There are a number of different tools now that can be used to curate information online. Curation is a useful way of collecting information on specific topics of interest or centred around time limited events and then having a space to save it. Some of these tools can be automated to collect items for you and others you manually select the items you wish to add. Below are a selection of the curation tools I find useful. Each of the tools allows you to choose what you would like to collate and each include social sharing options so that viewers can share your curated pages.
It should be noted that curation tools still maintain links to the originating article and author. So for example if you include a link to a blog post, when you click on this item (usually the title) you can view it in full on that person’s blog post.
Bundlr allows you to create a ‘bundle of links’ for any topic you choose. You have the option to give your bundle a title and brief description. Then simply drop in the URL of the item you wish to include and click add clip. There is a search box to look for topics of interest and viewers can choose to follow collections.
Your bundle of links can be viewed as a grid or list. Below is an example of the bundle I created on the topic of Open Badges. Here you can see the most recent additions in list form. Viewers of your bundle can share this collection via Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and other social media channels.
Paper.li can be used to create a ‘newspaper’ looking view of tweets. You can opt to gather the tweets of people you follow, tweets containing a specific hashtag or keyword.
It will automatically categorise the tweets into topics and placing tweets containing videos together. You can set an alert to auto-tweet a link to your Paper.li on a daily or weekly basis. Below is an example I have set up that collates tweets including the search terms ‘personal learning networks’ and ‘PLNs’. The newspaper is titled Personal Learning Networks and makes an interesting read for anyone as it contains tweets from all over the world from people tweeting about this topic.
Pearltrees is a visual and collaborative curation tool that allows users to collect, organise and share any URL they find online as well as to upload personal photos and notes. It takes a visual approach to Web curation allowing you to create networks of ‘pearls’ on screen. Each pearl is a link to a piece of content & you can connect them together in any way you choose into a ‘pearltree’.
Scoop.it is a very easy way to curate articles, videos and slideshares. It is wonderfully visual way to view the headlines of any given item you wish to save as it pulls in images from the page you are saving.
The example below is a curation about MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). You can add new scoops by looking at suggestions made for your topic, re-scoop other people’s articles or add the url by clcicking on ‘new scoop’.
Storify is a great way to bring together tweets at an event where participants have included a dedicated hashtag. These can be searched for within Storify and embedded into the story you create.
For example last year we held our annual Learning and Teaching Conference. The event hashtag assigned was #ACES2012. Delegates who chose to tweet about the event included this hashtag in their tweets.
You can then select the tweets results that appear and drag them to the left pane of your new Storify.
There is a section to give your story a title and sub title. You can add as many tweets as you wish to drag across. To give your story context you can add text boxes and these will appear between the tweets as you can see below. Once you have completed your story you can then share the link through the usual social media channels.