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Published on March 29th, 2013 | by EJC


Resource: Content Curation Tools

Content curation tools can be used for sorting and catagorising media content, as well as create an (editorial) overview of the news topic. By using these tools, a journalist can assemble online contents for a specific topic or event, and easily create a customized page/widget to tell the story. In the case of a crisis when false and fake information circulates, journalists can use these tools to filter out unnecessary information for the public.

    A publishing-by-curation platform that allows users to create their own topic-oriented magazine from social media content. can also be embedded on social media or other sites.
  • Storify
    With Storify users can search social media sites for content related to a particular topic They can then curate the results to build up a timeline and create a story. The website is used by many media organisations including Al Jazeera, GlobalPost and The Weather Channel.
    Anyone can publish their own online newspaper using, an automated curation system that selects online content based on criteria selected by the user.
  • Magnify
    A cloud-based video curation platform that uses ‘automated video discovery’ allowing website publishers to create a video stream for their website. Also provides analytical tools to show users how their video content is being consumed by site visitors.
  • Pearltrees
    A ‘social library’ that creates a mind map of users’ favorites URLs which can then be organised and shared on ‘pearl trees’. Recently updated to include images and notes, the site can be synchronised with social network accounts and embedded on other sites.
  • Bundlr
    Users can create topic pages or ‘bundles’ of online content by clipping and aggregating from the web as they browse. Bundles have their own page and can then be shared on social media networks or embedded on any website.
  • Pinterest
    An online ‘pinboard‘ that allows users to gather and organise images. Boards are accessible to other users who can follow it and ‘re-pin’ or ‘like’ images.
  • LoveIt
    A new image curation platform that differentiates itself but focusing on what the individual user, not their friends, ‘loves’. LoveIt also features privacy settings not available on similar platforms, in addition to a content importer that credits the original source and a bulk content importer.
  • Spundge
    This web app is specifically geared towards journalists, allowing users to manage a large number of data streams from a wide range of sources. Uses a notebook layout and allows streams to be filtered by keyword, time, location and language.
  • BagTheWeb
    This tool helps users curate web content, which ‘bagged’, collected, published and shared.
  • Blekko
    An online search-and-curation tool that pays special attention to ‘human curation’. Users can easily edit the content they find and create context.
  • Clipboard
    A curation tool that helps organize content. It is facilitates collaboration in aggregation and curation as well as easy sharing of curated content.
  • Curata
    With curata, it is possible to maximize your content curation efforts with web-based tools to easily find, organize and share online content. Moreover, you provide your own contextualization to the curated information. 
  • Popcornmaker
    A tool that makes it easy to enhance, remix and share web videos. Through your web browser, your can combine videos with other online content you deem important, like texts, links and maps to pictures and live feeds. 
  • Flashissue
    Users can produce issues of their own web newsletters, by fetching online and social media content. They publish their magazines in the way they want to, and curate the content they found.  They can edit the articles and provide overall context to the content.
  • Flockler
    Content is curated from social media as well as the wider web. Flockler lets users curate the content by enabling the publication of videos, photos and text as well as editorial tools and the possibility to add personal commentary to the content that was selected.
  • iFlow
    Real-time online information exchange. On iFlow, users first create a context ‘flow’  for their curated content. The content can be easily filtered and curated; flows can be mixed and combined to create a different angle on the content that is brought together. The flows can be shared.
  • LiveBinders
    Based on the 3-ring binder, LiveBinders allows users to collect saved documents like PDFs and useful links to webpages which are represented as pages. All relevant information s thus stored in one binder and categorised under (sub)tabs.
  • Keepstream
    A curation tool geared towards Twitter, that allows users to collect and organize the tweets they think are important. The curated collections can thence embedded or shared unto other pages.
  • Shareist
    Lets you create your own curation website. it becomes possible to search for content as well as create (and edit) it and share the content that matters.
  • Surfmark
    A ‘surfmark’ is like a file of curated web content kept and saved by a user. Within a ‘surfmark’ it is possible to highlight text or add sticky notes and personal commentaries.
  • Themeefy
    Users can search and curate content on specific subjects through Themeefy. The tool then lets you create and publish personal Theme magazines from the content.
  • Evernote
    Evernote allows you to capture anything from the web and make it searchable from desktop or mobile devices (even cameras). You create your network to share project notes, websites and story ideas.
  • Contextly
    With this tool, writers can create more context for their own stories, by linking and curating them up with related content and articles that  might be interesting to their readers.
  • Mattermap
    This tool allows one to curate the social debate ‘context’ instead of ‘content’. A very useful tool for journalists who want to visualise different standpoints of debated issues.

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  3. Robin Good says:

    Thank you for your culling this useful set of content curation resources.

    You may find a superset of these, updated and organized by categories, here:

    and a directory listing the best ones for the most popular categories here:

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