Robin Good: If it is true that *attention* is the one of the highest valued intangible assets, whoever is capable to provide a solution that saves people time (and frustration, effort, comparing, verifying, etc.) in getting what they want / need, will likely get lots of it. For example, if I could save you all of the time that you would need to: - find all the journalists that could cover your... Read more
Robin Good: "When we curate content online, it enhances who we are, both in the sense of... - we learn things, and we help to define ourselves by understanding our own interests - and in a more external way, by allowing other people to better understand who we are.It becomes part of our ethos, part of our personal brand."Dr. Gideon Burton of Brigham Young University offers an interesting insight into... Read more
Robin Good: "Curation is not about ownership. It’s not about proprietary rights to whatever environment or resource or experience you create. The job of a curator, Paolo Antonelli reminds me, is not to take and possess but to show and educate. The job of a curator is to make ideas accessible to as many people as possible.Because creativity is about more than copyrights and patents. It’s about inspiring people to make something,... Read more
Robin Good: Silk is a web tool to publish online spreadsheet-based data on a specific topic.The service, which just released a new version of its offering, allows to easily convert any existing data-set into professional-looking data displays, charts, grids, and lists that can be embedded on any site and which can be viewed in multiple ways.The value of Silk is specifically in making it easy and immediate for anyone to... Read more
Robin Good: Google has just introduced "Collections", for Google+, a new service which allows any Google+ user to group his posts by topic and to create public, shareable collections of his favorite links, articles, videos and images.To use Google Collections, simply go to your G+ profile page and then select "Collections" on the drop down menu appearing on the top left part of the page."Each collection can be shared publicly,... Read more
Robin Good: At the recent International Journalism Festival in Perugia, Italy, Jeff Jarvis, Professor of Journalism at CUNY, gave a keynote speech that provides valuable insight and advice as to where the future of news and journalism are headed. While the full keynote and the Q&A with the audience is recorded in full in this 55' mins long video, I have summarised here below his key points and takeaways, so that... Read more
Robin Good: "If you can be a guide, a clearinghouse, a trusted place from where to learn, appreciate and understand more, there is no amount of outbound links that is going to counter the magnetic force you will express to those who are interested in what you are pointing to."This is why the fear every company has about content curation - talking about *others* in the same field - has... Read more
Robin Good: "Wonder was built to bring human-centric guidance back to the pursuit of knowledge on the web."in other words: "Away from algorithmically sorted lists of links, and back to human-guided curation, evaluation and advice for those who don't need just a store address on a map".Wonder is a new free web service which touts to be your online personal research assistant. Behind its minimalist website there's a crew of... Read more
Robin Good: PressForward is a free open-source, WordPress plugin for curating most any type of content within the standard WordPress publishing workflow. PressForward is in fact a full-fledged RSS feed reader and aggregator which can capture content coming from any site while allowing full editing and curation abilities. It is an ideal tool for news curators wanting to have a news gathering and discovery tool integrated into their standard publishing... Read more
Robin Good: Topik.in is a new news curation app, similar in many ways to a much simplified version of Scoop.it. With a dedicated bookmarklet you can basically curate and personalise any content you find online and post it to a dedicated *virtual board* on Topik.inThere's none of the advanced backend content discovery engine features, nor the powerful embedding, domain name mapping, social sharing and publishing options that Scoop.it offers, but... Read more
At the crossroad of journalism and entrepreneurship sits a new emerging profession, made up in good part by the skills of the classic journalist, in part by those of the researcher, of the librarian and of the new emerging content curator mixed in with those of the capable independent digital entrepreneur.
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The information-entrepreneur is someone interested in creating ethical and highly reputable commercial services, tools and organizations that can augment, satisfy and fulfill humans deep or specialty interests within a specific information area.
Information startups have little or nothing to do with what is generally referred to as info-preneurship. The infopreneur has become the stereotype for who sells informations (of whatever quality level) to make money online. Thus, the field, the people who promote it and the information you can find online by searching for this topic, is not of high quality and is specifically driven by a “sell as much as possible, no matter how you do it”, making-money attitude.
But info-marketers and info-preneurs, may have been unaware precursors of a new breed of very serious information entrepreneurs that are eager to develop and put together useful and very targeted professional information services.
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