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Tags are what WordPress calls is keywords. I attach a small number of tags to every post to help people navigate between content with the same keywords. Tags may be people (David Gauke say), organisations (The Howard League, Revolving Doors Agency), themes (women offenders, homelessness) or specific items (heroin, cocaine, ROTL). If you’re looking to research a particular issue, they can be invaluable.

Digital Engagement

Pinning your colours to the mast – using Pinterest to curate digital images

This is the third and final post in a mini-series on tools for curating online content.   I have already discussed using Scoopit to curate digital magazines and Storify to collate reaction to fast-moving media stories. This week, I’m going to look at the curation potential of Pinterest. What is Pinterest? Pinterest is simply a social photo sharing site which makes it very easy for users to “pin” their images to a virtual pinboard. Typically,

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Digital Engagement

Let me tell you a storify

This is the second in a mini-series covering three tools for curating online content.   Storify This week’s tutorial shows you how to use Storify to curate content on a particular topic. I use Storify when I want to gather news, views and reaction to a breaking story. (For curating topics over a longer term, try Scoopit to create online magazines, as described in last week’s post.) Storify’s strength is that is exceedingly quick and easy to

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Digital Engagement

Curating online content is a great way to develop your digital footprint

What is content curation? Did you ever think there might be too much information on the internet? When’s the last time you did a Google search that didn’t return tens of thousands of results? To profit from this overload of information we need two main skills: Crap detection – working out what is reliable and what is (accidentally or on purpose) not Content curation Curating online content is quite similar to curating an exhibition in

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Digital Engagement

The power of online participation

This is the fourth in a short series of posts on a great new book by Howard Rheingold: “Net Smart”. I recommended you find time to read this fascinating volume yourself (see link below) but if you can’t find the time, these posts summarise the main themes: this week: Participation Power.     Online participation can translate into real power Rheingold acknowledges that much of the content published online, and on social media in particular, is banal,

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Digital Engagement

Ever thought of becoming a curation officer?

The first episode of the BBC’s new drama about the probation service, Public Enemies, airs tonight. Last week I blogged about how this rare prime time exposure provides probation trusts with a great opportunity to communicate to the general public exactly what they do. We know from the trailer that the storyline – Probation Officer, (Anna Friel), supervises released murderer (Daniel Mays) and risks her career to help him prove his innocence – is unlikely to

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