Web curation, yes, but on my terms.

Lately, I’ve been quite interested by a number of web tools enabling me to put together a collection of sites and blog posts pulled from my PLN’s tweets and RSS feeds. Digital curation is defined as the selection, preservation, maintenance, collection and archiving of digital assets. Presently, there are online tools permitting anyone to archive digital assets and share them with their networks.

I have been using Diigo for a number of years and it continues to serve me well, either when building a presentation or when looking up a topic for myself or someone asking me if I have anything recent on a subject (usually related to learning technologies and 21st century education). With an add-on on my Chrome menu bar, it’s bookmarking made easy.

Then, last Fall, it was the paper.li hype. What made it interesting was that I linked my own edition of this online daily collection of clippings directly to one of my Twitter lists, Éducateurs francophones, comprised of folks from the francophone world whose views on education I find interesting. The key here is to build a list in which I have confidence because, in contrast with Diigo (or Delicious), the automation process of building a daily, publishing it and generating an auto-tweet about it takes over and you «don’t have to be there» all the time. What? Is that my tweet? I was sleeping then… But in the end, it’s the richness of links and subjects brought forward by great people I follow that gives my paper.li its value.

By the same token, Tweed Times generates your daily clippings. (At the moment of writing these lines, it seems the site is unavailable, mine or others, so no link for the moment.) Over the past weeks, I was starting to feel uneasy about having tweets from my Twitter account posted on a variety of subjects I did not all read beforehand. Then, this morning, I get this Twitter mention:

I had never read this Guardian headline and was not even aware of this sad story of a missing girl from Surrey UK.  Not exactly what I had in mind when signing up to this online curation service. In fact, it’s something I DON’T want to do: sharing headlines on stories unrelated to my main subjects of interests. As soon as Tweeted Times is back online, I’m pulling that plug.

Then, there’s Scoop.it. Web curation on MY TERMS and subjects of interests. Now we’re talking. I’ve created two topics, one in English (Social learning) and one en français (Éducation 21e siècle). With the «Scoop it» button on my browser bar, I decide what and when to add pertinent subjects. Clean and efficient user interface, empowering me to add my two cents on subjects that are important to me. Also, by following others that I choose, I can benefit from this new form of aggregation. Scoop.it will not impose itself on me by publishing things I haven’t seen on my pages (and auto-tweeting it).

Web curation, yes, but on my terms.


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