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The Library of Babel

The Library of Babel
The Library of Babel by Jorge Luis Borges By this art you may contemplate the variations of the 23 letters...The Anatomy of Melancholy, part 2, sect. II, mem. IV The universe (which others call the Library) is composed of an indefinite and perhaps infinite number of hexagonal galleries, with vast air shafts between, surrounded by very low railings. dhcmrlchtdj which the divine Library has not foreseen and which in one of its secret tongues do not contain a terrible meaning. Notes 1 The original manuscript does not contain digits or capital letters. [If you liked this, you should consider checking out some of the stuff over at The Universe of Discourse, such as The Zahir , Luis Briceno y Confuerde de la Juemos: A Look Back and Adolfo Bioy Cassares and the Real World. Related:  CURATION

Online Content Curation: The Key To Building Visibility, Authority And Value As you are increasingly submerged by an endless flood of information, online content curators may provide a new, valuable service to anyone looking for quality information online: a personalized, qualified selection of the best and most relevant content and resources on a very specific topic or theme. Curated in real-time. When I first wrote about this, six years ago, I called this type of work newsmastering and newsradars, but now that the real-time element has come into play, as much as social media, video, Twitter and other new content sources, the original idea of what a newsmaster / content curator is and what tools and features are really needed has certainly started to change. Photo credit: Erkin Sahin Robert Scoble has recently posted on his blog a fascinating article entitled: Seven Needs of Real-Time Curators. But let's hit on the brakes for a minute and clearly point out what content curation is and why a "new media guide" like Scoble felt the need to make things clear.

Why Curation Is Important to the Future of Journalism Josh Sternberg is the founder of Sternberg Strategic Communications and authors The Sternberg Effect. You can follow him on Twitter and Tumblr. Over the past few weeks, many worries about the death of journalism have, well, died. Despite shrinking newsrooms and overworked reporters, journalism is in fact thriving. The concept of curating news is not new. But with the push of social media and advancements in communications technology, the curator has become a journalist by proxy. “Curation,” says Sayid Ali, owner of, “gathers all these fragmented pieces of information to one location, allowing people to get access to more specialized content." Curation as an Intermediary Andy Carvin, senior strategist for NPR who runs their social media desk, finds meaning in the word "media." As Ernie Smith, editor of ShortFormBlog sees it, curators are like tour guides. Building Trust Unlike a reporter who is immersed in a particular industry or beat, a curator often has a day job.

Squirro: Squirro Tony RathScoop Our Lord of Curation series presents to you some of the great curators on They are here to share their insights and advice with you. Tony Rath is a professional photographer based along the shore of the Caribbean Seain the picturesque town of Dangriga, Belize. He is a trained marine biologist and has worked as a diver and underwater photographer for the Smithsonian Institution; diving on oil rigs off California; and captaining a sailboat across the Atlantic Ocean and through the Mediterranean and North Seas. He founded, along with his wife Therese, Naturalight Productions, Belize’s premiere Internet marketing company. -What is curation to you? To me, curation is a natural off-shoot of the information flow from RSS feeds, websites and mailing lists that I have been reading and collecting for years. -What is your best curating secret? The most critical aspect of curating for me is sources. Finally, read before sharing. -How has curation enriched your social media experience? 1. 2.

Aggregation and curation: two concepts that explain a lot about digital change Aggregation and curation: two concepts that explain a lot about digital change Every time I read a story about why newspapers are failing that doesn’t mention the role of aggregation and curation in their troubles, it reminds me that something very fundamental is being missed, even by very sophisticated observers. Aggregation is one of the core concepts of content presentation and commercialization. Any analysis of what happened to the record business, what is happening to newspapers, or the future of books and bookstores and magazines and TV that does not feature this concept prominently is almost certainly flawed. Aggregation, of course, simply means pulling together things which are not necessarily connected. Curation is a term that has always referred to the careful selection and pruning of aggregates, such as for a museum or an art exhibition. NOcontent makes its way from its creator to the public without aggregation. Newspapers are obviously aggregators and curators. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Curators and the Curated at SXSW Interactive By Kristina Loring - March 11, 2012 “I feel like such a token…I’m so grateful you guys are here to package and repurpose me.” The whole crowd listening to the “Curators and the Curated” panel erupted in laughter at SXSW Interactive. David Carr, reporter and blogger of the , was the only person on the panel whose job is solely to focus on the creation of content, rather than the gathering, repackaging, and distribution of content (although David Carr is certainly active on Twitter, which many would classify as a curation tool in itself). Carr’s signature sharp wit and representation of the legacy of journalism made tangible the (sometimes playful) tension between those that create content versus those who recapture it. Mia Quagliarello of Flipboard thought that editors create and “curators make discovery easier.” Maria Popova, creator of Brainpickings , argued that curators were more than just repackagers of content but were, in fact, “framing for people what matters.” Stay Tuned.

Good Curation VS Bad Curation What is good curation versus bad curation? The image is a remix of a presentation entitled “Link Building by Imitation” and authored by link building expert Ross Hudgens — and explains the skill set pretty well. The original image used words like “theft” and “steal” and prompted a debate amongst curators like Robin Good who selected the resource and curated it. Robin’s point in curating this resource: Here’s a great visualization of how different can be the traits of content re-use. Guillaume DeCugis, founder of Scoop.It, took issue with the chart because of using the words “theft.” Robin Good, responded with “Evidently not everyone thinks curation, or much of what is sold “as curation” today, is indeed anything of value beyond the mere copying and republishing of other people content.” You should NOT mix-up republishing, self-expression and easy-content-sharing with curation, because they are in fact at opposite extremes of the same spectrum.

DOWNLOAD How To Use Evernote: The Missing Manual Table Of Contents §1 – What Is Evernote? §2 – An Overview Of The Desktop App §3 – An Overview Of The Smartphone Apps §4 – Tips, Tricks & Hacks §5 – Evernote Add-Ons / Plugins §6 – Conclusion 1. Why do you want to use Evernote? I see so many advantages to Evernote and we will explore some of them in depth later. As information becomes more plentiful, we are bombarded with relentless forms of media 24/7, such as blog posts, videos and photos. Your brain, amidst all this mess and disorder, just can’t keep up with what it has to remember. Here is a brief rundown of the features that could make your digital life a lot easier, and how to use Evernote to do just that. Find Anything, Anytime, Anywhere Evernote has its own OCR (Optical Character Recognition) service which means that it can read text, whether it’s computer keyboard text, text in a PDF document, a photocopy of some text (say a page of a book) or even text in a photograph. Evernote provides all users with their own unique email address.