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Learning to find, evaluate and use digital information effectively, efficiently and ethically.
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I Liked Everything I Saw on Facebook for Two Days. Here’s What It Did to Me | Gadget Lab | WIRED

I Liked Everything I Saw on Facebook for Two Days. Here’s What It Did to Me | Gadget Lab | WIRED | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
I like everything. Or at least I did, for 48 hours. Literally everything Facebook sent my way, I liked---even if I hated it.
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What's the sound of one thumb rising?


I hear a man trapped in filter bubbles, drowning in a torrent of robot generated 'news'.  


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Lourense Das's curator insight, August 13, 7:29 AM

What does it mean - "like" on FB? Check this article and you will find out. #facebook #filterbubble #advertising

gwynethjones's curator insight, August 13, 10:35 PM

FASCINATING experiment! - Reason # 201 why I broke up w/ FB!

The Daring Librarian: Dear Facebook, We Need to Talk

Sue Osborne's curator insight, August 14, 6:57 PM

Having recently "signed off" from Facebook again for a while, I totally relate to this!

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Web 2.0 Expo NY: Clay Shirky (shirky.com) It's Not Information Overload. It's Filter Failure.

Watch Web 2.0 Expo NY: Clay Shirky (shirky.com) It's Not Information Overload. It's Filter Failure. from Web2Expo right now on Blip
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Curation was not a hot topic back in 2008 when Clay Shirky observed, "It's not information overload. It's filter failure." 


Now curation is becoming a way for indidividuals to share their expert interests and for all of us to assemble an expert's gallery of human curated topics that we want to follow. 


Is curation, the answer to the 'fact' of information overload? 

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Deborah Welsh's curator insight, April 1, 2013 7:50 PM

How low is the filter for quality bar now? Do we live in a world of filter failure?

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Will the personalised Web destroy discovery?

Will the personalised Web destroy discovery? | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

While the personalised web has potential, it will only really work if we have an actual, human element behind it, surfacing the best content or influencing an ad algorithm based on expertise and experience.


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If we consciously mix our information filters will the resulting bubbles surface new content or get in the way of serendipitous discovery?

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Joyan's curator insight, April 28, 2013 7:57 AM

e-learning and discovery

Anu Ojaranta's curator insight, May 4, 2013 3:48 PM

Suuntaus, mille ei voi mitään? 

Jenn Alevy's comment, May 7, 2013 10:51 PM
Great question, I miss having things pop up that I had never seen before. That is the joy and wonder of the internet.
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Reduce Information Noise Through Social Curation and Collaborative Discovery: Calm Technology

Reduce Information Noise Through Social Curation and Collaborative Discovery: Calm Technology | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

Robin Good: Among the five digital trends presently shaping the consumer experience economy, according to Macala Wright who first wrote about this on Mashable, there is one that has as its key objective the reduction of "information noise", distractions and approaches to digital communication that make it harder to grasp and understand a message or to complete a key task one is after.


It reads like there is more to information curation than people scanning feeds and selecting relevant items to write about.


From the original article I have extracted a few passages: "Calm technology refers to applications that cut down on the digital noise of high-volume data to show the user only enough information that he or she needs to complete a task.


...It refers to technologies that do not disrupt our workflow.


The whole idea is to reduce distractions to our work flow without losing functionality.


Calm technology fights against many of the principles of digital marketing: instead of screaming for attention with flashing banner ads, technologies and applications politely take a backseat to the user’s primary focus...


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Examples of calm technology can be found in the growing popularity of social curation and discovery.


Social product discovery sites such as Lyst, Mulu.Me, Buyosphere, Svpply and Discoveredd are essentially social filters that enable their communities to curate the products that are most relevant to them.


Moreover, the rise of interest networks and the idea of following someone who has similar likes and shared interest topics are examples of the principles of calm technology driving user behavior.


Google Circles, Pinterest and Chime.In, even location apps such as Sonar, Glancee and Highlight, can all be classified under the “term interest network.”


Excellent reading. 8/10


Full article: http://fashionablymarketing.me/2012/06/digital-trends-consumer-experience-economy/ 


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Infographic: Reining in the information deluge

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Intelligent Information Laboratory @ Northwestern University - About Us

Intelligent Information Laboratory @ Northwestern University - About Us | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

The InfoLab is about removing friction from people's lives. Our goal is to make sure that people get to the information they need, even when they might not know it, before they even have to ask for it. Our mission is simple: No matter where you are, no matter what you are doing, no matter what you are thinking; we will get you to your heart's desire.

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Five Forms of Filtering « Innovation Leadership Network

Five Forms of Filtering « Innovation Leadership Network | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
We create economic value out of information when we figure out an effective strategy that includes aggregating, filtering and connecting.

 

"So, the real question is, how do we design filters that let us find our way through this particular abundance of information? And, you know, my answer to that question has been: the only group that can catalog everything is everybody. One of the reasons you see this enormous move towards social filters, as with Digg, as with del.icio.us, as with Google Reader, in a way, is simply that the scale of the problem has exceeded what professional catalogers can do. But, you know, you never hear twenty-year-olds talking about information overload because they understand the filters they’re given. You only hear, you know, forty- and fifty-year-olds taking about it, sixty-year-olds talking about because we grew up in the world of card catalogs and TV Guide. And now, all the filters we’re used to are broken and we’d like to blame it on the environment instead of admitting that we’re just, you know, we just don’t understand what’s going on."Publish

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This is a delicious post, Dennis. So right on.
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Chaptur

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Chaptur - Be There as it Happens...A search engine for breaking news.

 

This news gathering site delivers the freshest interational new streams on you the topics you follow.  

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Personal Knowledge Management

Personal Knowledge Management | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

Standard document management methods have been shown to fail over the years, as most workers do not personally adopt them. Developing good network learning skills, on the other hand, can aid in observing, thinking and using information and knowledge. Learning in networks also prepares the mind to be open to new ideas and can result in “enhanced serendipity.”


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K Gawali's curator insight, July 2, 5:48 AM

Simple advice- Like it!

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Pipes: Rewire the web

Pipes: Rewire the web | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

This looks like an information addict's sandbox. Watch the video and begin to scheme on how to build your own customized filters for the information flow. ~ Dennis


Pipes is a powerful composition tool to aggregate, manipulate, and mashup content from around the web.


Like Unix pipes, simple commands can be combined together to create output that meets your needs:


  • combine many feeds into one, then sort, filter and translate it.
  • Geocode your favorite feeds and browse the items on an interactive map.
  • power widgets/badges on your web site.
  • grab the output of any Pipes as RSS, JSON, KML, and other formats.
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Distorted world view: how computers are doing our thinking for us

Distorted world view: how computers are doing our thinking for us | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
Algorithms are dictating much of what we are shown on the internet - but is this a good thing? Ben Grubb delves into the secret world to find out.


Algorithms are now regularly applied to many web platforms so they can make decisions for us. For instance, social networks such as Facebook and search engines such as Google use them to display content they think we want to be shown, based on profiling.

Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/technology/technology-news/distorted-world-view-how-computers-are-doing-our-thinking-for-us-20130413-2hs9x.html#ixzz2QPElXeIi


But what are we missing out on when algorithms decide what we should consume? That's a question author Eli Pariser tried to answer in his 2011 book The Filter Bubble: What the Internet Is Hiding from You. In it he points out that the formation of filter bubbles on the web could be harmful, especially if internet users are not aware of their existence.

Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/technology/technology-news/distorted-world-view-how-computers-are-doing-our-thinking-for-us-20130413-2hs9x.html#ixzz2QPFIJ800

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The danger in the bubble scneario is that the user is unaware of the filter effect. This could lead to distortion of the searchers perceptions by a hidden algorithms.


The answer to all this is to use multiple sources of information and to look to human curated information as often as you depend on search results from the likes of Google or Facebook.  

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Robin Good: The Need for Online Curation

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Robin Good helps define the curation landscape.  He makes a case for 'niche' curators; folks who are particularly informed about a narrow field of study.  


Those of you who follow Robin's work will enjoy this shor clip.

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Infobesity Epidemic

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Information Is Like Food.. There Is A Right Amount
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8 Surefire Ways to Thrive Despite Information Overwhelm

8 Surefire Ways to Thrive Despite Information Overwhelm | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

Jason W. Womack wrote this article for all of us,  who struggle with information overload. I selected it because.......

 

To be a good content curator, the first step is knowing how to harness your attention, to be able to filter, focus, and find the best and be able to leave the rest

 

**It's important to keep refining your daily habits and the author has some great suggestions on how to do that.

 

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Jason Womack warns "in the age of information overload, when it comes to what we have time to focus on, we are often forced to sacrifice quality for quantity.

 

Here's what caught my attention:

 

**Stop multi-tasking

When you multi-task, you can't give your undivided attention the the things you're working on.

 

**Set a timer for 15-minute intervals

Womack says that our days are actually made up of about 100 15-minute intervals. In fact 15 minutes is just about the right "chunk" of time for us to be able to stay focused, minimize interruptions and work effectively

 

**Know when you're not focused and implement ways to refocus

When you're working with your timer, write down eah instance when you lose focus-even if it's just to look at a clock to see what time it is.

 

**Carry a camera with you

Carrying a camera with you is actually a great way to become more in tune with your environment.

 

**I do this one and it really helps bring me into the present moment

 

**Listen more

There are three different learning styles: visual, auditory and kinesthetic. Everyone in your network falls into one of these categories.

 

**(very important tip, when you're not talking and focusing your attention here, it's an amazing experience on so many levels)

 

Curated by Jan Gordon, covering "Content Curation, Social Business and Beyond"

 

Read full article here: [http://bit.ly/xoqha6]


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Fantastic article - thanks for finding
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ifttt / Put the internet to work for you.

ifttt / Put the internet to work for you. | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

I'm fascinated with knowlege filtering.  I want to be able to control and customize the channels of information I receive.  The flip side of this is to be able to control where that information goes. 

 

IFTTT (If this then that) is a simple way to construct your own broad cast system. Almost everything your write or read can be automatically sent to one of the many social systems triggered by this system. 

 

This kind of communication is like a customized pinball machine for your interests. Pull the trigger once and you communicate with a wide audience.  There are many more social systems connected to IFTTT than just those in the graphic above. Try it? I certainly am.~ Dennis

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Eli Pariser: Beware online "filter bubbles" | Video on TED.com

TED Talks As web companies strive to tailor their services (including news and search results) to our personal tastes, there's a dangerous unintended consequence: We get trapped in a "filter bubble" and don't get exposed to information that could...
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Students Becoming Curators of Information? | Langwitches Blog

Students Becoming Curators of Information? | Langwitches Blog | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

“Quality” curation takes higher level thinking skills. It requires responsibility towards your network who rely on you to filter information on a specific topic. Curation requires the ability to organize, categorize, tag and know how to make the content available to others and to be able to format and disseminate it via various platforms.

How can we take advantage of Collective Curation?


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Eight steps to thriving on information overload | Trends in the Living Networks

Eight steps to thriving on information overload | Trends in the Living Networks | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

Information Overload – Problem or Opportunity?

“We have for the first time an economy based on a key resource [information] that is not only renewable, but self-generating. Running out of it is not a problem, but drowning in it is.” John Naisbitt, author of Megatrends. 

 

Information overload is a fact of life for company directors, senior managers, and all professionals. Information is coming in from all sides in the form of reports, memos, newspapers, journals, and letters, and now the advent of e-mail and Internet has turned the torrent into a flood.

 

How can directors cope with the onslaught? Or rather, since we are businesspeople, it seems the question should be how can we turn the reality of the new business environment into an opportunity and a competitive advantage?

 

“The competitiveness of firms will reflect the way their businesses receive and process information to create intelligence.” John Prescott, Chief Executive, BHP.

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10x10 / 100 Words and Pictures that Define the Time / by Jonathan J. Harris

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Here's another automated flash based filter tool that trolls the Internet for image and associate stories drawn with a linguistic sifting of keywords from the latest newsfeeds.  ~ Dennis


10x10 ('ten by ten') is an interactive exploration of the words and pictures that define the time.


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Every hour, 10x10 scans the RSS feeds of several leading international news sources, and performs an elaborate process of weighted linguistic analysis on the text contained in their top news stories. After this process, conclusions are automatically drawn about the hour's most important words. The top 100 words are chosen, along with 100 corresponding images, culled from the source news stories.


At the end of each day, month, and year, 10x10 looks back through its archives to conclude the top 100 words for the given time period. In this way, a constantly evolving record of our world is formed, based on prominent world events, without any human input.

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Finding signal: Humans vs. Machines Through Curation

Finding signal: Humans vs. Machines Through Curation | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

With all of this noise, humans face the seemingly-impossible task of finding a signal.

Currently, we deal with this information overload in two ways.

 

One modern method of dealing with this problem is through algorithmic filtering. Google, Facebook, and many other companies have algorithms that sort our information and present us with what they think is important to us. That’s why if two people search for the same thing on Google at the same time, they will most likely get different results depending on where they are located and who they are. This is useful, but as Eli Pariser mentioned in his TED Talk, can lead to dangerous filter bubbles where people do not have access to information that could be valuable to them. It is important to note that what is being filtered out by the algorithms is potentially just as important as what is shown.

 

Although machines and algorithms are helping us navigate this new flow of information, the way we previously dealt with large amounts of information was through curation. Today, curation is especially important as it adds a human element to the digital data we are bombarded with daily....

[read full article and watch video http://j.mp/p4evj4]


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