June 4, 2010 – The Nieman Journalism Lab’s “Aggregators, Curators, and Indexers: There’s a Difference and It Matters” makes a great deal of sense. You will want to read the original write-up by C. W.Anderson. For us, the most interesting comment was:
Anytime you hear someone talk about Google News, The Huffington Post, Gawker, blogging, aggregating, curation, and indexing as if they are the same phenomenon, ignore them. And if they attach that discussion to a set of policy recommendations, without acknowledging the full complexity of what it is people actually do when they aggregate, curate, and index information — well, then you should put your fingers in your ears and run in the other direction.
We have one point to add: professional indexing will become more, not less, important.