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Current streaming greatest TV

If you do not have broadcasting rights for a successful film, create yours. That was the decision of Netflix, the largest TV streaming in the world, who recently announced that from now on will be available in 131 new countries. In practice, that means everyone, with the major exception of China because they will have to wait at least until the end of this year, will be able to enjoy, if payed, its successful productions such as Narcos or Downtown Abbey. This was announced by Reed Hastings, executive director of Netflix, a company based in Los Gatos (California), in the CES, which is the biggest fair of consumer technology in the world located in Las Vegas. Read more of this post


Julian Assange from other points of view

Globalization has carried out an impressive amount of information, the most of mankind´s history. We can see straightly what is happening now in Sydney or in Los Angeles very easily and with a big accuracy. This development of the information exchanging comes from all the devices invented in the 20th century and the improvement of them and, of course, from the invention of Internet. But at this point a question comes to our mind: is there some kind of hidden information? do governments keep in secret some other matters? So here appears the figure of Julian Assange, the creator of Wikileaks a website that has the aim of giving to the people everything all the information hidden by the governments such as how much do they truly invest in the army or some secrets of politician´s private life. Of course, this is legit in a democratic and free world and undoubtely Wikileaks has helped revealing some unbearable aspects of politician´s life but still there are some critics and writers like Mario Vargas Llosa or Fernando Savater who claim exactly the opposite. But what do they argue? For structuring the article, I will use some articles written by Vargas Llosa in his book “La civilización del espectáculo”(2012) and an article written by Fernando Savater called “Transperentes abusos”(2010) and published in the “Tiempo” magazine. Read more of this post

Some solutions for the problem of homeless people

Global economical crisis has carried (within other crucial factors) some problems apart from the economical state itself (from national social issues to worlwide big-scale political confrontation). This situation has been very obvious in the Third World where people suffer undernourishment, poverty and diseases. However, in the First World there is a major issue with a large relationship with this problems. I am talking about homeless people. For talking about this issue, I am going to take into account and quote some articles written by the New York Times which talk about homelesses situation at the High-Coast Cities which are very similar to many cities in Europe. The articles are: “We know what helps the homeless. Now we need more funding” by Mary Brosnahan, “Support Community land trusts for affordable housing” by Willian Burnett; and “Ease rent and building regulations to free up affordable housing” by Howard Husock. Read more of this post

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. logo 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.



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

ProQuest Flow. (n.d.). Retrieved May 28, 2015, from

RefWorks Home Page. (n.d.). Retrieved May 28, 2015, from – Content Curation Publishing Platform for Content Marketing. (n.d.). Retrieved May 28, 2015, from

Smith, L. (2012, December 18). Are We ‘Over-Informed’? Readers Weigh In. Retrieved May 28, 2015, from

Storify – Create stories using social media. (n.d.). Retrieved May 28, 2015, from

Text 2 Mind Map – Simple mind mapping online. (n.d.). Retrieved May 28, 2015, from