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Context first: A unified field theory of publishing. Aggregation versus curation: Do travelers really know or care? If someone told you that they aggregate things and someone else told you that they curate things, would you know the difference?

Aggregation versus curation: Do travelers really know or care?

In the travel business, these two ways of distributing products and services to travelers are quite different. The problem is that travelers are generally unaware of the difference and, as a result, don’t understand what they are getting when they look for experiences through a curator or an aggregator. Let’s first define the terms. According to Oxford, the term “aggregate” means: verb /agrigayt/ combine into a whole. The term “curate” means: verb select, organize, and look after the items in (a collection or exhibition).

Already you can see that the verbs mean entirely different things. In the travel business, aggregation is very much the combining of distinct sources of product and delivering it as a single unified list of products from which the traveler can choose the best product for their needs. Announcing People and Content Discovery. Posted on August 2, 2011 by william.

Announcing People and Content Discovery

The Human Algorithm. When I became a reporter, almost 20 years ago, my job was to dig up scarce, precious facts and deliver them to a passive audience.

The Human Algorithm

Today, scarcity has been replaced by an unimaginable surplus and that audience is actively building its own newsroom. Journalists the world over are struggling to cope with a social and mobile tsunami of ‘user generated content’, to use an increasingly inadequate phrase. Twitter and YouTube will overwhelm news organisations who can’t master their potential. A common mistake for those seeking to cope with this profound disruption is to confuse technology with innovation. Algorithms, apps and search tools help make data useful but they can’t replace the value judgements at the core of journalism. Genuine innovation requires a fundamental shift in how journalists think about their role in a changed world.

I find it helps to think of curation as three central questions: The End of the Destination Web and the Revival of the Information Economy. InShare639 In recent weeks journalism and the future of all media have once again gone under the knife.

The End of the Destination Web and the Revival of the Information Economy

Experts on either side of new media debated whether or not Twitter’s CNN moment truly was indicative of the future of journalism. Twitter’s role in the spread of online dialogue speculating the death of Osama Bin Laden was studied at great depths to better understand when and where news actually surfaces, how it’s validated, and how news travels across the Web and in real life. Perhaps nothing visualized the power of a single Tweet with such dramatic effect as the network graph developed by SocialFlow. Twitter is becoming a veritable human seismograph as it measures and records events as they unfold. The Relevance Of Context In Content Curation - Gerd Leonhard. Curation is the new search tool. Everyone wants to be a news filter now. As the avalanche of information coming through social networks and real-time tools like Twitter continues to grow, the need for filters to make sense of that tsunami of data also increases, and it seems as though everyone has a different way of trying to solve that problem.

Everyone wants to be a news filter now

Facebook threw its hat into the ring this week with what it says is an improved “newspaper-style” news feed that highlights important content, while Digg has just launched “newsrooms” aimed at doing the same thing, and online influence-ranking service Klout is rolling out topic pages based on what’s being shared by those with influence. Return of the Editor: Why Human Filters are the Future of the Web. Before news aggregators, content curators, and Google’s omnipotent algorithm, the world’s information was sorted by real human beings.

Return of the Editor: Why Human Filters are the Future of the Web

In the web’s next phase, argues Karyn Campbell, the old-fashioned editor is poised for a comeback. If web 1.0 was about websites and 2.0 the power of network connectivity, whatever 3.0 looks like, better filters will play a big part. The web has become too big and noisy. The design community has helped guide us through some of the slush, and search technology has made leaps filtering and personalizing information for us. But while algorithms once threatened to replace gatekeepers, online media will see a move back to the future: professional, human filters (the artists formerly known as editors) will play an integral role in the next web after all.

Content beats search and social Studies show that content sites drive much more traffic than search engines and social media links. Content curation: computers and humans creating collaborative intelligence. We don’t have a problem of “information overload”… we have a problem of “filter failure”.

Content curation: computers and humans creating collaborative intelligence

Pierre Lévy on Collective Intelligence Literacy. The Rise Of Pinterest And The Shift From Search To Discovery. The current toast of the web is Pinterest, the visual pinboard for collecting and sharing content online.

The Rise Of Pinterest And The Shift From Search To Discovery

The “pinning” phenomena is spreading from its modest beginnings to appearing in national media outlets. There are over 2.5m monthly active Pinterest users on Facebook. A co-founder of the site has over 500,000 followers on Pinterest. Ron Conway (an investor in the site) remarked that Pinterest’s user growth rate is what Facebook’s was five years ago. Earlier in 2011, it was valued through venture financing at $40m and, most recently, just a few months later, at around $200m. People Curation. I just finished reading a great post by Ville Kilkku titled: Klout, Triberr, paper.li, and the future of content curation.

People Curation

It made me realize that people curation should be a lot of what we are really talking about here. But before I get to that, let me step through what he talks about. He takes us through a few different models of content curation. I’m going to need to compare these to my post on Marketing via Aggregation, Filtering and Curation – Tools and Resources to see if this classification changes things. Content Curation by people not Ai « PrePrint. Currently, I am exploring digital content curation and have been searching out visually interesting curation tools.

Content Curation by people not Ai « PrePrint

I initially started with Vodpod as a way of curating all the audio-visual material I stumbled upon. Vodpod is very effective for collecting videos and following the video collection streams of other collectors. You can collect videos from others that are of interest and others can collect from you. It is also a great place to store the gems you find. I have embedded a link to my vodpod account on my blog as a way of sharing further. Another curation tool I started with last month is Scoop.it. Scoop.it provides opportunities to follow other Scoopers and to even offer suggestions for their Scoop.it topics. What's The Role Of Curation In Search?