Content Sprawl: Herding The Cats, Part 2

Organize “collections” by relevance and purpose

If you are a content maker with a personal or work audience, being able to use your own collection effectively is both a relief and an advantage. When your content is important enough to have an audience, relevant content makes you a better provider for the audience.

The different systems that we already use help us make sure that we can get things made and initially distributed when and why we need to do so.

Meanwhile, search engines are great at gathering things together from collections, per some criteria. Items in many formats from many online locations are presented in a single group of “results”.

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Exploiting what you already expect from search, eXie easily lets you do the following things:

  • Group many different items having the same importance and use, in a single location
  • Group together many instances of the same kind of item from many different locations
  • Place a single item in a variety of different groups where it is strongly relevant

But, eXie goes farther. It provides a simple way to keep them collected together for more tailored, repeated reference and use regardless of where they wind up online. And it shows the organized collection that way.

Curating the Content

eXie makes it simple for you to create groupings that show why the content is worthwhile.

  • Each grouping is based on an idea (subject) that is important to remember and use.
  • The way that the idea has importance is what the group’s items really have in common
  • That importance is the reason why they should stay in the collection.
  • That same importance is also the reason why people look for things.

With eXie, you arrange your collection of online content items without having to change their actual locations.

  • You “inventory” weblinks to your preferred known online locations of the content.
  • You catalog the inventory links based on ideas important to your audience, making the catalog itself a portfolio to be used by your audience.
  • Managing the portfolio means adding, updating or removing the links to content based on the content’s strength of relevance to the portfolio.
  • eXie makes those ideas highly visible, so that helpful decisions are easily made about handling the content

Handling your content in portfolio-fashion strengthens the awareness of why the content is important.

That awareness is the best justification for saving the content, and it is the best “search criteria” for your next and ongoing use of your best content.

 

Maximizing your eXie use

Sign in to eXie to see templates for many uses of eXie’s content cataloging frames.

Use an existing template or create new frames for yourself.

Each frame consists of labelled columns and rows that allow you to identify the “coordinates” defining a grouping of your content.

A column identifies a flavor or a subset of a subject; and a row identifies a way of thinking about it.

In a given frame, all items are relevant to a single subject matter; within the frame, content applies in a highly systematic way.

Because the frame advertises the way content is relevant, but the provider and the user of content have the same frame of mind about using the collection.

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By cross referencing what you’re describing with how to think about it, the resulting eXie frame-of-reference systematically “maps out” coverage of a subject area.

Online content is linked to those crossing points, which makes finding relevant content like using a graph to pinpoint related information.

There is no limit to how many different frames of reference you can create; any item of online content can be referenced by a frame, if the item is relevant. And different frames provide differing ways of viewing the same content collection.

Sharing a frame with others allows them to see your collection the same way you do, with the same perspective. Your frame shows how content in the collection should be valuable, whether it already exists or not. Parties that you share with can be your audience, your reviewers, or your content production partners.