Journalism: Open Curation of Data

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Journalism: Open Curation of Data

  1. 1. OCD: Open Curation of Data English___________________________________ Etymology Curate + ion Noun Curation ( plural curations) The act of curating, of organising and maintaining a collection (databases) The manual updating of information is a database
  2. 2. Flickr photo by lovedaylemon The traditional role of the journalist in managing the flow of information has been one of Gatekeeper
  3. 3. The publisher determined <ul><li>When information was released </li></ul><ul><li>How it was presented </li></ul><ul><li>Where it was displayed </li></ul><ul><li>How long a story lived </li></ul><ul><li>The (broad) public view </li></ul>And controlled the conversation around that information
  4. 4. The 1971 cultureshock
  5. 5. Now the world is a different place “ Breaking stories of importance, or topics that capture the imagination, lead to floods of content that quickly overwhelm processes and technical platforms ” – Robin Haman Map: xkcd.com
  6. 6. THE C WORD <ul><li>Community/citizen journalists creating content as well as mainstream media </li></ul><ul><li>Content Farming sites: Low quality but high impact (eg. wikiHow; Answers.com) </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration + Curation = Context </li></ul>
  7. 7. Conversations and exchanges of information – data- are happening across the online world. Mainstream media is only a part of that. Journalists who can use data, and present it in relevant, accessible, engaging packages, will find an involved and participatory audience for their work. The culture shift – from journalist-as-broadcaster to participator – is still happening in MSM.
  8. 8. What Curation brings <ul><li>Engage audiences: Users collaborate to interpret data </li></ul><ul><li>The wisdom of crowds: Use networks to collect and collate information </li></ul><ul><li>Journalist adds context: Value, worth, veracity and trust </li></ul><ul><li>Builds interactivity: Invite participation, be a sharing host </li></ul><ul><li>Extend reach: Networks spread information </li></ul><ul><li>Commercial opportunities </li></ul>
  9. 9. Data is everywhere
  10. 10. What they say… <ul><li>“ Hand crafted content is dead. Long live fast food content” (TechCrunch) </li></ul><ul><li>“ Low-Cost Content Production On A Massive Scale” (ReadWriteWeb) </li></ul><ul><li>“ The first step is evolution the second step is revolution” (Nova Spivack, Semantic Web Entrepreneur) </li></ul><ul><li>“ Social beats search” (Fred Wilson, venture capitalist) </li></ul><ul><li>“ Data is (are) journalism” (Author What Would Google Do? and blogger Jeff Jarvis </li></ul>

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