What are Web Aggregation Tools?

Aggregation is the process of transparently gathering together distributed pieces of online content based on an interest in the topic(s), the author(s), or other shared characteristics. RSS readers are one way to aggregate data, but with the increase in personal publishing, new tools for aggregation are emerging. Using these tools, readers can easily track a distributed conversation that takes place across blogs, Twitter, and other publishing platforms, as well as pull in relevant resources from news feeds and other sources. Some educators and students are seeking alternatives to course management systems, preferring to open their discussions and make use of a variety of tools instead. Aggregation can reunite course discussions that once took place within CMS forums, even if they are scattered among different platforms and tools. Aggregation can allow a class to visualize its conversations in new ways. Information is available when and where the reader wishes, in almost any desired format.

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(1) How might this technology be relevant to the museums you know best?

  • You can bring real-time conversations and research together in a more immediate way than ever before, perhaps in the context of an actual object or exhibition. Museum sites can be portals that bring together this information with the foundation of curatorial and scholarly research. And equally, can disseminate this information out. - allegra.burnette allegra.burnette May 3, 2010
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(2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?

  • Imagery can also be pulled into this through semantic web.- allegra.burnette allegra.burnette May 3, 2010
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(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on education and interpretation in museums?

  • Changes the way we teach, and also opens up new opportunities for online courses in museums. And expands the contexts in which interpretation takes place.- allegra.burnette allegra.burnette May 3, 2010
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(4) Do you have or know of a project working in this area?

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