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Journalism: Open Curation of Data

Journalism: Open Curation of Data



Presentation to Liverpool Mashed Libraries unconference, May 2010

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    Journalism: Open Curation of Data Journalism: Open Curation of Data Presentation Transcript

    • 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
    • Flickr photo by lovedaylemon The traditional role of the journalist in managing the flow of information has been one of Gatekeeper
    • The publisher determined
      • When information was released
      • How it was presented
      • Where it was displayed
      • How long a story lived
      • The (broad) public view
      And controlled the conversation around that information
    • The 1971 cultureshock
    • 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
    • THE C WORD
      • Community/citizen journalists creating content as well as mainstream media
      • Content Farming sites: Low quality but high impact (eg. wikiHow; Answers.com)
      • Collaboration + Curation = Context
    • 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.
    • What Curation brings
      • Engage audiences: Users collaborate to interpret data
      • The wisdom of crowds: Use networks to collect and collate information
      • Journalist adds context: Value, worth, veracity and trust
      • Builds interactivity: Invite participation, be a sharing host
      • Extend reach: Networks spread information
      • Commercial opportunities
    • Data is everywhere
    • What they say…
      • “ Hand crafted content is dead. Long live fast food content” (TechCrunch)
      • “ Low-Cost Content Production On A Massive Scale” (ReadWriteWeb)
      • “ The first step is evolution the second step is revolution” (Nova Spivack, Semantic Web Entrepreneur)
      • “ Social beats search” (Fred Wilson, venture capitalist)
      • “ Data is (are) journalism” (Author What Would Google Do? and blogger Jeff Jarvis