Ethical Aggregation Link, Attribute, Add Value         Steve Buttry          ACES 2013            April 5           #aces13
RIP, Roger Ebert
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Aggregation gets a bad rap“I felt so … aggregated.”         – Bill Keller, New York Times
Aggregation gets a bad rap“There’s often a thin line betweenaggregation and theft.”                   – Bill Keller again
Aggregation gets a bad rapPlagiarism is “a perpetual danger inaggregated stories.” – Patrick Pexton, Washington Post
Who aggregates?• The Bible• Public libraries• My Mom (yours, too?)
Who aggregates?•   Associated Press•   New York Times•   Digital First Media•   Just about every newsroom•   Sports notes ...
What is aggregation?
What is aggregation?
A range of aggregation• Algorithm (Google News, TrendMaps)• Data scraping & organization (EveryBlock)• Curation (HuffPo, D...
NPR’s Andy Carvin“I think curation has always been apart of journalism; we just didnt call itthat.” – quoted in The Atlant...
What is curation?Museum curator:          Journalism curator:• Studies topic          • Studies topic• Chooses relevant   ...
Ethical aggregation• Fair use (excerpt unless you have  permission to use in full)• Attribute (by author & publication, no...
Ways to add value•   Summarize           •   Organize•   Localize            •   Original reporting•   Round up           ...
Aggregation, curation tools•   Storify•   Spundge•   Publish2•   Document Cloud•   Google•   Twitter•   Advanced Twitter S...
Authenticate• Ask: “How do you (they) know that?”• Ask careful questions of crowd to help  you vet & verify• Check links, ...
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RIP, Roger Ebert
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  1. 1. Ethical Aggregation Link, Attribute, Add Value Steve Buttry ACES 2013 April 5 #aces13
  2. 2. RIP, Roger Ebert
  3. 3. Read more about it• stevebuttry.wordpress.com• slideshare.net/stevebuttry• @stevebuttry• stephenbuttry@gmail.com
  4. 4. Aggregation gets a bad rap“I felt so … aggregated.” – Bill Keller, New York Times
  5. 5. Aggregation gets a bad rap“There’s often a thin line betweenaggregation and theft.” – Bill Keller again
  6. 6. Aggregation gets a bad rapPlagiarism is “a perpetual danger inaggregated stories.” – Patrick Pexton, Washington Post
  7. 7. Who aggregates?• The Bible• Public libraries• My Mom (yours, too?)
  8. 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. 9. What is aggregation?
  10. 10. What is aggregation?
  11. 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. 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. 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. 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. 15. Ways to add value• Summarize • Organize• Localize • Original reporting• Round up • Background• Crowdsource • Verify, challenge• Reaction (social) • Commentary• Reaction (media) • Context
  16. 16. Aggregation, curation tools• Storify• Spundge• Publish2• Document Cloud• Google• Twitter• Advanced Twitter Search
  17. 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. 18. Read more about it• stevebuttry.wordpress.com• slideshare.net/stevebuttry• @stevebuttry• stephenbuttry@gmail.com
  19. 19. RIP, Roger Ebert

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