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Ethical Aggregation

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These are slides for a workshop on aggregation (with an unrelated tribute to Roger Ebert).

These are slides for a workshop on aggregation (with an unrelated tribute to Roger Ebert).


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  • 1. Ethical Aggregation Link, Attribute, Add Value Steve Buttry ACES 2013 April 5 #aces13
  • 2. RIP, Roger Ebert
  • 3. Read more about it• stevebuttry.wordpress.com• slideshare.net/stevebuttry• @stevebuttry• stephenbuttry@gmail.com
  • 4. Aggregation gets a bad rap“I felt so … aggregated.” – Bill Keller, New York Times
  • 5. Aggregation gets a bad rap“There’s often a thin line betweenaggregation and theft.” – Bill Keller again
  • 6. Aggregation gets a bad rapPlagiarism is “a perpetual danger inaggregated stories.” – Patrick Pexton, Washington Post
  • 7. Who aggregates?• The Bible• Public libraries• My Mom (yours, too?)
  • 8. Who aggregates?• Associated Press• New York Times• Digital First Media• Just about every newsroom• Sports notes columns• Drudge, HuffPo & lots of online “aggregators”
  • 9. What is aggregation?
  • 10. What is aggregation?
  • 11. A range of aggregation• Algorithm (Google News, TrendMaps)• Data scraping & organization (EveryBlock)• Curation (HuffPo, Drudge, AP)• Re-report (and hopefully advance) someone else’s story• Original reporting (still may aggregate for background, data)
  • 12. NPR’s Andy Carvin“I think curation has always been apart of journalism; we just didnt call itthat.” – quoted in The Atlantic byPhoebe Connelly
  • 13. What is curation?Museum curator: Journalism curator:• Studies topic • Studies topic• Chooses relevant • Chooses relevant content (other content (social sources & museum media, blogs, staff) collection) • Authenticates• Authenticates • Groups related items• Groups related items • Provides context• Provides context • Presents collected• Presents exhibit content
  • 14. Ethical aggregation• Fair use (excerpt unless you have permission to use in full)• Attribute (by author & publication, not “media reports” or “was reported”)• Link (even if you get more value, you drive traffic to the original source)• Add value (comment, context, content)
  • 15. Ways to add value• Summarize • Organize• Localize • Original reporting• Round up • Background• Crowdsource • Verify, challenge• Reaction (social) • Commentary• Reaction (media) • Context
  • 16. Aggregation, curation tools• Storify• Spundge• Publish2• Document Cloud• Google• Twitter• Advanced Twitter Search
  • 17. Authenticate• Ask: “How do you (they) know that?”• Ask careful questions of crowd to help you vet & verify• Check links, tweets & information on sources• Attribute & say what you don’t know
  • 18. Read more about it• stevebuttry.wordpress.com• slideshare.net/stevebuttry• @stevebuttry• stephenbuttry@gmail.com
  • 19. RIP, Roger Ebert