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Hartmut Rosa on Social Acceleration and Time

"Renowned social theorist Hartmut Rosa talks about social acceleration in modernity, and its consequences for religion, immortality, health, and the commercialization of time" (8 minute video)

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Netvibes - Dashboard Everything

"To help visualize the complex information flows that every knowledge worker and every organization must navigate, I often use the metaphor of a bow-tie. This helps me to understand and conceptualize Information Overload, and it may be helpful to you as well. To start, simply picture the shape of a bow-tie (yes, the fancy one that goes around the neck).
On the left side of the bow-tie is the complex incoming information in the form of communications, news and reports, meetings, and any other information input, no matter how small. This flow includes sources both internal and external to the organization that are filtered down and processed in the middle of the bow-tie, the knot. The knot is where the complex flow of information is reduced, simplified, and digested so that it can be used to produce complex outcomes on the other side of the knot. The right side of the bow-tie is where the structured and digested information is applied to business problems and used to create profit and gain advantage.
The bow-tie is a powerful model because it allows for complex inputs to be reduced to manageable blocks that are then used to drive complex outcomes. The problem is that the knot of the bow-tie, and by extension the organization, team, or individual knowledge worker, is vulnerable to becoming overloaded. If the knot fails and is overwhelmed by the incoming information on the left side, then the important outcomes being produced on the right side will suffer."

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Blekko’s new tool lets you find deep information from the Internet dataset

"Blekko is looking to change how we think of the Internet, and what we can learn from it. With a new tool called WebGrepper that will let you find not only high-level data but also the minutiae that lie under the macro scale. What sort of information? According to a blog post from Blekko, just about anything:

One of the advantages of having your own search engine is that you have access to all sorts of data that no one else does. Really, really cool data. And when you tell your friends you have all this data, you get lots of people asking you for stuff. Interesting questions like: “Can you give me a list of every site that uses Facebook Connect? In rank order?” Or: “Can you send me a list of sites that have the Google +1 button on them?”"

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Hearsay

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Hearsay is a complete news reader. Smoothly browse everything from your favorite news sites, and follow what your friends are reading - not just what they're sharing. You need to try it.
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How to Focus

How to Focus | Infotention | Scoop.it

"Discover strategies for focusing with the How to Focus Mind Map.
The How to Focus Mind Map will help you to create habits and rituals for mixing tasks and leisure, including managing time spent online and offline and scheduling tasks. In addition the mind map explores managing your space, clearing other distractions and doing one thing at a time."

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Beth Kanter's comment, September 13, 2011 12:35 PM
Thank you - great find. Love Tony Buzan's work
Kim Flintoff's comment, July 9, 2012 2:52 AM
My 1 year old and my 3 year old have no respect for this chart...
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Webinar Archives - GoogleWebSearchEducation

Webinar Archives - GoogleWebSearchEducation | Infotention | Scoop.it

Knowing how to search is an essential infotention skill. These archives of Google webinars go from basic to advanced search skills.

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Dashboard Design: Step 1 Select a Purpose - Contemporary Analysis

Dashboard Design: Step 1 Select a Purpose - Contemporary Analysis | Infotention | Scoop.it
A strategic, analytical, operational dashboard is a single display that in a glance provides essential information for a specific objective.
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Infotention Skills

Infotention Skills | Infotention | Scoop.it
From Information Overload to Knowledge Navigation
An immersive learning experience from the Institute for Social & Network Literacy


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Collaborative Learning for the Digital Age - The Chronicle Review - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Collaborative Learning for the Digital Age - The Chronicle Review - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Infotention | Scoop.it

I want to suggest a different way of seeing, one that's based on multitasking our attention—not by seeing it all alone but by distributing various parts of the task among others dedicated to the same end. For most of us, this is a new pattern of attention. Multitasking is the ideal mode of the 21st century, not just because of information overload but also because our digital age was structured without anything like a central node broadcasting one stream of information that we pay attention to at a given moment. On the Internet, everything links to everything, and all of it is available all the time.

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30+ Cool Content Curation Tools for Personal & Professional Use

30+ Cool Content Curation Tools for Personal & Professional Use | Infotention | Scoop.it

As the web becomes more and more inundated with blogs, videos, tweets, status updates, news, articles, and countless other forms of content, “information overload” is something we all seem to suffer.

 

It is becoming more difficult to weed through all the “stuff” out there and pluck out the best, most share-worthy tidbits of information, especially if your topic is niche. Let’s face it, Google definitely has its shortcomings when it comes to content curation and the more it tries to cater to all audiences, the less useful it becomes.

 

The demand for timely, relevant content that is specific to our unique interests and perspectives has given rise to a new generation of tools that aim to help individuals and companies curate content from the web and deliver it in a meaningful way.

 

These new tools range from simple, application-specific types such as social media aggregators and discovery engines, to more complex, full-blown publishing solutions for organizations.

 

Here’s a look at over 30 content curation tools (mostly free, but some paid/professional tools as well) that will help you cut through the clutter of your information stream to find the gems. 


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Accessibility Vs. Access: The Filter Bubble And Human Information Curation | Maria Popova On Nieman Lab

Accessibility Vs. Access: The Filter Bubble And Human Information Curation | Maria Popova On Nieman Lab | Infotention | Scoop.it

Human-driven information curation is the antidote to this algorithmic disconnect between access and accessibility:

 

The primary purpose of an editor [is] to extend the horizon of what people are interested in and what people know. Giving people what they think they want is easy, but it’s also not very satisfying: the same stuff, over and over again. Great editors are like great matchmakers: they introduce people to whole new ways of thinking, and they fall in love.

 

And this is what I believe: Information curators are that necessary cross-pollinator between accessibility and access, between availability and actionability, guiding people to smart, interesting, culturally relevant content that “rots away” in some digital archive, just like its analog versions used to in basement of some library or museum or university.

 

Because here’s the thing: Knowledge is not a lean-back process; it’s a lean-forward activity. Just because public domain content is online and indexed, doesn’t mean that those outside the small self-selected group of scholars already interested in it will ever discover it and engage in it.....

[read full great article http://j.mp/qmo9gW]


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How many real time streams can we afford to have in social networks

How many real time streams can we afford to have in social networks | Infotention | Scoop.it
There is way to much noise in social media at the moment with multiple real time streams on different social networks leading to a big problem...
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Masters of Distraction

Masters of Distraction | Infotention | Scoop.it

Aza Raskin, a user-interface designer for the Web browser company Mozilla, has a novel way of meeting such challenges. His workspace consists of three computers: one for his primary work, a second somewhat nearby for email, and a third much farther away for "the fun"—this last one is rigged to get progressively slower and more difficult to use.

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TheBrain :: The Art of Visual Inquiry

TheBrain :: The Art of Visual Inquiry | Infotention | Scoop.it

The Brain is a powerful infotention tool with an easy beginning learning curve and infinite potential. This one and a half hour recorded seminar shows how to use PersonalBrain to manage information overload -- and more, to transform it into individual knowledge and collective intelligence

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Amazon.com: Information Dashboard Design: The Effective Visual Communication of Data (9780596100162): Stephen Few: Books

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"Dashboards have become popular in recent years as uniquely powerful tools for communicating important information at a glance. Although dashboards are potentially powerful, this potential is rarely realized. The greatest display technology in the world won't solve this if you fail to use effective visual design. And if a dashboard fails to tell you precisely what you need to know in an instant, you'll never use it, even if it's filled with cute gauges, meters, and traffic lights. Don't let your investment in dashboard technology go to waste.
This book will teach you the visual design skills you need to create dashboards that communicate clearly, rapidly, and compellingly." 

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Beth Kanter's comment, September 29, 2011 1:49 PM
Thanks for this. I have this book - and others by Stephen Few. I have a chapter in my book about dashboards - and found this really useful to think about it for nonprofits.
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Infotention Filters - What combination of mental and online tools can deal with information overload?

Infotention Filters - What combination of mental and online tools can deal with information overload? | Infotention | Scoop.it
This Concept Map, created with IHMC CmapTools, has information related to: Infotention Filters, RSS feeds filtered for quality through Feeds from Postrank, other services, Infotention Filters include News Radars, Mindful Infotention Requires Infotention...
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enrique rubio royo's comment, September 29, 2011 12:55 PM
Fantastico, gracias
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What Makes Good Information Design? | Visual.ly

What Makes Good Information Design? | Visual.ly | Infotention | Scoop.it

"What makes a good information design or infographic? This infographic looks at all the components that make a design a visual success. Factors such as interestingness, integrity, function and form all intersect to make a successful information design. Other components to a successful design include meaningfulness, consistency, structure and usability. Check out the graph to see all of the important elements to a good information design and graphic."

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YouTube Founders Aim to Revamp Delicious

"One problem they kept circling around was the struggle to keep from drowning in the flood of news, cool new sites and videos surging through their Twitter accounts and RSS feeds, a glut that makes it difficult to digest more than a sliver of that material in a given day.

“Twitter sees something like 200 million tweets a day, but I bet I can’t even read 1,000 a day,” Mr. Chen said. “There’s a waterfall of content that you’re missing out on.”

He added, “There are a lot of services trying to solve the information discovery problem, and no one has got it right yet.”"

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Gathering and Filtering Relevant Content: Introduction to Attensa & the StreamServer

The Attensa StreamServer is an enterprise application that solves the fundamental challenge of the Digital Age: Focusing our attention on the information that matters and ignoring the rest so we have the capacity to think, collaborate and innovate using the most current and relevant information available. As a premier information gathering and delivery platform, StreamServer meets these challenges for companies and the people who help them thrive.


Why StreamServer? StreamServer exists because our world has shifted from one of information scarcity to information abundance. This paradigm shift brings new challenges and also new opportunities. StreamServer uses the best attributes of existing knowledge management and information delivery investments while bringing new innovations to the table that specifically address the rapid proliferation of digital content and the many devices where it can be delivered.


StreamServer bolsters existing infrastructure with the ability to organize, filter and deliver relevant content to the people who need it — wherever they need it to be....

[watch video http://j.mp/oQ9oFf and view more on website http://www.attensa.com]


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Use Dapper To Create RSS Feeds From Any Page, Including Google Plus Posts

Use Dapper To Create RSS Feeds From Any Page, Including Google Plus Posts | Infotention | Scoop.it

A good visual tutorial on how you can use the still excellent Dapper to create an RSS feed for any site or web service that doesn't have one: including Google Plus.


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information investigator

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"Information Investigator 3.1

Our newest self-guided course is designed for students in middle school through college and staff development. The three hour experience includes performance assessments and interactive tutorial challenges.

Information Investigator 3.1 is the third in a series of assessment-tutorial packages that may be incorporated within a class, library orientation or independent study.

Affordable annual rates for classes, schools and districts are available.

A special preveiw is offered for educators.To request your preview or inquire about rates, click here (help@21cif.com)."

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This Man Thinks the Internet Needs CliffsNotes - Forbes

This Man Thinks the Internet Needs CliffsNotes - Forbes | Infotention | Scoop.it

People will come across an article, realize either they don’t have time to read it (or aren’t sure if they want to), plug that link into gis.to, and voila, you’ve got 5 to 10 summaries that other people who have read that article have written. That will be the majority of users on the network. A smaller portion will be folks who simply read a lot and want to curate great long-form content for others. Just like some people are passionate about being editors on Wikipedia and manage knowledge of things, people, and events, gis.to authors will be managers of content.

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Discovery Engines: Policing The Riot Of Information Overload | Fast Company

Discovery Engines: Policing The Riot Of Information Overload | Fast Company | Infotention | Scoop.it

Taming this torrent into something manageable and highly relevant is increasingly seen as the key for Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, and any other chaotic content network looking to realize monster revenue.
That explains why discovery is the word du jour in tech. It also explains why there's a flurry of activity to build a "discovery engine," the search engine's smart-ass cousin that tries to answer vague queries (like "funny video"--one of the top searches on YouTube).

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Robert David Steele Vivas's comment, August 26, 2011 9:37 AM
Love the story and cross posted to Phi Beta Iota BUT it is also wrong on multiple levels.

SENSE-MAKING is where it's at on the bleeding edge, not discovery. This is why Google is a failure.

HUMAN computation is where its at on the bleeding edge, not smarter machinese. This is why the US secret intelligence community is a failure.

Learn more at www.phibetaiota.net. Smart ethical humans rule.
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Create Disposable Email and Keep Track of Messages via RSS Feeds

Create Disposable Email and Keep Track of Messages via RSS Feeds | Infotention | Scoop.it
Create temporary email address and track the messages sent on that address using RSS feeds.
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Reaction-Based Curation Platforms

Percolate is an online platform that curates content from Twitter and RSS feeds. The sheer amount of information that passes through a typical social media user’s path in a day can be tremendously overwhelming. Percolate, however, using an algorithm, will organize content according to what you’re interested in.

What’s so innovative about Percolate is how much emphasis is placed on reaction. With buttons like “awesome,” “interesting,” and of course the Internet-friendly “win” and “fail,” Percolate lets you say what’s on your mind. Furthermore, users are able to add a tag of their own to customize the experience further. Percolate is also an apt business tool in that it allows brands to not only to create content, but also identify content related to the business itself.

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