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Curation - The Third Web Frontier

Posted by Guest Writer - January 8, 2011 Here is a guest article by Partice Lamothe - CEO of Pearltrees (Pearltrees is a consulting client of SVW.) This is a lightly edited version of "La troisième frontière du Web" that appeared in the magazine OWNI - Digital Journalism - March 2010. The article argues that the founding pricinciples of the Internet are only now being implemented and that the next frontier is in organizing, or curating, the Internet. By Patrice Lamothe Everyone realizes that the web is entering a new phase in its development. One indication of this transition is the proliferation of attempts to explain the changes that are occurring. Although these explanations are both pertinent and intriguing, none of them offers an analytical matrix for assessing the developments that are now underway. The "real time web," for example, is one of the clearest and most influential trends right now. In contrast, other explanations are far too broad to serve any useful purpose.

Content Strategy: The Philosophy of Data Not that familiar with “content strategy?” That’s ok. It’s in my job title, and I struggle every time I’m asked what I do for a living. Many people have no idea what it means, but even more people bring their own (wrong) assumptions to the conversation. Usually they think it has something to do with writing copy. The analogy I’ve been using recently is that content strategy is to copywriting as information architecture is to design. The irony of this communication challenge is that the main goal of content strategy is to use words and data to create unambiguous content that supports meaningful, interactive experiences. So, why has it been so hard for us to communicate what we do? Perhaps the problem is that, because content is so pervasive, everyone thinks they know all there is to know about it. Everything is content Everything is content? How did the need for detailed focus on content emerge in the heavily visually oriented field of web design? Critical mass Time to get practical

La troisième frontière du Web Chacun sent que le Web entre aujourd’hui dans une nouvelle phase de son développement. Les tentatives de synthèse fleurissent, mais ne semblent pas suffire à rendre compte des évolutions en cours. Peut-être sont-elles encore trop vagues? ou déjà trop précises? Peut-être trouvera-t-on d’ailleurs inutile de vouloir décrire les évolutions d’ensemble du Web? Je crois pourtant que la nature décentralisée du Web offre un moyen de comprendre son orientation. C’est cette piste que je voudrais explorer ici. Les principes fondateurs du Web Ces principes sont simplement les objectifs initiaux que Tim Berners-Lee et Robert Caillau ont donnés à leur projet. 1- Permettre à chacun d’accéder à tout type de document 2- Permettre à chacun de diffuser ses propres documents 3- Permettre à chacun d’organiser l’ensemble des documents Le Web initial, micro-démocratie où chacun disposait de tous les attributs d’un média, assura son propre développement et fixa durablement ses orientations. La troisième frontière

It's All Semantics: Open Data, Linked Data & The Semantic Web Yesterday we summarized some of the main developments in the Linked Data world over the past year. Linked Data is a W3C-backed movement that is all about connecting data sets across the Web. It can be viewed as a subset of the wider Semantic Web movement, which is about adding meaning to the Web. However, there is some confusion in the Semantic Web community about the crossover. So what's the beef with all of these terms? The Difference Between Open Data and Linked Data In the discussion over yesterday's post, a few people tweeted that the U.K. government's public data website is mostly populated with 'Open Data' and not 'Linked Data.' Titti Cimmino put it nicely: Open Data is simply 'data on the web,' whereas Linked Data is a 'web of data.' However, the idea of Open Data is to turn it into Linked Data. Linked Data and The Semantic Web So may we then suggest that the idea of Linked Data is to turn it into a Semantic Web? Even Wikipedia can't define Semantic Web...

Welcome to the Age of Curation Forrester Research analyst Sarah Rotman Epps coined a phrase Friday for something many have been talking about since Apple launched the iPad about six weeks ago. “Curated computing” refers to the way Apple staff examines each piece of software written for iPhone OS devices before allowing it into (or blocking it from) the App Store. Epps is almost certainly not among the first 10,000 people on the planet to observe that the iPhone OS does not allow users to install whatever programs they wish, unless the devices are jailbroken. For that reason, it’s tempting to write off her coinage as an attention-grabbing rehash of a well-worn meme — especially because she plans to take this show on the road at conferences to talk about this observation. However, Epps is onto something with this word, curated. Curation is the positive flip side of Apple’s locked-down approach, decried as a major, negative development in computing by many observers, present company included. For example: See Also:

Curating the Best of the Web: Video The Internet is awash in content — and a whole lot of it is junk, spam or inane status updates. How do you begin to navigate through the zillions of news articles, Web sites, tweets and other stuff online to find content that matters to you? You need digital curators. To see the full article, subscribe here. Screen shot of Nizmlab, a site that sifts through online videos. Screen shot of web 3.0 « PrePrint ‘The end of the library’ is a catchcry that many studying information studies have had to endure in one form or another over the past five to ten years or so, maybe even longer. Some of the following headlines and related stories point to the continuance of this threat and are an indication that the threat to information provision and libraries is far from over. Clearly, as the articles indicate, this is not specific to Australia but something that is happening in other countries including the United States and the UK. Libraries fear funding cuts Libraries fire up over funding cuts Maroondah Library services cut as funding goes Councils united in fight against library funding cuts Funding cuts closing book on all 62 branches in Queens Library Cuts threaten survival of Michigan Libraries Michigan Library Community suffers ‘a perfect storm of funding cuts’ Library closure threats spark campaigns across England What is my point in this post, I ask myself (beyond passion!) Like this: Like Loading...

Phil Windley's Technometria | Web Science: Do We Need a New Disc I'm in a panel at WWW2007 on Web Science, essentially a proposal for a new discipline. The field would be interdisciplinary, taking things from areas as diverse as sociology, physics, biology, law, and psychology, as well as the areas you might immediately think of like computer science or math. What is Web Science? Here's a quote from a Science paper on Web Science: When we discuss an agenda for a science of the Web, we use the term "science" in two ways. The Web Science Method, is a cycle, which Tim Berners-Lee used as an underlying framework for his talk this morning. So what makes Web Science worthy of being a new discipline? Peter makes the point that if Web Science is merely a collection of informaticians with a common application area, that's not a new discipline. Danny responds that the Web is more than an interesting application. Nigel makes the point that names and slogans can have real force. Danny makes a clarification regarding fields and disciplines.

Capitalizing On Curation: Why The New Curators Are Beating The Old Barring the invention of a "time turner" like the one Hermione Granger sported in 3rd Harry Potter novel, most of us will never have enough time to consume the information we might otherwise want to absorb. There's simply too much info and too few waking hours. Enter the notion of curation, a relatively new term that is not unlike the editor of old, a trusted person or organization that filters information and aggregates it in an organized fashion for others to enjoy. According to Steve Rosenbaum, author of Curation Nation, "curation is the new way of organizing the web going forward." You can't curate for everyone, so be targetedIn Brian Solis's recent tribute on to Rosenbaum's book, Solis noted, "the social capital of a curator is earned through qualifying, filtering, and refining relevant content." Thrillist, for the uninitiated, started in 2005 with a newsletter to 600 New Yorkers and is now in 18 markets with 2.5 million subscribers.

News curation: finally, social media's killer app? FORTUNE -- Even the most casual social network user will admit that the Facebook or Twitter experience can be overwhelming -- that merciless stream of status updates and shared content, which sometimes feels less like a stream and more like a deluge, waits for no man, woman, or Web crawler. Of course, there's good reason to feel that way: Facebookers share 30-billion plus pieces of information each month, and Twitter users output 1 billion tweets weekly. There's a tremendous amount of digital information floating around and few great solutions for filtering it, making sense of it, and consuming it. That's changing. Nicholas Negroponte foreshadowed the current state of things back in 1995 with the "Daily Me," a customized news experience, but it's only been over the last 18 months that his idea has manifested itself via mainstream products and services. They all work differently. That same concept is at the core of the Twitter-focused start-up Sulia. More from Fortune:

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