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The Curated Toolkit for iPad Owners: AppStart for iPad (2012 Edition) for iPad

Robin Good: I feel that curated selections of "apps" by a trusted source is definitely an area where people will be willing to pay to get good advice while saving time and money to choose what tools to use on their new iPad. 

 

The new interesting aspect is that the availability of different apps and software has 

increased so much that the ability for someone to provide reliable advice and selection of what is really useful and effective becomes by itself a valuable and monetizable service.

 

"AppStart is the first app to download on your iPad: An app starter kit with all the essential apps you'll ever need. 

AppStart takes a fresh and fun approach to teach the average Joe (or insert your name here) how to become more familiar with his/her iPad and apps. NO THIS IS NOT A BORING MANUAL. We’ll fill you on the basic things that everyone should know, and then get you started with the best apps for you. 

Throughout the app you’ll find special sections that tell you apps you'll need to turn your iPad into a specific kind of tool. You'll also be given a list of the essentials apps for certain types of user (lawyers, teachers, musicians, moms, dads, etc). If you see something that sounds interesting to you, click it! We’ll give you the exact set of apps to download and you’ll be on your way, no need to scour the top charts in the App Store."

 

Find out more: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/appstart-for-ipad-2012-edition/id408984648?mt=8 


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Video Curation: Auto-Create YouTube Video Playlists with Integrated Thumbnails

Video Curation: Auto-Create YouTube Video Playlists with Integrated Thumbnails | Health in Early Years - A Determinant | Scoop.it

Robin Good: YouTube has released new functionality that allows you to create an embeddable video playlist on any topic, or user ID while integrating thumbnails for all clips included.

 

Here is an example. Go to: http://www.youtube.com/embed/?listType=user_uploads&list=RobinGood&showinfo=1 and see an automatically created playlist of all my uploaded video clips.

 

And if you pass also the parameter, "showinfo=1", when creating the player, the list of video thumbnails will be permanently visible by clicking in the playlist icon appearing on the bottom right of the YouTube player.

 

If you want to embed such a playlist use this syntax:
 

**<iframe width="560" height="315"
src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/?listType=user_uploads&amp;list=RobinGood&amp;showinfo=1" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>***

 

and replace "RobinGood" with any YouTube user id.

 

Alternatively, replace listType=user with listType=search or listType=user_uploads to get specific terms searched and aggregated or to showcase all the uploads of a certain YouTube user.

 

Here is another example: http://www.youtube.com/embed/?listType=search&amp;list=news%20curation&amp;showinfo=1&nbsp;- here I have changed the listType to "search" and have used as query terms "news curation". Check the result.

 

More info: http://apiblog.youtube.com/2012/03/new-player-options-for-lists-of-videos.html ;

 

http://apiblog.youtube.com/2012/05/youtube-player-now-with-30-more.html  ;


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Search Sites Like... Similarities Engines: A Map of Search Engines To Find Similar and Alternative Sites

Search Sites Like... Similarities Engines: A Map of Search Engines To Find Similar and Alternative Sites | Health in Early Years - A Determinant | Scoop.it

Robin Good: If you are curating a special collection on services and tools in a specific industry, you may appreciate being able to find out easily other companies and services that operate in the same niche.

 

While I would tipically search for popular keywords relevant to that niche to find all the relevant companies in that space, a much faster and effective approach is the one of using one of the several search engines designed just for this very task.

 

Yes, you have read me right. There are now more than a dozen of search engines dedicated to distill for you sites, services and companies that are most "similar" to the one you suggest.

 

For this reason I have put together a small reference map highlighting these specific search engines and linking to each one of them.

 

Full map: http://bit.ly/similarities-searchengines  

 

(If you know of other ones please do not hesitate to let me know in the comments)


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Collect Any Type of Web Content Into Visual Collections with the New Bundlr

Collect Any Type of Web Content Into Visual Collections with the New Bundlr | Health in Early Years - A Determinant | Scoop.it

From Journalism.co.uk: "The content curation website Bundlr has just announced a new version of its service which allows for embedding of content from a wide range of sources.


By partnering with Embedly the site now supports over 200 sources of content, including Storify, Pinterest and Amazon, for users to add to their bundles.

 

Embedly is the service that the new version of Twitter uses to embed photographs and articles in your Twitter stream and is used by a host of other sites such as Reddit and Bitly and comes as a WordPress plugin.


While Bundlr was originally seen as an alternative to sites like Storify, which can be used to create stories from curated links and content, Bundlr's focus is now on creating a top-level resource for curated content around a story or topic."

 

(Source: Journalism.co.uk)

 

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Curative Thinkers and Solution Connectors

Curative Thinkers and Solution Connectors | Health in Early Years - A Determinant | Scoop.it

Robin Good: In the age of global, collective and crowdsourced interaction, many among us are starting to play the role of "connectors". We help like-minded people find each other, or good and complementary ideas to meet halfway. 

 

Here is an interesting take from Nick Kellet on the possible different types of "connectors" out there, among which he identifies also a "solution connector", or someone able to pull together different information, resources and ideas to tell a story or to cover an issue/topic like a museum curator would do.

 

From the original article: "Are you an Solution Connector? > CURATIVE THINKER

 

...A solution connector isn't someone who create new ideas per se, being curative is just a different kind of creative.

 

They think a little more like a museum curator – they tell a story.

 

Their special skill is deciding which bits to keep and which to remove. They put together a Solution or an Exhibit. They let the whole idea tell a story. They assemble.

 

...Another metaphor is standing on the shoulders of giants. I watched this done brilliantly by Dave Kellogg whilst at Business Objects. Dave is a master of assembling ideas from across the gene pool and then crafting a wonderful story.


For me I’ve learned that Curation is far more effective and far more scalable than Creative Thinking.

 

...Curation Thinking is on the rise."

 

Full article: http://www.nickkellet.com/2012/01/what-do-you-connect-naturally-people-ideas-or-risks/ ;


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Craig Fleming's comment, June 5, 2012 10:44 AM
Just the kind of thing I had been seeking to make the academic theatre experience more attractive.
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Create an RSS Feed for Any Facebook Group or Page: Wallflux

Create an RSS Feed for Any Facebook Group or Page: Wallflux | Health in Early Years - A Determinant | Scoop.it

Robin Good: Wallflux is a tool which helps you to export Facebook Page and Group Walls to RSS 2.0 feeds, which you can then subscribe to in your RSS reader / aggregator for final curation.

 

Wallflux works for Facebook Groups, Pages and Events and Users.

 

"When you need to import Facebook group posts, comments & images into your blog, Wallflux is the service of choice with custom #atom-feeds."

 

Wallflux also integrates a search feature which allows you to search right inside those Facebook Pages ad Groups.

 

P.S.: Due to privacy settings, Wallflux does not work out of the box for closed or secret Facebook Groups., but with a small action from your side (adding the service to the group) you can access those Wallflux-feeds just like those of regular Facebook Groups.

Note: To prevent abuse there is a charge €5 in handling to enable your closed or secret group.

 

Wallflux is free.

 

Find out more: http://www.wallflux.com/ ;


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Curated Email Newsletters: An Excellent Reputation-Building Strategy and a Great Value for Your Subscribers

Curated Email Newsletters: An Excellent Reputation-Building Strategy and a Great Value for Your Subscribers | Health in Early Years - A Determinant | Scoop.it

Robin Good: One of the best ways to provide valuable content to your fans and potential customers is to serve them a periodical digest of some really precious gems. Few and very good.

 

This approach is the opposite of what most companies do when it comes to sending out email updates. They direct all of their effort at promoting their own news and stories, but often these are not worth much in the eye of the reader. 

 

Selecting instead some quality resources, few and very good, and serving them periodically to your subscribers can be an excellent strategy to gain reputation, trust and authority.

Here a few good examples to inspire yourself:
http://www.business2community.com/online-marketing/curated-email-campaigns-that-entice-subscribers-0192390 ;

 


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Find and Curate Great Original Content On Your Site and Social Media with Scribit

Robin Good: Scribit is more of a content marketing platform than a content curation tool, making it very easy to find and republish full-form licensed content from prestigious sources on your web site and favorite social media channels.

 

Scribit excels in its ability to provide instantly quality content by tapping into content sources that it has partnered with, and in making it a one-click operation the sharing and re-posting of these onto your favotite social media channels (for now these are Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIN).

 

Since Scribit actually provides with a full license to republish not just excerpts but full content articles from its partner sources, the pricing runs from a minimum of $50/month for a site with up to 500 monthly visitors to the $500 of one that gets 8,000 visitors or more. 

 

Pricing info: http://www.scribit.com/plans-and-pricing&nbsp;

 

From the official press release: "Scribit is a web-based content curation service that enables businesses and brands to collect, publish and intelligently share quality and relevant content from across the Web without leaving the company’s digital properties. Scribit maintains publishing relationships within the industry including Business Insider, Discovery, Forbes, Inc., and TVGuide.com"

 

Check also this short review on Strategic-Planet: http://www.strategic-planet.com/2012/04/scribit-a-product-review/&nbsp;

 

More info: http://www.scribit.com/&nbsp;

 

Free trial sign-up: https://www.scribit.com/app/signup&nbsp;


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Evidence shows how childhood obesity can be prevented | The Cochrane Collaboration

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Healthy eating starts with what goes in the pantry: Rowntree

Healthy eating starts with what goes in the pantry: Rowntree | Health in Early Years - A Determinant | Scoop.it
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Lifting an unfair burden from Generation Next

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Fostering self-esteem leads to healthier body image

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News Discovery Tool Positions Itself as Personal Research Assistant: Squirro

Giuseppe Mauriello reports: "Squirro creates a living collection of content that’s updated continuously and automatically in a simple, elegant digest that can be shared with colleagues and friends.

 

More specific than search and broader than feeds, Squirro scans multiple sources to find the most relevant information on topics of interest and includes tools to clip, save and share."

 

From the official website: "Squirro is your personal digital research assistant. Squirro curates the most relevant content from multiple sources and delivers it in a living collection you can really harvest and share. Squirro filters out the noise to give you the content that matters most."

 

Right now Squirro is open only to invitations.

 

Check out the "Introducing Squirro" video: http://vimeo.com/42116416

 

Request an invite here: http://squirro.com

 


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Mo Hall's comment, May 29, 2012 5:10 PM
Just signed up for the beta invite, looks interesting, hope it don't take 2 months to get it (LOL). Let us know what you think.
digitalassetman's comment, May 30, 2012 12:27 PM
Looks like a nice idea ... However, signing up for the beta with an email address is fine. Then they want you to spam your contacts before you even get a chance to see how it works.

Then an email follow up which states the following "The more of your friends sign up, the higher you jump in the waiting list queue"

#fail ... but thanks for sharing
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Digitalassetman I fully share your frustration. :-) Ridicolous ways of marketing a service.
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Clip, Tag and Collect Any Image or Text From The Web with Glue

Clip, Tag and Collect Any Image or Text From The Web with Glue | Health in Early Years - A Determinant | Scoop.it

Robin Good: Glue is a web app which makes it extremely easy to "clip" any text, image or combination of both from any web page while saving it for you in a tag-based visual board.

 

Collected items can be easily shared on your Twitter channel.

 

As of now Glue works only through a Google Chrome browser extension.

 

Free to use.

 

 More info: http://incredibleglue.com/ ;


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The Collage Tells The Story and The Curator Skillset That's Yet To Come

The Collage Tells The Story and The Curator Skillset That's Yet To Come | Health in Early Years - A Determinant | Scoop.it

Robin Good: Krishna Bharat, creator of Google News and now Principle Scientist at Google, spoke at the News World Summit in Bangalore, India.

 

His focus was on the future of news and on the impotance of curation as well as on what the news will look and "feel" like.

 

He rightly suggests to news teams to "provide guides to content", not just new content and to deliver information in ways that entice the reader in multiple ways, while providing lots of good and well referenced information. 

 

Excerpted from the original Poynter.org article: "As consumers have access to vast troves of news information from all over the world, Bharat urged news editorial teams to provide a guide to content, not just produce content.

 

“Creation and curation should be the fundamental activities for your editorial team,” he said.


Bharat said news in the future will become more of an app-like experience, as users adapt the experience to themselves, and as newsrooms provide a more multi-dimensional experience that includes more images and maps.

 

“The collage tells the story.

 

This will create a skill set that doesn’t exist yet.”

 

And also:

 

"The winning experience of the future is fast, tactile, original content, with access to many reputable sources in an appealing narrative form,” Bharat said.

 

“It is delivered in an appealing, narrative form, encompasses a broader definition of news, and involves audiences with a stake in the story or with expertise."

 

Must-read. 9/10

 

Full article: http://www.poynter.org/latest-news/top-stories/175859/krishna-bharat-news-industry-futuremust-hire-restless-agents-of-change/ ;

(Image credit: http://www.niceamazingpictures.com


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David Salahi's comment, June 2, 2012 12:12 PM
Brain Pickings (http://www.brainpickings.org/) is a site that exemplifies these principles.
Beth Kanter's comment, June 2, 2012 12:42 PM
Thanks for curating this article. I'm also noticing the rise of data visualization as a skill for journalists (and others) - might add that creation, curation, AND visualization should be the fundamental activities .... and when I say visualization - not just pretty pictures, but insights. http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2012/may/31/data-journalism-awards-winners
janlgordon's comment, June 2, 2012 1:53 PM
Thank you for this amazing piece and for your great insights!
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Pinterest Launches Curated Newsletters

Pinterest Launches Curated Newsletters | Health in Early Years - A Determinant | Scoop.it
Pinterest has rolled out a newsletter that emails users curated content.

 

From Mashable: "Users on Pinterest usually have to seek interesting content for themselves, but a new feature quietly rolled out today drives them to even more personalized content.


...many users are sure to appreciate Pinterest’s new weekly email newsletter, making it easier to find even more great pins and helping them keep tabs on how their own pins are doing.


Mimicking the website’s pinboard style, each pin or board in the email is linked to the website, but users are unable to re-pin or like a post directly from the newsletter.

 

The newsletter lists a few popular boards, pins from friends that might be of interest and a useful feature for brands especially: your most popular pins of the week."

 

Full article: http://mashable.com/2012/06/02/pinterest-curated-newsletter/ ;

 

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Curation Tools: The Top10 Timeline Builders Compared

Curation Tools: The Top10 Timeline Builders Compared | Health in Early Years - A Determinant | Scoop.it

Robin Good: Here is a great comparison table for ten different timeline building tools which allow you to create curated collections, documents, reports and stories built around the relationship of events, facts and images on a timeline.

 

Thanks to Fien Danniau for putting this together.

 

Excellent. 8/10

 

Comparison chart: http://www.ipg.ugent.be/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Digital-Timelines_comparison-chart.jpg&nbsp;

 

http://www.ipg.ugent.be/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Digitale-tijdlijnen-vergelijkingstabel.pdf&nbsp;


Full article: http://www.ipg.ugent.be/10-digital-timelines&nbsp;


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Making Sense of a Large Research Library: Curate Your References and Papers with Mendeley

Robin Good: Mendeley is a cross-platform research tool, which can help you tap into a vast online library of over 30 academic paper databases, while helping you "curate" your own library of references, bibliographies and reference documents.

 

From the official site: Mendeley is a free reference manager and academic social network that can help you organize your research, collaborate with others online, and discover the latest research available.

 

Key features:

 

-> Generate citations and bibliographies in Microsoft Word, OpenOffice, and LaTeX.


-> Open PDFs and capture your thoughts through sticky notes and highlights.


-> Import and organize PDFs from your computer, EndNote™, Papers or Zotero.


-> Collaborate with colleagues and securely share your papers, notes and annotations.


-> Access your papers on the web, iPhone or iPad.


-> Discover papers, people and public groups.

 

Compare with other research tools: http://www.mendeley.com/compare-mendeley/ ;


Download: http://www.mendeley.com/download-mendeley-desktop/ (available for Mac, PC, Linux and iOS)

 

Video tutorials: http://www.mendeley.com/videos-tutorials/ ;

Find out more: http://www.mendeley.com/ ;


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Charles Rein's comment, June 8, 2012 11:42 AM
I used to be in Awe in Syracuse University Libraries (5) the amount of information available at your finger tips. The Internet and software tools make the World at our fingertips
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Curate Learning Playlists with MentorMob

Robin Good: MentorMob is a content curation platform which makes it easy to create "learning paths" by assembling sequences of web content pages on a specific topic.

 

From PandoDaily: "MentorMob is one company looking to turn content experts into teachers.

 

The Web app created by college friends Kris Chinosorn and Vince Leung lets you curate collections of information within a playlist that conveys a lesson plan around a single topic.

...

 

MentorMob divides its playlists into 12 subject categories including technology, health, and art. 

 

They provide playlists for teachers, as well as standard school subjects such as math, science, and social studies.

 

More specific topics, called “mobs,” covered within the subjects, range from learning Photoshop to home brewing beer, to entrepreneurship.

 

Content is contributed by volunteer editors, who tend to be hobbyists and enthusiasts."

 

Source: http://pandodaily.com/2012/06/08/mentormob-gets-an-interface-redesign-to-make-learning-more-addictive/

 

 

Find out more: http://www.mentormob.com/splash/about&nbsp;

 

Try it out now: http://www.mentormob.com/&nbsp;


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Fears of over-diagnosis

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Three-year-olds will be screened for early signs of mental illness in a new federal government program.
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