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Aggregation Is Not Curation - There Is A Big Difference

Aggregation Is Not Curation - There Is A Big Difference
Posted by Tom Foremski - November 2, 2010 Curation is becoming an increasingly important term and for good reason: the online world is increasingly messy, muddled and full of blind alleys. Search used to be the best way to navigate online but today it is only one part of an Internet user's dashboard. Finding things is fine if you know what to look for, but search is increasingly less effective in judging the quality of links, or putting those links into a context. Blekko, the recently launched search engine tries to provide a context for search terms but it's still not curation but aggregation So what is curation? Here is my definition: Curation is a person or persons, engaged in the act of choosing and presenting things related to a specific topic and context. An example of curation: the San Francisco De Young museums is exhibiting post-impressionist masterpieces from the Musée d'Orsay's permanent collection. Curation is about choosing what's in a collection. - Pearltrees is dynamic.

Curation And The Human Web... Posted by Tom Foremski - November 16, 2010 There is no doubt in my mind that the topic of curation and the Internet, is an important one and that it will be a dominant topic in 2011. Curation is important because we are reaching the limits of what can be achieved through algorithms and machines in organizing and navigating the Internet. Aggregation looks like curation but it's not. (Please see: Aggregation Is Not Curation - There Is A Big Difference - SVW) I define curation as a person, or a group of people, engaged in choosing and presenting a collection of things related to a specific topic and context. Aggregation employs software (algorithms) and machines (servers) to assemble a collection of things related to a specific topic and context. Aggregation tools can be employed by curators but the human act of curation adds a layer of value that aggregation alone cannot provide. A good example is Techmeme, the news aggregator run by Gabe Rivera. However, such approaches reach a natural limit.

Jorum listens: Towards a new vision and approach :: May 2011 :: News :: Mimas Jorum has been listening to its users and stakeholders and is changing to respond to the rapidly evolving Higher Education and technological environment that we inhabit. As we consider the feedback and plan Jorum’s future trajectory, it becomes clear that if Jorum is to thrive in the future, we must examine our approaches anew – and with a critical eye. We must now strive towards a new vision where Jorum becomes a shared national service for discovering Open Educational Resources (OER) that also fosters the ecology of reuse of those resources across the sector and beyond. In pursuing this, we are confident that Jorum can become pivotal to the achievement of excellence in learning and teaching and support others with the same aims. Amber Thomas, JISC Programme Manager (Digital Infrastructure), states: “It’s great to see that Jorum has been listening to feedback. From 01 August 2011, Jorum will be run solely from Mimas. From user requirements to new technological approaches Contact us

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.

pearltrees > blog The Curator Sharing e-Learning Content ITT JISC wishes to commission an individual or team to review and synthesise the work of various specified projects and programmes engaged in the development, use and sharing of elearning content. We are commissioning this study in order to support JISC in planning future funding calls and to further the dissemination of programme outcomes. The proposed study will be focused on deliverables and reports from a variety of projects and programmes, including the JISC Jorum1, the Digital Libraries in the Classroom programme2, the Distributed e-Learning programme3, the FAIR programme4, the Digital Repositories programme5, e-Learning Transformational projects6 (funded by the Scottish Funding Council) and the Exchange for Learning7 (X4L) staff development resources. It is estimated that this study will require between 30 and 40 days work, during the period May to September 2007. A full version of the ITT can be found below.

LA TROISIÈME FRONTIÈRE DU WEB PDG de Pearltrees et auteur du blog Cratyle, Patrice Lamothe expose dans ce billet les différentes phase de développement du Web. Parti d'un micro-démocratie où "chacun disposait de tous les attributs d'un média", le réseau semble actuellement en mesure de franchir une frontière : celle qui vise à permettre à chacun d'être un média complet... PDG de Pearltrees et auteur du blog Cratyle, Patrice Lamothe expose dans ce billet les différentes phase de développement du Web. Parti d’un micro-démocratie où “chacun disposait de tous les attributs d’un média”, le réseau semble actuellement en mesure de franchir une frontière : celle qui vise à permettre à chacun d’être un média complet. 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 trouvera-t-on d’ailleurs inutile de vouloir décrire les évolutions d’ensemble du Web? La troisième frontière

Social curation finds an audience: Pearltrees reaches 10M pageviews With its slick visual interface for bookmarking content, Pearltrees is unique enough that I’ve been both impressed and slightly skeptical that a mass audience will actually use it. But it looks like the site has found plenty of users. The French startup just announced that it crossed two big milestones in March: It has more than 100,000 users curating links, and it received more than 10 million pageviews. Not only does that show the concept is resonating, but it also suggests Pearltrees could reach the scale where it can build a real business around advertising or by offering premium accounts for publishers. When you share links on Pearltrees, they show up as little circles called Pearls. Pearltrees launched in December 2009, and it recently enhanced the social aspect with a new teams feature that lets groups of people create Pearltrees collaboratively. Pearltrees has raised 3.8 million euros in funding.

Les diff?rents types de curation | Citizen L. aka Laurent Fran?ois by Laurent Francois Citoyens ! Ca y est : la curation, notion poussée en France par Pearltrees; est désormais entrée dans les moeurs comme application-type de nouveaux usages du web social. Première question : y a-t-il des consommateurs finaux de curation ? La réponse est normande : à la fois oui et non. Dans une situation d’urgence informative (voir à ce sujet l’étude que nous sortirons dans quelques semaines avec L’Express), l’enjeu de la synthèse de l’information est clé. Dès-lors, quels sont les différents types de “curation” ? l’archivage “classique” : un peu comme les 1ers blogs lancés au début des années 90, il s’agit de trouver sur un même article les liens pertinents avec un sujet ou avec une semaine. Plus intéressant : quels seront les types futurs de curation ? une anticipation des chemins de pensée ? L’enjeu étant désormais complexe : continuer à devenir “mainstream” afin de faire partager l’accès au savoir. Un jeu de pouvoir en somme où les historiens vont jouer un rôle clé…