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Bullying , studies and, solutions?

Bullying is defined as violence, both physical and verbal or mental, conducted among students for a continuous period of time, it can come from a single individual or group. It is increasingly common that this bullying comes through social networks. From numerous government entities, such as the ombudsman, there have been a lot of studies showing that, for example, in 2008 nearly a 25% of students aged between 11 and 15 years had suffered bullying. Although that percentage has been reduced to almost half, thanks, among others, the study of Thormod Idsoe or detailed study of Araceli Oñate and Inaki Piñuel. There is a fact that must be emphasized, is that nearly 80% of minors who commit suicide are a result of bullying, a truly alarming fact. Read more of this post

Languages: should learn or not?

Learning languages means also to have a close relationship with translation, as it helps connecting different cultures. The importance of languages is becoming more and more outstanding due to the opening of doors that it supposes to get to know an unknown cultural and linguistic environment (Anna Bernacka, 2012). As Bernacka says translation is a way of communication between different cultures, and this leads to a better understanding of social issues and also different cultural ideas. This is why it is very important to get a well use of languages, because they are the key element for the connection between cultures.

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Political honesty: does it really exist?

 

Europe is ill. Everyday the newapapers talk about political corruption in Spain, France, Greece or Italy wich has been recently extimated to be one of the most corrupt countries in Europe; recently the Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi released an interview in wich he pointed out that:

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Wikipedia: contributing to social knowledge

According to Wikipedia, wiki is a web application which allows a collaborative modification, extension, or deletion of its content and structure. Wiki is actually a Hawaiian word meaning fast, quickly. This word was introduced by the computer programmer Ward Cunningham in 1995 when he created what he called WikiWikiWeb the “simplest online database that could possibly work” as he described it. The most popular wiki software application is the Wikipedia with 31,7 million user accounts contributing to it.

WikipeWikipedia-Previewdia is in fact an online encyclopedia built by all of us and in which our Information Management course has also taken part. We have been contributing to it in different topics.

In our case, our group decided to cover the Social Action topic in which this blog is focused. To this end, we started collecting diverse Wikipedia articles connected to this main focus. Our group research was highly profitable since we collected several interesting articles. We divided them in two main groups: environmental issues and social issues. Therefore, we covered topics such as, human rights, gender inequality, child labor…but also climate change, pollution issues, endangered species…

Regarding our contributions to Wikipedia, I selected a couple of articles, one of each topic, one about environmentalism and the other about a social issue.

On the one hand I improved the infobox of the WWF Spanish Wikipedia page since the English one was more complete. I added different information that was not available earlier.

On the other hand I selected an article I had previously mentioned through Twitter, I found the Nancie Atwell page in thetumblr_nlcs0xmhz41r1dut4o1_1280 English Wikipedia and since there was no translation to Spanish, I translated it, created a person infobox and supported it with qualitative and reliable citation. Therefore, in my Wikipedia experience, I contributed in translating, improving, creating and citation. The decision to choose this latter article was that I consider the work carried out by this teacher essential for society. Her students read an average of forty books per year and they were doing that voluntarily. This capability to transmit a passion is in my opinion, unique so I wanted this article to be available in Spanish.

All in all, it is necessary to inform about social issues but it is also essential to inform about social improvements, improvements such as this teacher’s inspirational work.

References

Nancie Atwell. (2015, May 5). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 13:42, June 11, 2015, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Nancie_Atwell&oldid=660980489

What Does “Wiki” Mean, and What Language Is It From? (2010, July 28). Retrieved June 11, 2015, from http://blog.dictionary.com/wikileaks-wikipedia/

Wiki. (2015, May 27). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 13:18, June 11, 2015, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Wiki&oldid=664265890

Wikipedia community. (2015, June 5). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 13:17, June 11, 2015, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Wikipedia_community&oldid=665580841

Information Management: collection, curation and sharing

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

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.

Scoop.it logo

Scoop.it logo

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.itA 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.

Storify

Storify

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.

References

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/

Children and guns

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9owzX75ccdU

“My son ben will be six years old forever. Nearly two years ago, Ben was one of the victims of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, where he was killed by a gunman inside his classroom” these is the proof of Ben´s father, David Wheeler to the New York Dialy News.

Handing a Submachine gun to a child is absolutely crazy.

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The number of sick people going to Switzerland to commit suicide has been doubled in four years.

611 foreigners went to Zurich between 2008 and 2012 to end their lives.

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