Rufus Pollock, economist and co-founder of Open Knowledge, stated once in his 2012 Geneva’s conference about Open Data that human being has been confronted for years by the limitations of human memory in the recording of information. That is the reason why ancient Syrian civilizations about 5000 years ago came up with a revolutionary invention: writing.
Rufus Pollock, “Open Data,” Geneva 2012
This written information continued evolving endlessly until nowadays, when thanks to new technologies and new formulas we can share and curate it whenever and wherever we are.
That is, in fact, what this Information Management course has been about. Throughout this semester, we have been discovering new tools for the sharing and curation of all the information that nowadays is made available to us. American journalist Liz Smith asserts that today’s society is over-informed. Actually, lack of information is not a social issue any more but it is the proper curation and administration of qualitative and reliable data.
Furthermore, plagiarism and lack of updated information is usually a problem derived mainly from the improper use of information sources. Bibliography is of great importance when carrying out a research because it supports and complements our own work. However, these sources cannot be taken as our own ideas and here lies the importance of citing them correctly. There are two useful tools sharing this objective: RefWorks and ProQuest Flow.
RefWorks, as it is indicated on its own domain, “is designed to help researchers easily gather, manage, store and share all types of information,” which of course, include generating citations and bibliography.
ProQuest Flow, on the other hand, is also a collecting, collaborating and researching tool which in addition, is interconnected with RefWorks which makes both highly recommendable for bibliographic collection and citation tasks.
However, apart from citation problems, the process of selection, curation and sharing information also constitutes a usual problem within the course. Regarding this problem, we find Scoop.it “A robust content curation technology to save time finding the content you need” as it is defined by its creators. It is based on three main steps: discover, curate and publish.
Coming now to the organization of information, it is recommendable to use Text2MindMap to build an online Mind Map of whatever your topic covers. It is defined as a “free and simple mind mapping tool online” a rapid and effective way to organize the different components of a broader topic.
Apart from that, if the idea is creating a poster with all the information summarized in one unique place, Storify is definitely the most appropriate tool, “the easiest way to find, collect, and share what people are saying all over the web”. It allows adding tweets, posts, images, webpages…It is the perfect tool for storytelling.
As a summary, the information has broadly evolved since its first collection and sharing methods until nowadays sophisticated curation and management tools; and it will continue evolving. It is now our responsibility to use these tools to collect, curate and share the most reliable and qualitative information in order to build knowledge based society.
Pollock, R. (2012, March 15). Open Data: How We Got Here and Where We’re Going by Rufus Pollock. Retrieved May 28, 2015, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cRtbA_d4RI
ProQuest Flow. (n.d.). Retrieved May 28, 2015, from https://flow.proquest.com/
RefWorks Home Page. (n.d.). Retrieved May 28, 2015, from https://www.refworks.com/
Scoop.it – Content Curation Publishing Platform for Content Marketing. (n.d.). Retrieved May 28, 2015, from http://business.scoop.it/features/
Smith, L. (2012, December 18). Are We ‘Over-Informed’? Readers Weigh In. Retrieved May 28, 2015, from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/liz-smith/post_4246_b_2322248.html
Storify – Create stories using social media. (n.d.). Retrieved May 28, 2015, from https://storify.com/
Text 2 Mind Map – Simple mind mapping online. (n.d.). Retrieved May 28, 2015, from https://www.text2mindmap.com/