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.
Wakelet allows users to save content from across the web – articles, videos, blogs, tweets, songs and more – bookmark anything you find online in two clicks. Arrange your bookmarks into collections and choose to add images, text and organise however you like to build stories from your content. The story can then be saved and a link shared via your chosen 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’.