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Curation and Sense Making
Curating is to understand, sense patterns and use information in a meaningful and relevant manner.
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10 Steps To Conquering Information Overload

10 Steps To Conquering Information Overload | Curation and Sense Making |
Want to work less, achieve more and overcome procrastination? Daniel Levitin, author of "The Organized Mind," explains how.
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“In 1976, there were 9,000 products in the average grocery store, and now it’s ballooned to 40,000 products. And yet most of us can get almost all our shopping done in just 150 items, so you’re having to ignore tens of thousands of times every time you go shopping,” 

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Infographic Builders: 9 Free Tools To Create Great Visual Charts

Infographic Builders: 9 Free Tools To Create Great Visual Charts | Curation and Sense Making |

Robin Good: Here is a handy short guide to nine free infographic creation tools that can be utilized to create enticing visuals, word charts and data-based infographics without having special technical skills.


Useful. 8/10


Check them all out: ;


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Sahana Chattopadhyay's insight:

Infographics are great tools to present curated and focused content from a specific perspective. 

David Baker's curator insight, April 3, 2014 11:47 AM

I am adding this to my seminar resources. Having another set of tools for my teachers to create their PIE Infographics is important.  Creating visual representations of learning is such a powerful learning for teachers and is a skill they can transfer to their classroom and for students to create in the classroom.

Trude Burnett's curator insight, May 9, 2014 3:48 PM

Good tools to make Infographics

becool's curator insight, May 4, 2015 6:40 AM

Infographics voor zij die er nog steeds zot van zijn.

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Google Lost Its Mojo: Content Curation is the New Search

Google Lost Its Mojo: Content Curation is the New Search | Curation and Sense Making |

Robin Good: Though I had seen and scooped this article before, I must have not done a very good job of really reading it from back to back. Paul Kedroski, who wrote this over a year and half ago, really captured the historical essence of content curation on the web.

This is an absolutely must-read article for anyone wanting to grasp what is happening with content curation on the web, hwile seeing things in proper perspective.

He wrote: "What has happened is that Google's ranking algorithm, like any trading algorithm, has lost its alpha.

It no longer has lists to draw and, on its own, it no longer generates the same outperformance -- in part because it is, for practical purposes, reverse-engineered, well-understood and operating in an adaptive content landscape.

Search results polluted by spam that you often started looking at results only on the second or third page...


There are two things that can happen now.

a) We could get better algorithms, which is happening to some degree, with search engines like Blekko and others.

b) Or, we could head back to curation, which is what I see happening, and watch new algos emerge on top of that next-gen curation again.

Think of Twitter as a new stab at curation, but there are plenty of other examples.

Yes, that sounds mad. If we couldn't index 100,000 websites in 1996 by hand, how do we propose to do 234-million by hand today?

The answer, of course, is that we won't -- do them all by hand, that is. Instead, the re-rise of curation is partly about crowd curation -- not one people, but lots of people, whether consciously (lists, etc.) or unconsciously (tweets, etc) -- and partly about hand curation (JetSetter, etc.).

We are going to increasingly see nichey services that sell curation as a primary feature, with the primary advantage of being mostly unsullied by content farms, SEO spam, and nonsensical Q&A sites intended to create low-rent versions of Borges' Library of Babylon.

The result will be a subset of curated sites that will re-seed a new generation of algorithmic search sites, and the cycle will continue, over and over.

In short, curation is the new search. It's also the old search."

Must read. 9/10

Full article:

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Robin Good's comment, July 11, 2012 1:10 AM
Thank you Ishak.
Stewart-Marshall's comment, July 11, 2012 11:40 AM
Excellent - a very prophetic analysis - wished I'd read it a year and half ago :-)
Beth Kanter's comment, July 11, 2012 12:34 PM
I only use google like a phone book -when I'm looking for a specific reference. But if I'm doing research on a topic, my strategy for years has been to go to the key sources (curators) and look through their libraries. I find the lack of context that search returns - makes me want to throw up. It is a much better experience to see it in context through the yes of someone who knows the content area.
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Content Strategy: Don't Ditch Your FAQ Page - CMSWire

Content Strategy: Don't Ditch Your FAQ PageCMSWire The proverbial notion within content strategy is to vehemently protest the existence of a FAQ page on a website. Further, the FAQ page is the first page abolished during a migration and redesign.
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Why Content Curation Should be in Your Skillset

Why Content Curation Should be in Your Skillset | Curation and Sense Making |
Curation can boost your profit and help your people grow. It can save millions, reduce frustration, and boost the velocity of information in your organization. It starts in a gallery. You expect th...

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Sahana Chattopadhyay's insight:

Curation not only helps in community building but also enables the curator to see patterns, gain expertise and be a connector. 

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Digital Curation: Definitions, Tools, and Strategies

The slides were used in my talk about digital curation given at the Central NY ASTD Event held at the Everson Museum on 7/31/14 ( Digital Curation: Definitions, Tools, and Strategies...
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The Future of Collaborative Social Video Curation Is Here: Zeeik Paves The Way

Robin Good: Zeeik is a new web-based video curation site with a unique slant and some very innovative ideas.

Its key features provide some very stimulating ideas on how in the future you may go about curating, navigating and collecting video to create a guide or make sense of a specific topic.

1) Collaborative Curation

First of all, Zeeik is designed in a way that puts the topic of curation at the center, while allowing multiple users to contribute, search, find and select which video clips would be most appropriate for it.

"Users collaboratively make zeeiks in request-and-replay manner." Zeeiks are also similar to what a video wiki would probably be like, as they allow multiple editors to contribute and shape the final content.

2) Topic and Level Navigation

Second, Zeeik introduces (thank you guys for showing curation startups where is the next gear) a rudimental but still highly effective navigational gizmo, allowing any topic to be easily segmented into many sub-topics and levels. This new visual navigation addition is of the essence in providing a feature that expands the potential of curated content of orders of magnitude. A navigational tool that allows you to intuitively navigate from topic to topic and from high-level view to a very detailed one is exactly what I would like to see show-up across the board of content curation tools in the near future.  

3) Search, Collect and Excerpt Video Content

Third, Zeeik makes easy and effective to search video content on any topic, to tap into your video assets rapidly and to trim and excerpt specific sections from any video you decide to include. 

These ingredients by themselves make Zeeik a truly innovative content curation tool, and while its interface and usability may leave a lot to be desired, I think it deserves high praise for finally breaking new ground. 

Zeeiks can be easily linked or embedded into any web site or blog and can be used to create catalogues, guides, tutorials, textbooks, music album, or just about anything that is video-based.

Sample Zeeik: 

More info and sign-up: 

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