There are almost no limits when creating books from Wikipedia content. A good book focuses on a certain topic and covers it as well as possible. A meaningful title helps other users to have the correct expectation regarding the content of a book.
I can't add much to what Robin Good has already said, though I did explain the same process when I created a travel book for our holiday in the Amazon last year. Why not create a book for your next holiday destination?
The rabbit hole that is the Internet goes much deeper than most people know. In fact, the World Wide Web as we know it represents just 4% of networked web pages — the remaining 96% of pages make up...
Stephen Dale's insight:
The surface web - what we see using our standard browsers - represents a mere 4% of what is really out there. The other 96% is what is knowln as the "Deep Web" or "Dark Web" and consists mainly of peer to peer networks. You need to use a dedicated web browser to access the deep web - TOR (The Onion Router) being the most popular.
The Deep Web is where Bitcoin (a digital currency) is used for most e-commerce transactions.
Users include the military, police, journalists.....and criminals.
There may be a wealth of information on the Deep Web, but you should be careful about what you look for. Just like Alice, the deeper you go, the more trouble you could find yourself in.
Useful as a backup to your regular feed reader (I use Feedly - export as an OPML file) or to share your RSS subcriptions, or to discover, search and explore other interesting RSS feeds by keyword, author or tags or by the most popular: http://www.feedshare.net/popular/
Explore what's ahead in Technology, Media and Telecommunications.
Stephen Dale's insight:
Launched in January 2014, TMT Predictions are Deloitte’s view of the key developments over the next 12–18 months that are likely to have significant medium- to long-term impact for companies in Technology, Media, Telecommunications (TMT), and other industries.
Amongst the predictions:
- The convereged living room. Global sales of smartphones, tablets, PC's TV's and Tablets will exceed $750billion in 2014, but the plateau approaches.
- Wearable technology (glasses, watches etc.) and 3D printing will be big, but still not a significant part of an $800billion market.
- MOOC's, Enrolment in massive online open courses will be up 100% in 2014 over 2012 to more than 10 million courses
- Smartphone growth will be most significant in the 65+ market, continuing the trend for media-savvy seniors.
Great ideas can change the world. But, they can only do so when effectively communicated. A powerful story is one of the best ways we can share our world-changing ideas.
Stephen Dale's insight:
Nancy Duart explains the art of storytelling, distilling it down to 3 key points:
1. Build a structure to your story. The shape of great communication follows a simple 3 act structure – beginning, middle and end. And, it has an undulating structure moving back and forth from what is to what could be, ending with a new bliss.
2. Understand what will resonate. Great storytellers send signals that resonate with their audience. They talk to audiences at their resonant frequency in a way that moves them. And they make the audience their hero with the goal to move their audience from one state to another through the power of story.
3. Imagine and poetically describe an amazing future. Great storytellers take a step back from their current reality. They declare the future using their prophetic imagination, and craft their words well. Their speeches are expansive and also contemplative, giving their audiences space to dream.
Social media use continued on the rise in 2013, and social networks like Pinterest saw impressive growth among the e-commerce industry. (Infographics receive 4x more attention than presentations, and 23x more than documents on SlideShare.
Curation comes in many forms, -we can use it an organisational level to help inspire our peers, our employees and our customers, or to help us design and deliver more formal learning experiences using a wide range of content. We can use curation at a personal level too; to help us develop our understanding in a formal learning process and to help us demonstrate our knowledge and insight from our day-to-day work, i.e. personal knowledge management (PKM).
A useful summary of the current shortcomings in content curation tools and services, and what we features and innovations we might see in this developing market. From the author:
"In the near future it is likely that new content curation tools will provide more dedicated features for specific application and uses while becoming more aware of user needs that so far have not been taken into serious consideration (attribution, archiving, monetizing).
While large content curation hubs and platforms are likely to start realizing that their best value yet to be extracted is in the content being curated by their users, new tools will likely target more specific and professional uses rather than the general public needing simply to collect and repost content on their blog or social media channel."
We all face a complex future requiring greater degrees of innovation and coordination. We need better collaboration. This is one of the promises of digital technologies such as analytics, mobility and particularly social media.
Liked this article, not least because it highlights the mistake that many people make in thinking that sharing is the same as collaborating. Collaboration requires much deeper commitment and introduces that ephemeral element of "trust".
I think maybe this abstract sums it up pretty well:
"Stop focusing on knowledge capture, publishing and presentation as characterizations for collaborative software. These are characteristics of publishing and communications solutions, yes peer-to-peer, but not the essence of collaboration."
The inevitable "best of/worst of" compilations appear as we approach the end of the year. This is a sample of mainly Twitter fails, and begs the question why so many people don't think before they engage with social media (though I guess the rest of us would subsequently be denied the opportunity to rubberneck and smile). These are a bit US-centric, but amusing neverthesless. #socmed #fail
...social media is an integral part of learning and communicating in the 21st century and beyond and therefore it is an educator’s duty to both model and teach how to use it appropriately and effectively to promote...learning.
On the surface, social media and knowledge management (KM) seem very similar. Both involve people using technology to access information. Both require individuals to create information intended for sharing. Both profess to support collaboration.
But there’s a big difference.
Knowledge management is what company management tells me I need to know, based on what they think is important.
Social media is how my peers show me what they think is important, based on their experience and in a way that I can judge for myself.
Google's Matt Cutts, in a personal blog post, declared that "guest blogging is done" as an SEO tactic, setting off a firestorm. Here's a full recap of why this happened, how the industry reacted, and what it means for future of guest blogging.
Have you ever scrolled through your Twitter feed and spotted that shiny, must-have new gadget? Next time, you might be able to just click "Buy," thanks to a new deal between Twitter and payments startup Stripe
Not that this makes the slightest difference to the way I use social media, but I know that for some it's important to have the llatest data and trends on who's doing what, where and for how long. Plenty of statistics here to keep you happy :-)
To survive in a time of rapidly changing technology, colleges and universities need to change their existing business models. Each higher education institution needs to develop a strategy that will take advantage of the opportunities presented by technology-enhanced learning to expand its educational mission and provide flexibility for its students.
"To survive in a time of rapidly changing technology, colleges and universities need to change their existing business models. Each higher education institution needs to develop a strategy that will take advantage of the opportunities presented by technology-enhanced learning to expand its educational mission and provide flexibility for its students. Developing such a strategy requires leaders to overcome factors that can inhibit them from taking a proactive response to technological innovation. In the end, a strategy for transforming the institution and a strategy for surviving the disruption become one and the same."
I’m not forecasting a bleak 2014; social business is here to stay. But what I am predicting is that this year will be filled with challenges like you’ve never experienced before. In the past, your challenges have mostly been rooted in internal issues, such as gaining executive buy-in for a community and ensuring technical and data security with IT.
What you’re going to experience now are attacks and challenges to your community that come from completely external forces — startups, major tech websites and people who have no business involving themselves in your social efforts.
The author, Carrie Basham Young, identifies 3 potential threats to Enterprise Social Networks (ESN):
- Threat #1: Social Analytics Startups Pounding at Your Door Why? Small tech startups with “data” products and apps that attach to your enterprise social network.
- Threat #2: LinkedIn (Finally) Makes an Enterprise Social Play Why? LinkedIn - with 259,000,000 users volunteering their resumes, contact information, expertise and connecting with their colleagues.
- Threat #3: Mom and Dad Get in on the ESN Action Why? Many younger employees have been raised with so-called Helicopter Parents who hover over their children’s every move. These young people have come to rely upon parental involvement, and their parents have come to expect the same. It’s not unheard of for helicopter parents to attend job interviews with their children, and some companies are even hosting open houses for parents to learn about their child’s workplace.
I'm less convinced about Threat #3, but 1 and 2 sound more feasible. Guess we'll have to wait and see what 2014 has in store for us!
Thinking back through the year, I’ve presented and delivered training to a very diverse range of knowledge workers in different countries and roles. When doing sessions on Enterprise Social/Collaboration, whether in community groups, Fortune 500 companies or government organizations, one of the most frequently asked questions I’ve been asked is how to quantify the benefits of the tools for an organization.
Gartner says 90% of the Enterprise Social initiatives fail because they follow the worst practice approach of “provide and pray.” We’ve all had enough experience to know that “build it and they will come” doesn’t work with IT projects.
As we prepare to close out 2013, one more to add to the "Best Of..." series. A useful example of how effective curation can give an instant perspective of the key memes, trends and topics for a who;e year.
Thought your readers would find this useful. One common problem that many businesses encounter on Facebook is not knowing what content to share with their fans.
Stephen Dale's insight:
ShareGrab is a free tool that grades a Facebook posts shareability on a scale of A – F (‘A’ being the highest). It does this by looking at how many shares a post receives in relation to how many shares an average post by that page receives. If a post receives a high number of shares above it’s average, then it has a greater chance of being a grade ‘A’. You can feed in any public Facebook page to ShareGrab and group pages into pods to keep similar pages categorised.
Excerpt from article written and curated by Robin Good and first published on MasterNewMedia: "Content curation tools are in their infancy. Nonetheless you see so many of them around, there are more new curation tools coming your way soon, with lots of new features and options.
Enormous progress has been made since the early days of the first news curation tools to what is available today, but yet, I feel we have only barely scratched the surface.
To illustrate what I expect to see on this front, here is a panoramic tour of the traits, features, patterns and trends that I expect will characterize the future of digital content curation tools, organized into specific feature areas.
1) Display Formats of Curated Content Collections The first area in which I expect to see lots of improvement and innovative ideas is the one of how a curated collection or stream can be displayed to the user. This is one of the most underestimated and underutilized areas of improvement for content curation tools.
2) Slicing and Dicing Some of the present-day content curation tools, including Scoop.it, Spundge and several others, do allow you to tag and filter content but none provides a direct facility to easily create sub-sets that gather together collection items with the same characteristics.
3) Micro - Macro One other badly needed feature, that I hope will see its way in some of the leading content curation tools, is the ability to instantly switch from a bird’s eye view of a topic to the detailed view of a specific information item.
4) Recurate Another area that offers great opportunities for innovation and for the introduction of new useful features is the one covering the ability to assess, managing inventories, organize and curate one’s own existing assets.
5) News Discovery The main problem with news discovery arises from the fact that quality filters and algorithms capable of both fully understanding the topic of interest, not just by way of a keyword or a hashtag but by semantic inference, and capable of identifying the relevant sources among so many noise-making content marketers reposting other people stuff, are not easy to build. The best way to uncover, identify and identify new quality sources and content items may be to employ a balanced mix of automated search filters augmented by human curators that can supervise, edit, refine and improve on what is gathered by the algos.
6) Ownership The main benefit offered by content curation platforms that require you to curate and publish first via their systems (Scoop.it, Pinterest, etc.) is that they provide you with an existing broad audience readily interested in your content. For someone just starting out online, this can be a huge booster. The con side of the equation is that your rights on what you have curated as well as the physical ownership of that content is not under your control anymore. And for those already having good visibility and reputation online, this may not be the most attractive proposition.
7) Credit and Attribution For professional curators the need to properly and systematically credit and attribute the content and sources utilized is not a secondary matter. Discovery of new interesting content is at the heart of the curator job, and facilitating the exchange on meta-data that provides credit and hints as to who has been of help in discovering something will increasingly be a highly valued activity..."
From the article: Content curation tools are in their infancy. In the near future they will play an increasingly important role in supporting content production, education and learning and, more generally, in organizing available online and offline information in more effective ways.
Motivating people to adopt social technology in the workplace isn't always easy. Even highly resourced efforts can take years before true adoption takes place and the promised value has been unlocked. We need to dispense with dreams of effortless collaboration and fabulous emergent effects, and instead focus on understanding the needs of our ecosystem, so that we can design strategic use cases that catalyze value through better, social ways of working.
The path to social business maturity often involves many experiments, false starts, reluctant users and sometimes even outright rejection. If you can accept these likelihoods, embrace the apparent failures and continually renew your approach then your efforts will, in time, be rewarded. There are three aspects of social business strategy that, in my experience, are essential for success.
I've scooped this because I generally like most of what Dion Hinchcliffe has to say, and there is quite a useful diagram in the piece. But I wonder if maybe we (or if not 'we', them me) are getting saturated with pieces about "good practice" for "Social Business" adoption, with the same messages being stated but in slightly different ways. It all starts to look a bit like motherhood and apple pie.
For exampe: "If you do not attract the buy-in and support of leaders early on they are unlikely to adopt social working practices and lead the rest of the organisation by example." Really?!
Hierarchies must lead the charge to replace themselves with heterarchies or responsible autonomy.
In politics the world has largely abandoned hierarchy for democracy. In family life, hierarchical patriarchy is no longer acceptable. In the book, The Three Ways of Getting Things Done (2005), the late Gerard Fairtlough asks: when will organizations get with it and abandon the practice of making key decisions based on authority rather than competence?
Hierarchy, it says, is not just a bad habit: it’s an addiction.
From the comments: "In a federated model, the need for nimbleness and capability-focused governance is even more urgent. It becomes harder to control the many pieces, and so more self-reliance is needed. But to ensure that the overall enterprise remains on a well-defined course, there must be a system for reconciling the competing interests of the many federations and for providing not merely polices but incentives for cooperation."