A Developing Story: Creative Commons and international development

I've spent a significant part of the last month-and-a-half designing and building adevelopingstory.org, a not-for-profit site which aggregates multimedia about international development and the developing world. The site aggregates a wide range of material from professionally produced campaign work, to user-generated Flickr photosets, podcasts and written testimony, hopefully bringing these stories to new audiences as well as creating, over time, a categorised archive for those working in international development to use as a point of reference. The site was developed with my two cofound...

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Tweetminster – aggregating political conversations

I discovered Tweetminster yesterday as I followed the election of the new Speaker of the House. Tweetminster is a relatively simple idea - it aggregates and publishes Parlimentarians' tweets (though it would seem that the eventual winner, John Bercow, doesn't yet Tweet). And there's value in this, because without spending time following every Twittering politician (assuming you know their user info) there isn't an easy way to aggregate this kind of info in Twitter. Personally speaking, I think we'll see more places publishing aggregated discussions - pulling together feeds from across th...

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Newspaper aggregation and the political demise of the English squirearchy

I recently did some consultancy work on the shift to digital for a large newspaper, which is why I was particularly interested in this recent post about content aggregation and the newspaper business by Nico Flores at On Demand Media. The crux of Nico's argument (one to which I subscribe) is that the real value of newspapers is their ability to aggregate content, something that wasn't necessarily apparent when they were confined to print. However, as Nico points out elsewhere, there are some powerful forces that make it difficult for newspapers to adopt a new aggregation-based model, in wh...

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