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Digital Curation: Curation Vocabulary

Critical Words and Phrases

cloud computing: use and access of multiple server-based computational resources via a digital network (WAN, Internet connection using the World Wide Web, etc.). Cloud users may access the server resources using a computer, netbook, pad computer, smart phone, or other device. In cloud computing, applications are provided and managed by the cloud server and data is also stored remotely in the cloud configuration. Users do not download and install applications on their own device or computer; all processing and storage is maintained by the cloud server. The on-line services may be offered from a cloud provider or by a private organization. Wikipedia

embed: to paste code and have it live in your parking lot. Embed code can be a slideshow, document, video, poll, ebook, etc.

mash-up: digital media content containing any or all of textgraphicsaudiovideo and animation drawn from pre-existing sources, to create a new derivative work. . . Digital mashups represent a new phase in the re-use of existing works not so much conceptually as in ease of use. . .A major contributing factor to the spread of digital mashups is of course the World Wide Web, which provides channels both for acquiring source material and for distributing derivative works, both often at negligible cost. Current widespread practices of creating digital mashups have raised significant questions of intellectual property and copyright, which have been addressed by Lawrence Lessig, among others. While questioning the law, mashups are also questioning the very act of creation. Are the artists creating when they use other individuals' work? How will artists prove their creative input? Wikipedia

parking lot: A term for the platform you select for creating content and embedding content from other platforms

pathfinder: librarian-created guide or blueprint for research

PLE: Personal Learning Environments (PLE) are systems that help learners take control of and manage their own learning . This includes providing support for learners to:

  • set their own learning goals
  • manage their learning, both content and process
  • communicate with others in the process of learning (Wikipedia)

rss.pngRSS Feeds: most commonly expanded as Really Simple Syndication is a family of web feed formats used to publish frequently updated works—such as blog entries, news headlines, audio, and video—in a standardized format. An RSS document (which is called a "feed", "web feed", or "channel") includes full or summarized text, plus metadatasuch as publishing dates and authorship. Web feeds benefit publishers by letting them syndicate content automatically. They benefit readers who want to subscribe to timely updates from favored websites or to aggregate feeds from many sites into one place. RSS feeds can be read using software called an "RSS reader", "feed reader", or "aggregator", which can be web-baseddesktop-based, or mobile-device-based. A standardized XML file format allows the information to be published once and viewed by many different programs. The user subscribes to a feed by entering into the reader the feed's URI or by clicking a feed icon in a web browser that initiates the subscription process. Wikipedia

Widget: mini-applications that may be embedded in websites, blogs, wikis, Nings, etc. They are often dynamic and interactive. You may use widgets to subscribe to RSS feeds and other push content.
Note: Many applications provide embed code.

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