Starter Kit: using web applications


In the last few years various social media for content curation have been fostered. They are located halfway between the browser and the information aggregator and allow you to find, select and collect in an orderly way the best resources and links on the web.
The logic is that it the users themselves, as experts in their own sphere of interests, propose information, resources, content, links with a bottom-up approach. The communicative interaction of users is enhanced by providing a tool that can transform their wandering around the net in a form of collective intelligence.
Collecting and aggregating content created by others is only one aspect of the content-care process. Aggregation is a process that can take place through automated processes, such as the collection of RSS feeds (data format used for providing users with frequently updated content). This automatic selection and aggregation process is fine when you need to collect content relevant to specific search keywords. Then, it is necessary that the collected contents are filtered by the editor.
There are many content curation tools available that can help you in the content care stages: research, selection, organization, attribution of meaning, presentation, sharing.


Franco Torcellan identifies two groups of web applications that can help us:

Web application for annotating, highlighting, cutting out, creating links and quoting: they act on the web pages, both on the text and, in part, on the multimedia elements. They make it possible to annotate the web like books, facilitating thereading and encouraging a greater depth of interpretation, with a consequent increase in understanding;
Web application to aggregate content in the form of a “tree”, georeferencing, magazine-type web page, research blog, bulletin board, poster, brochure or event file. They allow the creation of knowledge starting from the existing one, contrasting the phenomenon of “digital inaccurancy” and the “wild copy / paste” (not verythoughtful and uncritical) often practiced by students (but not only).




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