Search – discover – curate – analyze – report

November 28, 2013

We have a lot of info about variuos types of search and search engines.
The lastrends are to use semantic search and conversational search.
But users need to view full text of info sources and then select excerpts (snippets).

Now it is buzzword “discover”. One of definitions about search versus discover is “search goal is to find one or few relevant info sources, discover goal is to find all related sources”.
The next trend is curation – content curation, digital curation, data curation etc.
I shall try to desribe in the next blogs the goal of curation, features, processes, benefits, tools (there are link to more than hundred tool).
Content curation is used both by marketing and research.
Analytics is one of the trends in future. Earlier we used data analytics, now it is very important text analytics – big data analytics.
And it is very important semiautoamtic reporting when you get info in any way.


Research Tips

May 17, 2010

Read Miss McMillan’s blog about research reccomendations for students :

1. Think before you search

2. Make the search engines work for you

3. Don’t Believe Everything You Read

and more up to 10th recommendation.

You will find some favorite links including “Students Guide to Web search”.


Exploratree – a simple tool for idea generation, problem solving etc.

March 31, 2009

I have started to try a simple very easy to use graphical tool Exploretree.

There are a number of graphical templates that support your thinking process when you develop ideas, solve problem, explore, analyze or  evaluate different perspectives. All support recommendations are  included into graphical templates (named as thinking guides)  as text excerpts that later can be deleted.
You can easy add more graphical icons to your picture that can be copied and pasted to Word file or Powerpoint presentation.

A short clip about Exploratree:

Exploratree is a free web resource where you can access a library of ready-made interactive thinking guides, print them, edit them or make your own. You can share them and work on them in groups too.

This is the Beta / trial version of Exploratree so please do send us your suggestions and comments so we can help make the next version better.

The Exploratree web resource has been developed by Futurelab and emerged out of our work on the Enquiring Minds project.”

With Exploratree you can:

  • Use our ready-made thinking guides
  • Make a new thinking guide from scratch
  • Use it to set class projects
  • Print them out (they can go as big as A0)
  • Change and customise thinking guides, you can add or change text, shapes, images etc.
  • As a teacher, you can set up the sequence that you want the thinking guide to be revealed in, so that you can stage the thinking activity
  • You can fill in a thinking guide and complete your project on the website
  • You can present your project
  • You can send your thinking guide to a whole group of people
  • You can submit a thinking guide for comments, so it can’t be edited but just reviewed
  • Work in groups on the same thinking guide