- Google reader has been really helpful. It’s really much easier to read postings from classmates when they are all consolidated, rather than having to go to each individual blog site. As noted in an earlier post of mine, I receive a consolidated list of entries made on a number of listservs I subscribe to, and this is very similar. I’m still getting used to sorting, marking as read, etc. but overall, it’s been beneficial.
- IFTTT recipe writing went okay – both IFTTT and Twitter both seem to be working now. I’m still unsure about the point of Twitter and why many people seem to be addicted to it. I suppose my reluctance to using Twitter is because it’s new and I’m unfamiliar with it.
- Tweetdeck was the site I chose for managing Twitter posts and feeds. Creating the account wasn’t much of a problem, but trying to add a column was a little frustrating. Directions were non-existent (that I could find) and I had to try a number of things before I finally realized how to do it. I’ve noticed that same phenomenon with a lot of these new resources I’ve been exposed to – no “owner’s manual” or step-by-step guide. I’m not sure why; maybe the creators think it’s just intuitive and directions are needed. But for the relative newbies to these new technologies, it isn’t. I muddled through, though. I do think that using Tweedeck will be helpful as I am on the planning committee for the annual conference for ASCA (the Association for Student Conduct Administration) and a hashtag has been created. When I added a column in Tweetdeck, I realized there has not been much activity using the hashtag, so that’s something I’ll look into and hopefully increase.
- Netvibes was an enjoyable find. It is a really great way to get information in a variety of formats (blogs, articles, videos) and neatly organized. And it’s different information than using Google, bing, or other “traditional” search engines. Actually, now that I’m aware of the filter bubble, I did a search using Google, bing, ask.com and Netvibes with the exact same search terms (online academic cheating) and got very different results from each. I also realized that a more specific search terms can result in different outcomes. Case in point: my interpretation of “cheating” meant academic cheating – copying, plagiarism, etc. But I got results which interpreted “cheating” in the personal relationship sense – cheating on a spouse or partner. Changing the search terms to online academic dishonesty yielded what I was really looking for.
Aggregating vs. Curating
Aggregation is just collecting information about a subject, with little regard for the importance or authenticity of that information. It is usually done via mechanical means, i.e. a search engine. Curation, on the other hand, is collecting information on a subject, then organizing it by sub-category, source, etc. This usually involves a human, who can interpret more than simply the words on the page.
In finding information about aggregation vs. curation, there were a few graphics I found (some of which were pinned to Pinterest), but I created my own, just to add my perspective (and, I admit, to procrastinate a little bit.) Here’s my visual interpretation of the difference between aggregation and curation:
As I was researching these two terms (again by searching Google, bing and netvibes), I thought about the need (or not) to cite where I got my information. A traditional “research paper” of course would need citations to all non-original material, but the informal nature of blogs muddies that water. (I did, however, cite the photos in my graphic above, because I clearly did not take them myself.) While doing a little bit more investigation, I happened on an interesting initiative from curatorscode.org to encourage abbreviated referencing and attributing of web-based materials on blogs, posts and the like. It makes sense to me, as I’ve seen more than one instance where multiple webpages have exact wording, but no indication of where the material originally came from.
While sorting through information I found on aggregation and curation, I came across this article. As I was a journalism major as an undergrad, I found this article interesting. Are aggregators and curators really writing or just collecting and organizing? I’m not sure I know the answer….