding in-line editor for Wordpress: Barley.





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Mike Power's curator insight, July 7, 5:33 AM

Looks very nice. Clean and simple design. But I can't see myself using it rather than Diigo. For any serious bookmarker out there Diigo Pro is just so much more capable and feature rich. It's new "Focused Research" feature is very useful. But nice try from Unmark and I'm sure for many people it will be just the ticket. 

Jamie Ruppert's curator insight, July 8, 1:13 PM

Curate, Organize and Archive Your Favorite Bookmarks On The Fly with Unmark

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Curate Embeddable Thematic Photo Galleries from Social Hashtags with Picsho

Curate Embeddable Thematic Photo Galleries from Social Hashtags with Picsho | Content Curation World | Scoop.it
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Picsho is a free web app which allows you to create embeddable photo galleries from your favorite hashtag pics gathered from Instagram, Flickr, Twitter, Tumblr and other social networks.


Picso which I have reviewed before in 2012, has completely revamped its interface and released a new much simpler and more intuitive new version. 

To use it, you simply enter a hashtag or keyword, you select up to five visual sources (Flickr, Instagram, etc.) and then you wait for your gallery to load up. Once displayed you can manually curate which pictures to keep and which ones to exclude.

Once done, you assign a name and you can save and publish the gallery. If you are logged in, you can also re-edit and update your gallery anytime.


The only limitation, is that you cannot re-arrange or reposition images in a gallery.


For the rest, Picsho is one of the best and easiest tools I have found to rapidly curate a social images based collection and to be able to publish it on any site.


Free to use.  


Try it out now: http://picsho.com/ 


FAQ: http://picsho.com/faq/ 





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Barbara Vermaas's curator insight, July 1, 2:53 AM

Volgens Robin Good een erg handige een eenvoudige tool om afbeeldingen te verzamelen van Flickr, Instagram, Tumblr en andere sociale netwerken. Ik wil me niet zomaar overal voor registreren om een applicatie uit te proberen, dus ik moet afgaan op het oordeel van een ander. Maar wat hij erover schrijft klinkt wel erg bruikbaar.

Je verzamelt op basis van een hashtag of trefwoord een complete gallery waar je naderhand nog afbeeldingen uit kunt verwijderen. De volgorde kun je niet aanpassen.

Gratis tool.

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Curate and Follow Your Key Favorite Twitter Sources with Happy Friends

Curate and Follow Your Key Favorite Twitter Sources with Happy Friends | Content Curation World | Scoop.it
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Happy Friends is a new free tool created by Dave Winer which allows you to closely follow those Twitter accounts for which you don't want to miss a beat. 


Happy Friends makes it easy for you to add (but not to delete for now) any Twitter account you want and to easily expand it to see all of its most recent tweets. 


The result is a simple interface which lists your favorite Twitter sources and allows you to check rapidly what each one of them has posted. 


What may escape anyone not reading this, is that by clicking on any of the headlines displayed inside Happy Friends you get to see the full Twitter card display, just as it was intended to be seen on Twitter with integrated images and video. 


Happy Friends fulfils for me a true need, as with Twitter typical readers and tools (including lists) it is very difficult to track specific sources postings without doing a few click acrobatics. 


I hope that in one of the upcoming versions, the formatting of the tweets will also be improved as to make it easier for the eye to rapidly scan the information presented. The twitter grey icons on the left do to little to quiet down the noise created by all the the tweet texts and links appearing on the Happy Friends page. Vertical spacing between items and separating text from links would significantly improve legibility and rapid eye-scanning of the content.


Very useful.


Free to use.


Try it out now: http://happyfriends.camp/ 


See also: http://happy.smallpict.com/2014/06/24/welcomeToHappyFriends.html 


and: http://thenextweb.com/twitter/2014/06/28/happy-friends-turns-twitter-mailbox-select-friends/ 






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Stephen Dale's curator insight, July 3, 5:59 AM

A super Twitter utility service for aggregating your favourite Twitter resources,

 

#socmed

#twitter

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Collect and Organize Learning Resources Into Embeddable Collections with Blendspace

Collect and Organize Learning Resources Into Embeddable Collections with Blendspace | Content Curation World | Scoop.it
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Blendspace is a web-based content curation tool, designed specifically for educators and teachers. Blendspace sits somewhere between Pinterest and Storify as its power and simplicity make it easy to search multiple sources, import content and visually display it and organize it into boards.


Its unique strength resides in:

  1. Multiple layout pre-sets
  2. Presentation-mode
  3. Collections are embeddable
  4. Easy drag/drop reorganization of boards
  5. Team collaborators (upcoming feature)
  6. Works across all computers and devices


Very easy and intuitive to use, makes the research and collection task intuitive, and organization, presentation and publishing very effective.


I really like how Blendspace works and the results it produces. If you are looking for visual tool to create collections of resources on a specific topic for your class or training program, I'd give Blendspace a try.



Try it out now: https://www.blendspace.com/ 



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Vittorio Canavese's curator insight, June 27, 3:50 AM

Nell'ottica del "blended learning" una buona idea, da verificarne la realizzazione. 

Hairuddin Munip's curator insight, July 4, 8:06 PM

Many great ideas on how you curate info for different purposes - research, reminder, wish list etc

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Find Top Trending Content and Key Opinion Leaders In Any Niche with BuzzSumo

Find Top Trending Content and Key Opinion Leaders In Any Niche with BuzzSumo | Content Curation World | Scoop.it
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BuzzSumo is a powerful web app which allows content curators to find trending top content highlighted by social media shares and key influencers on any subject you specify.


Content can be filtered by "type" (including articles, guest posts, infographics, videos and interviews) and by *time" with the ability to see just the last 24 hours, the past week, month or six months of data.


Influencers can be filtered by bloggers, journalists, influencers, companies and regular people. 


An excellent tool for curators to find valuable new content and key contacts, influencers or prospective customers on any subject.


Free to use and test even without signing up.

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Christopher Benitez's curator insight, June 25, 4:34 AM

I love BuzzSumo as a content curation tool. Everybody who wants to collect the best posts about their niche should try out this tool!

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Collect, Capture and Organize Your Favorite Files and Web Pages with Zimilate

Collect, Capture and Organize Your Favorite Files and Web Pages with Zimilate | Content Curation World | Scoop.it
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Zimilate is a new content collection and organizing tool that allows you to create Pinterest-like boards containing files of any kind, documents, PDFs, newly created text notes as well as images and full web pages that can be easily captured with a dedicated bookmarklet/extension.


Content items can be tagged, manually ordered and collected into "spheres", which can be set to be "private" or public.


It's very easy to drag and drop items from one collection to another and to re-order items in any way you want.


Team collaborators can be invited to contribute content to any of your collections.


All contents collected in Zimilate are fully searchable.


Zimilate is a powerful content curation app, similar to Pinterest but with added functionalties (more content types supported and powerful web page capturing) and more flexibility (reordering of items in a collection) which make it a potentially valuable alternative. At the same time, since it is so new, it lacks Pinterest core feature that allows you to easily select any image from a web page and to pin it to a board. With Zimilate, for now you need to click and save the image and then import it.


Free to use.


Try it out now: https://www.zimilate.com/ 


Check this review: http://www.ilovefreesoftware.com/14/webware/zimilate-free-website-save-organize-web-content-notes-images.html 


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FrancoisMagnan's curator insight, June 17, 2:11 AM

En attendant de le tester,  voici un outil de curation qui a l'air alléchant au vu de son descriptif.

Henrik Safegaard - Cloneartist's curator insight, June 17, 4:30 AM

It's maybe look a bit like Pinterest but it's not. It's seems a lot better and if you think a bit creative i'm sure you will spot that it's very usefully. You both have a public and a Private sphere and you can have collaborators, students, friends, co. workers or maybe even a closed membership site where you can share files, webpages and whatever you like. 

Click and check it out. It sure looks good to me.


TAKE CONTROL OF WHAT YOU KNOW

Save information and research about important topics in one place, so you can find what you need fast. Zimilate lets you stop searching through bookmarks, file sharing, documents on your computer, scribbled notes, and links you’ve emailed to yourself. All your knowledge is just a click away and accessible on your desktop, phone, and tablet."

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Content Discovery: RSS and the Power of Dynamic OPML Subscriptions

Content Discovery: RSS and the Power of Dynamic OPML Subscriptions | Content Curation World | Scoop.it
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If you need to monitor and track content updates from many different web sources, while being able to manage and easily update such sets of content sources, you may want to look into dynamic OPML reading lists.


In this in-depth article, Marjolein Hoekstra explores, reports and illustrates the power of OPML files and their abilities when paired with specific tools. 


Specifically (though not in this same exact order):


  • What are OPML reading lists
  • OPML examples on the web
  • OPML history and Dave Winer
  • FeedShare OPML exchange site
  • Limitations of OPML reading lists
  • InoReader and dynamic OPML reading lists
  • How to create RSS feeds from your own reading lists
  • How to generate OPML reading lists from your RSS reader
  • OPML tools and resources
  • Create a Google custom search engine with an OPML file



The article is a treasure trove of useful information especially for any journalist or researcher in need to continuously and update its news discovery and monitoring abilities. 


N.B.: Organization of the content sections in this article is a bit rough, but if you are not in a rush and dig through it, you can easily make sense of it all-


Informative. Insightful. 8/10



Full article: http://cleverclogs.org/2014/05/rss-reader-inoreader-to-support-dynamic-opml-subscriptions.html


Reading time: 11'

 



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Fernando Zamith's curator insight, June 16, 6:19 AM

Parece interessante. Estou a experimentar.

Karen Bowden's comment, June 16, 12:54 PM
This is great! I love it! I can't wait to share some of my own lists. Thank you so much for posting this.
Robin Good's comment, June 16, 1:29 PM
Hi Karen, happy to see that you found this as useful as i did.
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A Visual Project Trying To Define What Curation Is: Postcards from Cambridge University Museums

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Here is a nice, albeit still small, collection of visitor originated postcards defining what curation is, collected as part of the part of Curating Cambridge: our city, our stories, our stuff.


The information on the project page states: " Is a curator a source of specialist expertise, a custodian, a content manager, a cultural programmer, a digital archivist, an editor?  All these, or none of them? 


What does the curator of a fossil collection have in common with a contemporary art curator, or the curator of a music festival?   Where does community curation, co-curation, digital curation and crowd curation fit? "


The collection showcases phrases and words from visitors, professionals and academics trying to describe in their words what curation is to them.


The projects aims to elicit "contributions from across the University of Cambridge Museums, from researchers across the arts and sciences, and from cultural partners and other writers and thinkers from within and outside the museums and cultural sector", to build a body of work which will capture and explore the spectrum of thinking on this subject.



Inspiring. In need of more contributions. 6/10


For more info see: http://www.cam.ac.uk/museums-and-collections/collaborative-projects/art-science-of-curation





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Veille digitale's curator insight, June 8, 2:37 AM

Un excellent projet autour de la curation !

theo kuechel's comment, June 10, 8:57 AM
Curating is..... An excellent idea, however using an All Rights Reserved Licence reduces its value to debate substantially and defeats many of the aims stated above.
Robin Good's comment, June 10, 9:37 AM
Theo, thanks for sharing your wise comment. I can't but agree with you on this.
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Music Discovery: Cool and Groovy Curated Playlists from the New 22Tracks

Music Discovery: Cool and Groovy Curated Playlists from the New 22Tracks | Content Curation World | Scoop.it
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Designed for tastemakers and passionate music lovers in search of new sounds 22Tracks is a music discovery and curation site specializing in new tracks across 22 genres from key European hubs such as London, Amsterdam and Paris (U.S cities to appear soon).


In 22Tracks you discover music by selecting a city hub, and then by choosing one of your favourite music genres. Each genre is curated by a different DJ, tastemaker or brand who publishes an updated playlist with new songs every week.


You as a user can also like, share, buy/download, and collect your favourite tracks with just a click.


The site has just relaunched with a new look and feel, a new player and a better iPhone app.


If you are into new music, and like to hear new tracks and sounds in a cool, elegant and informative (but never intrusive) interface  22tracks is a wonderful resource which I am sure, will not disappoint you. 


Try it out now: http://22tracks.com/ 







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Curate Full Searchable Archives of Web Pages with Stache for Mac

Curate Full Searchable Archives of Web Pages with Stache for Mac | Content Curation World | Scoop.it
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If you are looking for a content curation tool that allows you to collect, save and archive, index and organize your favorite web pages in a visual fashion, Stache may have just what you are looking for. 


Key features include:

  • Permanent archive of screenshot and web page 
  • Full indexing of all pages archived
  • Full text search across the archive
  • Tagging
  • Archive collections are accessible both from Mac and from iPhone / iPad
  • Import/Export of bookmark collections
  • URL sharing 
  • Export full archives and individual images
  • Bookmarklet and browser extension
  • iCloud sync
Sys req: Mac OS X 10.9 Maverick


Excellent tool for creating searchable visual archives of web pages. Works only on Mac/iOS with latest OS. 





Introductory price: 

$6.99 / £4.99 / 5.99€ Mac app

$1.99 / £1.49 / 1.79€ iOS app



Available here:

 


Review Guide: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/eejonz3ljactzm9/AABa0gTmP7ixPLKWqY82l44Va/Stache%20for%20Mac%20and%20iOS%20Review%20Guide%201.0.pdf 




Similar to: Ember - http://realmacsoftware/ember  

Check my review: http://sco.lt/5UGg53 


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David Bennett's curator insight, May 30, 4:09 AM

Stache or Ember? Must look into both more.

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News Discovery: Find Topic-Specific Curated RSS Feed Reading Lists on FeedShare.net

News Discovery: Find Topic-Specific Curated RSS Feed Reading Lists on FeedShare.net | Content Curation World | Scoop.it
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FeedShare is an excellent free online resource to find curated reading lists of RSS feeds on specific topics.


FeedShare is in fact an open-source web app which allows you to easily upload and share your OPML file with others (An OPML file is a collection of RSS feed URLs.)

FeedShare curates a short list of the most interesting and valuable OPML files in its Popular page, allows you to find relevant OPML files by tags, and makes it easy to search across all of its archives



Free to use.


Try it out now: http://feedshare.net/ 


Contribute your list: http://feedshare.net/share/ 



To learn more about OPML files: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OPML 

Check also: OPML Support for Firefox 



Thanks to @cleverclogs 


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sledderwool's comment, June 13, 1:23 AM
Thats incredible...
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Six Key Content Curation Insights Emerging from the Leaked NY Times Executive Summary

Six Key Content Curation Insights Emerging from the Leaked NY Times Executive Summary | Content Curation World | Scoop.it
It's an astonishing look inside the cultural change still needed in the shift to digital — even in one of the world's greatest newsrooms. Read it.
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The leaked New York Times memo of less than a week ago is making the round on the Internet, as it touches upon many of the key issues and opportunities any news journalism operation is facing today.


From my personal viewpoint the most interesting aspect of this lengthy 97-page memo is how much curation, news and content curation specifically, are part of the future view being described in it.


Since, even trying read the in-depth curated version of the leaked NY report done by the excellent Nieman Lab it may take you in excess of 30 minutes, I have extracted and highlighted here below only the points that are specifically relevant to curators and to anyone researching the future of content curation within the context of news and journalism.

Here, six key points to pay strong attention to:


  1. ...resurfacing archival content. The report cites this passage: "“We can be both a daily newsletter and a library — offering news every day, as well as providing context, relevance and timeless works of journalism.” 


  2. ...restructuring arts and culture stories that remain relevant long after they are initially published into guides for readers.


  3.  ...consider tools to make it easier for journalists, and maybe even readers, to create collections and repackage the content.


  4.  allow readers to easily follow certain topics or columnists.


  5. better tagging of the info and content being published.


  6. focus on the less glamorous work of creating tools, templates and permanent fixes that cumulatively can have a bigger impact by saving our digital journalists time and elevating the whole report.



Nieman Lab curated report of the NY leaked Executive Summary document: http://www.niemanlab.org/2014/05/the-leaked-new-york-times-innovation-report-is-one-of-the-key-documents-of-this-media-age/ 



Original leaked copy of NY report: http://www.scribd.com/doc/224608514/The-Full-New-York-Times-Innovation-Report 

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Content Curation at Work: Startupery - A Library of Startup Best-Practices Curated by True Subject Matter Experts

Content Curation at Work: Startupery - A Library of Startup Best-Practices Curated by True Subject Matter Experts | Content Curation World | Scoop.it
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Startupery is a new online resource which organizes and curates best-practices, strategy advice, tips and methods for business startups.


The present library currently comprises over 500 hundred resources organized under 372 topics by 12 selected "experts", which include, among others, Fred Wilson (Vevnture Capitalist), Eric Ries (The Lean Startup), Chris Dixon (Investor) and Brad Feld (Early Stage Investor / Entrepreneur). 


For each expert you will find a page outlining his profile and presenting, in a categorized fashion, a selected number of sources suggested by him.


"For years, and now more than ever, startup founders, investors and operators have been sharing advice on how to succeed in business. From personal blogs to up-and-coming publications, this advice has been scattered and often hard to find when you need it mostStartup{ery is a library for this advice, giving each resource and the important topics that they cover a home on the internet."


An excellent and well-organized resource hub for startups, Simple, easy to navigate and staffed by a highly reputable set of subject-matter-experts / curators.

A great example of the value that content curation can bring to just about any field, where there is lot of precious information scattered around and which can greatly benefit from competent and trusted "organizers". 


Free to use.



Startupery: http://startupery.com/ 


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Pierre Dejean's curator insight, July 12, 10:16 AM

Great content about Start-up ! 

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How To Curate Content Without Breaking the Rules or Risking of Being Penalized

How To Curate Content Without Breaking the Rules or Risking of Being Penalized | Content Curation World | Scoop.it
Google has introduced its new algorithm, Panda 4.0, in an effort to reward high quality, original content in the search engine's rankings. But, this doesn't mean marketers should stop curating
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Pawan Deshpande of Curata offers a very good guide for content marketers fascinated by content curation opportunities but doubtful about the risks deriving from duplicating existing content or copying excerpts or titles from published articles.


The article provides good advice relative to SEO, general approach and strategy, managing Google search and G+ and titling by outlining the major DOs and DON'Ts of content curation for marketing.


Key recommendations to avoid problems include:

  • No reposting of full text articles
  • Curate from a varied pool of sources
  • Don't re-use full size images
  • Using no-follow tags
  • Using sub-domains


 In the author own words: "Annotate curated content with your own insights, change titles, link to credible articles, publish from a variety of sources and ALWAYS give more than you take when it comes to third-party content."



Good advice for content marketers.  7/10



Full article: https://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140702165024-1132213-panda-4-0-has-arrived-but-you-can-still-curate-content-here-s-how 





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Stewart-Marshall's curator insight, July 9, 8:52 AM

Frankly I'm sick of jumping through Google hoops that keep moving. But the tips given here are mostly the same as you would give for good, honest blog writing anyway - and that's the key. Forget Google (yes please) and just write about other people's stuff as you would hope they would write about yours :-)

Nicoletta Gay's curator insight, July 11, 4:46 AM

An interesting list of  content curation and SEO do's and don'ts in the era of Google Panda 4.0.

Caren Taubman Glasser's curator insight, July 11, 10:31 AM

Great list of Do's and Don'ts when curating content.

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How To Create Great Value By Gathering and Organizing The Best Available Info on a Theme: UsefulScience

How To Create Great Value By Gathering and Organizing The Best Available Info on a Theme: UsefulScience | Content Curation World | Scoop.it
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UsefulScience is a curated collection of useful science info summaries delivered in 5-second bytes.


UScience contains one paragraph long citations or excerpts from research papers, magazine articles or other relevant scientific sources to which it links directly to. 


Useful information  bytes are organized into 12 different categories ranging from creativity to sleep, with fitness, health, education, persuasion and productivity in between.


A great example of content curation at work, it shows in an immediately tangible way, how the time consuming work of gathering, vetting and presenting information in a simple and digestible format can give life to highly valuable information / educational resources.


Well organized, legible, easy to navigate and full of useful gems this is certainly a great inspirational model for how to best use a content curation approach to create high value from existing content and resources.



Free to use.


Try it out now: http://usefulscience.org/ 


More info: http://usefulscience.org/about 



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Curate Your Favorite Content with the ExpressCurate WordPress Toolkit

Curate Your Favorite Content with the ExpressCurate WordPress Toolkit | Content Curation World | Scoop.it
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ExpressCurate is a free WordPress plugin which allows you to capture any content you find online, and to edit and curate it directly inside WordPress.


Key features include:
 

  • Grab and load any URL content
     
  • Provides editable title, image and content areas
     
  • Pre-loads multiple key content chunks from original content and meta-data and makes them ready for insertion

  • Offers SEO dedicated fields 
     
  • Auto-suggests relevant tags
     
  • Can add annotation and text boxes into curated posts
     
  • Auto-link to original and personalized attribution text


ExpressCurate also provides:


- a Chrome extension to easily capture and curate content as you browse, which provides an editing interface similar to what Scoop.it provides with his bookmarklet. The extension also adds a cool "curate" link to your Twitter interface which allows you to curate also any content on the 140 character platform. See this screenshot: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/spa/782adzfe036gp2y/vklvggma.png 


- a free WordPress theme for curated news and magazines sites.


A good and easy-to-use content curation tool for anyone using WordPress. Excellent free solution for authors and journalists who only need an easy and effective solution to start curating without needing to learn or adopt a new platform.



Free to use.


Try it out now: http://www.expresscurate.com/ 


FAQ: http://news.expresscurate.com/category/faq/ 




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NLafferty's curator insight, June 28, 12:13 PM

I'be always thought Wordpress can be used as a content curation tool as blog posts can sign post students to learning resources elsewhere on the web. This plugin looks like it will make this even easier.

Sharise Cunningham's curator insight, June 28, 1:22 PM

It's always good to have an effective, easy-to-use tool, especially if you're more creatively-minded than technical.

Mike Power's curator insight, July 7, 5:37 AM

Although I don't use WP that much this looks very useful. I'll check it out on one of my WP test sites. 

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Curation for Content Marketing: Sharing Is Not Enough You Need a Content Hub

Curation for Content Marketing: Sharing Is Not Enough You Need a Content Hub | Content Curation World | Scoop.it
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Guillaume De Cugis, co-founder of Scoop.it, hits the nail right on the head for content marketers with a good article on the Business2Community.com site, where he highlights the declining benefits of social media marketing efforts on Facebook and correctly identifies:

a) quality and
b) engagement

as key content variables that do make a difference in remaining visible online.


He writes: "...if you’re just tweeting links, you’re missing out.


Why?


Because:

  • Your content is short-lived (the lifetime of a tweet is in minutes; a few hours at best).
  • You have no or limited opportunity to provide context.
  • You drive your audience away from you; not to your own site.
  • No opportunity to convert.
  • No opportunity to show related content.
  • No traffic from search.
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Instead, if you curate your own content hub on a specific topic:
 
  • Your curated content is now archived somewhere and can be discovered and re-shared in the future 
     
  • Your curated content receives targeted traffic from search 
     
  • You can add conversion & engagement CTA’s (subscribe, contact me, request a demo, book services, etc…).


Good basic analysis and advice for content marketers.
De Cugis is right. 7/10



Read more at http://www.business2community.com/social-media/death-social-media-publishing-know-0920508 


See the slide deck: http://www.slideshare.net/Scoopit/content-is-king-easy-simple-ways-to-curate-relevant-content 





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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, June 26, 1:10 PM

Really interesting to read. Will have to focus more on my content curation in the future. 

Caroline Baldeyrou's curator insight, June 30, 3:58 AM

Très bon article du fondateur de Scoop It, qui explique pourquoi la curation sur Twitter (= "juste" partager des liens en moins de 140 caractères) ne suffit pas pour un content marketer, et pourquoi il faut créer son propre "hub de contenus". Une démonstration logique et imparable, à appliquer concrètement dès maintenant !

Caren Taubman Glasser's curator insight, July 11, 10:33 AM

This article highlights the declining benefits of social media marketing efforts on Facebook and explains why quality and engagement are key to remaining visible online

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Great Examples of How Content Curation Tools Can Be Effectively Used In Education

Great Examples of How Content Curation Tools Can Be Effectively Used In Education | Content Curation World | Scoop.it
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An excellent showcase of best practices in curating content in education while using different tools and services.


Sue Waters pulls together a great number of very good examples, of how curated content can be effectively used in education.


The analysis includes relevant statistical data on the use of content curation tools, and several chapters providing examples of how different types of content curation tools have been effectively utilized within an educational context.


Tools covered: Storify, Slideshare, Scoop.it, Pinterest, Tweetdeck, Flipboard, Popplet, Mindmeister.

Content types covered: Blog posts, Visual notes, Infographics. 



Resourceful. 8/10


Full report: http://theedublogger.com/2014/06/12/curation/ 


Reading time: 6'




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Biblio Teca's curator insight, June 21, 1:24 AM

This article covers the use of many different content curation tools including

 

Storify

https://storify.com/

which Margie mentioned recently, that allows a narrative thread to be run through information collated and shared

 

Flipboard

https://flipboard.com/

 

Which allows you to be your own newspaper tycoon... well sort of!

 

 

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The Ideal Blogger's Workflow for Effectively Curating Online Content

The Ideal Blogger's Workflow for Effectively Curating Online Content | Content Curation World | Scoop.it
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What are the key steps that a blogger should follow to effectively curate content online?


Silvya Rosenthal Tolisano shares her personal workflow to curate content as a blogger, by highlighting the seven key steps she suggests to go through when preparing content for a blog, 


  1. Find & Acquire
  2. Select & Filter
  3. Group, Organize & Arrange
  4. Editorialize, Contextualize & Annotate
  5. Create, Present, Transform & Remix
  6. Engage & Customize
  7. Share 


and by reminding those already doing it

a) not to "copy - paste" entire long passages from articles "as they are", but to rather share short portions to which personal commentary, evaluation or extra value must be added,


b) not to confuse long list of links or resources, for which there is often very little verification and analysis, let alone commentary and added value, with curation.  


The key element of curation is adding value, not collecting large amount of items on a topic. That's what a collector does, not a curator. 



Useful. Informative. Great illustration. 8/10



Original article: http://langwitches.org/blog/2014/06/15/blogging-as-a-curation-platform/ 


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PaolaRicaurte's curator insight, June 19, 11:59 AM

An excellent perspective about blogging as content curation.

Biblio Teca's curator insight, June 21, 1:25 AM

More on CC incorporated with Blogging

 

christa appleton's curator insight, June 25, 6:18 AM

Great visual representation of blogging as curation

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Making Sense of the Internet Through a Gallery of Maps

Making Sense of the Internet Through a Gallery of Maps | Content Curation World | Scoop.it
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A good example of content curation at work is the Vox feature collection entitled "40 maps that explain the internet", which showcases in a highly digestible and visual format where the Internet came from, how it works, and how it's used by people around the world.


Although at first glance this may look just as a list of maps with descriptions, there's a lot of curation work that can be appreciated by looking just a bit beyond the surface. 

a) Titles and descriptions are well crafted, short, focused, but consistently clear and to the point. 


b) The 40 maps are intelligently organized into six different groups: 

  1. How the Internet was created
  2. The Internet around the world
  3. Threats to the Internet
  4. The geography of online services
  5. How America gets online
  6. How we use the Internet


c) Images of maps sourced from elsewhere are properly credited and linked. 


To the ignorant eye, this will look like "oh, just another collection of maps", but to the avid reader, scholar and to the curious enough to look beyond appearances, the value of this editorial work is on how it perfectly hides the amount of complexity and research work it has required while organizing and presenting an extremely clear and comprehensive body of valuable information on the chosen topic.


Curated by Timothy B. Lee together with editor Eleanor Barkhorn,

designer Uy Tieu and developer Yuri Victor.



A good example of curation at work. 8/10


Full feature: http://www.vox.com/a/internet-maps 





 

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Francisco Morfin's curator insight, June 9, 7:29 PM

Mapas sobre Internet en el mundo

Gonzalo Moreno's curator insight, June 10, 7:20 AM

40 mapas que explican INTERNET

Chulísimo!!

Mechanical Walking Space Man's curator insight, June 14, 7:27 AM

Mapping virtual experience…

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Online Film Boutique Curates Unique High-Quality Editions: The Criterion Collection

Online Film Boutique Curates Unique High-Quality Editions: The Criterion Collection | Content Curation World | Scoop.it
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The Criterion Collection is an online specialty shop that offers selected films that have been individually licensed, re-mastered to digital for highest quality (Blu-Ray) and bundled with unique additional materials including video interviews, uncut scenes, commentary tracks and additional features.


To give a practical example, you can find the recent Oscar winning The Great Beauty in a uniquely remastered 2K edition, bundled with:

  • New conversation between Sorrentino and Italian cultural critic Antonio Monda
  • New interview with actor Toni Servillo
  • New interview with screenwriter Umberto Contarello
  • Deleted scenes
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Phillip Lopate


Each film release at Criterion is a true work of curation: "Each film release has a producer who oversees the entire process, from restoration to supplemental features to packaging. The producer researches available materials, conceives of original supplements, and decides which features truly add value to the appreciation of the film."


Navigation and content discovery inside the Criterion Collection is facilitated by a set of curated galleries organized around 1) top 10 titles lists, 2) authors / directors, 3) themes / topics


At Criterion, you can also create your own online collections of favourite films, by selecting and saving your preferred ones into custom lists.


Criterion is a wonderful example of how much value can be added to existing content, even where, like in a film release, you would think that nothing, beyond the packaging can be added.



Free to explore, comment and contribute to. 


Check it out now: http://www.criterion.com/ 


Explore contents: http://www.criterion.com/explore 


FAQ: http://www.criterion.com/help#q1 

 




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Learning and Teaching with Content Curation: an Academic Introduction

A digital essay completed by Heather Bailie as part of the assessment requirements of #INF530 Concepts & Practices for a Digital Age.
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Heather Bailie, has done a good research and presentation job in pulling together, while using Storify as a content curation tool, key lines of thought, ideas and concepts relating to the basic use of content curation for learning and education.


Nonetheless the paper has a few shortcomings (namely incorrect attributions - Seek, Sense, Share is Harold Jarche's work not Beth Kanter's - and poorly vetted and organized curation tools list), there is also a lot of good information in it, as it is evident that the author has taken the time to read and go through lots of valuable material on the topic.


A good reference for educators new to content curation in academia and to students needing to familiarize themselves with this new topic. 


Comprehensive. 7/10


Full article: https://storify.com/hbailie/curation-as-a-tool-for-teaching-and-learning-1 


Reading time: 13'



See also:





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norbert boruett's curator insight, June 11, 4:51 AM

So powerful the strength of curation

Joaquín Ballester's curator insight, June 11, 9:06 AM

Flipped classroom

John Slifko's curator insight, June 11, 7:05 PM

More on content curation as a teaching tool. 

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Digital Curation Among Key Future Jobs: TheFutureShow with Gerd Leonhard

This is episode #3 of The Future Show (TFS) with Gerd Leonhard, season 1. Topics: In the future, most repetitive or machine-like tasks and jobs will be large...
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Media and technology futurist Gerd Leonhard outlines his vision of the future of work given the many profound changes shaping the planet during the coming decades.


Key highlights: 


  1. We will be able to offload tedious, repetitive work to computers and robots who will replace rapidly many of our present jobs

  2. At the same time entirely new jobs will be created - for example:
    Digital Curation 
    Social Engineering
    Artificial Intelligence Designers 

  3. We are moving to right-brain work-jobs - that is: storytelling, emotions, creativity and imagination, negotiation 

  4. Education prepares us by having us learn things that we may need later. But in most cases we don't need those things but we rather need to know how to learn new things.

  5. More craftmanship-type of jobs like cooks, makers, hackers, coders, will fluorish as computers-machines cannot replicate such skills (yet)



Original video: http://youtu.be/X-PnJblNJng 


Full episode page: http://thefutureshow.tv/episode-3/ 




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Miloš Bajčetić's curator insight, May 27, 1:40 AM

Very interesting video, but regarding point 3. that "We are moving to right-brain work-jobs" I must note there are no "right-brain" jobs. This left-right brain distinction is oversimplified neuromyth.

 

“The latest findings from the real neuroscience of creativity suggest that the right brain/left brain distinction does not offer us the full picture of how creativity is implemented in the brain.* Creativity does not involve a single brain region or single side of the brain.” (http://t.co/3l5nM7IsEi)

Stephen Dale's curator insight, May 28, 5:46 AM

The future of work. 

Bettina Ascaino's curator insight, June 9, 10:53 PM
Robin Good's insight:

 

 

Media and technology futurist Gerd Leonhardoutlines his vision of the future of work given the many profound changes shaping the planet during the coming decades.

 

Key highlights: 

 

We will be able to offload tedious, repetitive work to computers and robots who will replace rapidly many of our present jobs

At the same time entirely new jobs will be created - for example:
Digital Curation 
Social Engineering
Artificial Intelligence Designers 

We are moving to right-brain work-jobs - that is: storytelling, emotions, creativity and imagination, negotiation 

Education prepares us by having us learn things that we may need later. But in most cases we don't need those things but we rather need to know how to learn new things.

More craftmanship-type of jobs like cooks, makers, hackers, coders, will fluorish as computers-machines cannot replicate such skills (yet)

 

 

Original video: http://youtu.be/X-PnJblNJng ;

 

Full episode page: http://thefutureshow.tv/episode-3/ ;

 
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A Curated Collection of the Best Commencement Speeches, Ever

A Curated Collection of the Best Commencement Speeches, Ever | Content Curation World | Scoop.it
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Thanks to NPR, Cristina Negrut (author of graduationwisdom.com where many of these speeches were first collected) and a team of 7, The Best Commencement Speeches, Ever, a site devoted exclusively to collect, organize and give access to the most inspiring addresses ever given, has been born.


This curated collection contains over 300 speeches which go back all the way to 1774, and it is fully searchable both by name and by specific themes.


This work is a great example of how the essential work of simply organizing and presenting, even something that already exists, carries so much value. As a matter of fact, the collection does not contain any of the original speeches, but it links to the source where the speech was originally published or archived, while highlighting a key passage from it, providing key meta-data and making all speeches organized and searchable in one place.


Another excellent example of content curation at work.


Free to use. 


Check it out now: http://apps.npr.org/commencement/ 






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Joyce Valenza's curator insight, May 22, 9:25 AM

Great for analyzing history, current events and rhetoric!  See my post for more options: http://blogs.slj.com/neverendingsearch/2014/05/22/commencement-etc/

 

Sherryl Perry's curator insight, May 23, 11:38 AM

Great collection of speeches. Enjoy and be inspired.

Marji Gibbs's curator insight, May 23, 1:34 PM

Quotes and links to 300+ graduation speeches, some include videos