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Robin Good: Doctors, who are passionate scholars of their area of expertise, could become better expert resource hubs for anyone needing help on that topic than traditional search engines like Google.
Jason Berek-Lewis, founder and author of Healthy Startups, writes: "...we now have access to more information than at any time in our history. But, how much of the health information online is trustworthy?
A 2010 study conducted in the United Kingdom found that only 39 percent of sampled health websites provided accurate information (see http://www.bupa.com.au/staticfiles/Bupa/HealthAndWellness/MediaFiles/PDF/LSE_Report_Online_Health.pdf).
The large volume of dubious online health information provides a unique opportunity for medical professionals to create a new role for themselves in the information economy.
He cites then this valuable passage:
"The web now puts nearly infinite amount of information at the finger tips of our parents/patients.
...This puts them in an excellent position to curate, manage, filter and organize the information that is on the web.
...by embracing the web as pediatric curators, pediatricians have the potential to procure the best healthcare related information on the web and share it with their network.
Source: Brandon Betancourt writing on http://www.kevinmd.com
Doctors have an opportunity to use this position of trust to become the new curators of health information.
Doctors who understand curation, who know how to use social bookmarking tools like Pinterest, who know where to find the best and most relevant information will be the ones who add real value to care of their patients..."
KF: I suppose by extrapolation this could also translate to any of the health professions and beyond into any professional domain. Who are the knowledge keepers and curators in your professional arena?
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Slices is a gorgeous new Twitter app for iPhone, iPod Touch, Android, and Web with a cutting edge design, loads of features, and remarkable speed and responsiveness.
KF: Slices is the latest addition to OneLouder's suite of social media tools. The application is available as a web based tool, an app on most mobile platforms. One of the key features of the tool is that it allows you to manage the data streams that you receive from Twitter. Effectively giving you the capability to curate your Twtter feeds. The ability to sync across platforms means you can walk away from your desktop and climb on the bus with your mobile devcie and pick-up reading where you left off... FREE and potentially very useful for filtering your news...
Content curation is the collection and sharing of content such as websites, news articles, blogs, videos, pictures, tweets and any other information that you can find on the web. The term curation is not new (art galleries and museums have been 'curating' for ages) but with the ever increasing amount of information on the web it has become a popular and very useful way to 'harvest', collect, select, and manage and disseminate(share) the information that you want to keep.
Much of what is here on Studyvibe has been 'curated' from hundreds of different sources and brought together for you. If you had to go and find all of the information that is on this website it would take you hundreds of hours.
Robin Good: Springpad is both a web and a mobile app that you can use to curate visual collections on any topic.
Unlike Pinterest and similar visual boards, Springpad allows you to add just about any type of content to a collection while it auto-enriches it everytime possible with additional contextual information.
For example if you include a book or a movie into a collection Springpad will gather and display relevant information next to it (author, description, reviews, where to buy it, etc.).
Springpad boards are called "notebooks" and they can be personalized in their look, and made private or public. You can also invite additional contributors and offer a customized providing different views of your collection.
Content can be added to a "notebook" via standard bookmarklet or by using an internal search feature which gathers all types of relevant content.
Works right in your browser and in your favorite smartphone or tablet (iOS and Android).
Free to use.
Download for iOS: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/springpad/id360116898?mt=8
Download for Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.springpad&hl=en
More info: http://springpad.com/
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Robin Good: If you are looking for new RSS feeds of quality news sources to curate your own newsradar, the RSS Search Engine by Digital Inspiration may come to the rescue.
From the official site: "The RSS search engine will help you discover the most popular feeds on the web around your favorite topics. You may find blogs, news websites, podcasts, Twitter accounts and more."
Try it out now: http://ctrlq.org/rss/ ;
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Digital curation has grown rapidly on the Internet and there has been strong uptake in all fields of education. Many academics see curation of their subject matter expertise as a passion to be shared with their students and similarly interested people via the Internet. This newsletter will introduce the concept of academic digital curation and explain how to use one of the available tools to start your curation collection.
Robin Good: Data (or Digital) Curation, is an academic/scientific discipline dedicated to preserve, organize and collect digital documents and other electronic artifacts for archival, re-use and repurposing objectives.
Check: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Data_curation and
The importance of Data Curation can be easily underestimated as it may appear, to the casual viewer, as an arid, tedious document archival job.
In reality, Digital Curation efforts are of great value to the preservation of important cultural documents and data for future researchers who will want to access, in some organized way, the data-information-artifacts of our time. In addition, the data curation practices and guidelines developed by academic and research institutions can also be of value and inspiration to other types of curation work, that may adopt, emulate or innovate upon them.
University of Arizona – Digital Information Management
University of Illinois – Data Curation Education Program
University of North Carolina – DigCCurr University of Virginia – Scientific Data Consulting
Digital Curation Centre Digital Curation Exchange International Journal of Digital Curation Purdue-UIUC Data Curation Profiles Project
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Robin Good: Eventifier offers an easy way to auto-collect and organize all of the video, photos, tweets, slides and other social "artifacts" shared online about a specific event.
To make its "magic" Eventifier taps into reference hastags that you provide when registering an event, and other relevant meta-info, like the location, type and place of event you want to "curate".
Eventifier provides also a live dashboard to enable you to interact and respond to all this incoming media from one central location.
From the official site: "We all are interested in Events and to know about all the happenings in and around the events. Who were the speakers? What were the tweets for the event? Shared pictures & videos and what were the slides for the various sessions?
However this dataflow is scattered; searching, finding and storing this information in the vastness of internet is broken to us. These data are very random; hard to find and sort.
Eventifier was born from this annoyance. We thrive to make your information flow and archiving of event data effortless."
See examples: http://eventifier.co/events/ ;
Try it out: http://eventifier.co/
KF: This new tool has the potential to transform social science classes, journalism and other courses that have events at their core.
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Given the unprecedented quantity of information learners are exposed to, the librarian’s role is more important than ever. Librarians help all students gain access to, evaluate, ethically use, create, share, and synthesize information.
Presenters at Alan November’s Building Learning Communities conference described how librarians today must curate, foster citizenship, forge connections—and more
The following curation tools were referenced during the presentation: Diigo, LiveBinders, Paper.Li, Pinterest, PearlTrees, Posterous, Scoop.It, Sqworl, Storify, Symbaloo.
KF: Curation is presented as a key competency for contemporary school librarians, as much as it a key skill they need to foster in the students they work with. Invoking Levy's "knowledge citizens" the presenters suggest that contribution to collective knowledge is an essential trait to be developed in learners.
From Technorati.com :
"It is really about how the cyber world is changing and shaping the needs and expectations which have evolved beyond mere key word search and how services like Scoop.it will meet those because Google won’t."
In this vibrant praise of Scoop.it, blogger Shred Pillai points out the changes we're seeing in the way we look for information. From basic search, we now look more and more for meaning and context from human experts. And this is what Scoop.it is curation is all about.
This article was also published on the Huffington Post and on Shred's blog, the Lasting Rose.
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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Robin Good: If you want to question your well-established assumptions about how we may want to satisfy our insatiable craving for news in the age of filters, algorithms and personalization, this is an article I highly recommend you to read.
Jonathan Stray, on NiemanLab, looks into a tough question: assuming we really need to keep ourselves updated via the news, in this age of superabundance of information, "who should see, what, when?".
In his effort, he does an excellent job of clarifying two very critical points, that both journalists and media tend to easily overlook when they try to look at the future of news journalism and its business models:
1) There is more than one audience.
2) The news isn't just what's new.
"...journalism came to believe that only new events deserved attention, and that consuming small, daily, incremental updates is the best way to stay informed about the world.
Piecemeal updates don’t work for complex stories.
Wikipedia rapidly filled the explanatory gap, and the journalism profession is now rediscovering the explainer and figuring out how to give people the context they need to understand the news."
Indeed the context and the level of personalization does determine the usefulness and value of any news service to its end users. Thus,
as he rightly writes, "Journalism could be a reference guide to the present, not just a stream of real-time events." and it is hard not to agree with such a vision.
Mr Stray suggests then the use of three specific criteria to identify which news we should be exposed to. He writes: "Three key words should determine who gets served what: Interest, effects, and agency" and then provides a detailed explanation of the "why" behind these.
Finally, he goes on to suggest that: "...we’ll need a combination of human curators, social media, and sophisticated filtering algorithms to make personalized feeds possible for everyone.
Yet the people working on news personalization systems have mostly been technologists who have viewed story selection as a sort of clickthrough-optimization problem.
If we believe that news has a civic role — that it is something at least somewhat distinct from entertainment and has purposes other than making money — then we need more principled answers to the question of who should see what when."
I agree wholeheartedly.
Must read. 9/10
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A collaborative map of great examples of content curation at work in education.
KF: This Mindomo presentation is worth seeing siomply for the way that it represents its topic. The tool itself can be used fro curation and live presentation; the examples offered are quality examples of curation on a variety of platforms.
Robin Good: Here is a good example of video curation at work. CoFounder.tv is a video web site curating only the best and most inspiring entrepreneurship video clips. From startuppers, to investors and VCs, the growing collection strives to bring together a variety of viewpoints from those who have been there.
The curated video site is maintained by Rony El-Nashar, a VC at Dubai based SeedStartup, a startup accelerator and seed venture fund that invests in early-stage startups from all around the world.
He writes: "My goal with Cofounder TV is to build a resource that educates and inspires entrepreneurs globally."
Right on track. A pioneering example of what you are going to see in place of blogs soon. 9/10
Check it out: http://cofounder.tv/
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A community resource guide to data curation in the digital humanities...
This is the first stop on your way to mastering the essentials of data curation for the humanities. The Guide offers concise, expert introductions to key topics, including annotated links to important standards, articles, projects, and other resources.
The DH Curation Guide grew out of a needs analysis study of data curation at digital humanities centers conducted by the Data Curation Education Program for the Humanities (DCEP-H) at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS), University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, which has been generously funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (RE-05-08-0062-08). In the course of interviewing directors and senior-level staff of centers engaged in digital research in the humanities, project team members identified a clear need for a collection of reviewed, trusted resources for basic information on issues related to data curation. The DH Curation Guide is an initial contribution toward meeting that need.
KF: This is an interesting academic document about curation. I can see the next big step will be for it to reflect the shift in digital curation technologies and look at the crowdsourcing approaches that are evolving.
Robin Good: Start this video clip at 1':42" (up to 3':30") and you can get a pretty good idea of what a content curator does and why what he does has so much to do with sense-making, making things understandable for others and ultimately extracting contextualized "meaning" from information "as is".
Must-see. Excellent. 9/10
P.S.: Thanks to Howard Rheingold for spotting this clip and sharing it.
Original clip: http://youtu.be/A625Yh6v6uQ
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