Thoughts on Curation Styles

Comparing:Data Driven Curation – Trip advisors top 25 Hotels in the world & Curation written by Editiors – Gold standard Hotels 2015

The data driven curation uses short, in first person excerpts to accompany the pictures of the hotel.  This style mimics what one might put on a comment card whilst visiting the particular hotel, especially with the use of the quotation marks.  Tripadvisor is a great website for travellers wanting to visit a place and get a “real” perspective/from the customers point of view, as it allows customers to leave comments and rate their experience.  The excerpts used would have been taken from actual customer experiences, so the audience knows that it can trust the source (even though the bad comments can be left off).

The curation written by editors is more of a traveller magazine article style.  This highlights the different places in a positive light, focusing on each ones amenities.  The aim would be to entice/ promote each location using descriptive language to sell an experience.

Both curations are similar in the sense that they want to attract customers, one by using past customers good comments, and the other by illustrating the destination by its amenities.

 

 

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Giving to-be Parents a Chance

Australia could see surrogacy bans lifted in the coming months as Attorney General Gabrielle Upton reviews current laws, which will make advertising for Altruistic surrogacy provisions legal in New South Wales (Davey, 2015).  Commercial surrogacy along with advertising for altruistic surrogacy is currently illegal in Australia, with hopeful to-be parents, outsourcing to global surrogacy arrangements.

Australia is the largest user nation globally of cross-border surrogacy, and it is our punitive laws banning compensation and advertising have had no positive effect (Everingham).  Australians entering into commercial surrogacy arrangements overseas experience high levels of multiple pregnancies and premature births, placing the health of the surrogate and their children at risk, new research has found explains Davey (2015).

The tragic case of baby Gammy, a twin born through surrogacy with Down’s syndrome in Thailand whom was left behind, while his twin was brought back to Australia.  This had serious backlash, with Thailand closing off its surrogacy option for Australia, and minimising options for to-be Australian parents (Van Wichelen, 2015).

The suggestion here is that if we do not accept altruistic surrogacy and put measures in place to regulate it, we will drive commercial surrogacy underground (Bindel, 2015).  The call for reform and regulation on laws surrounding this issue are evident.

Each state in Australia has its own legislation on the matter, and John Pascoe Chief Judge Federal circuit court of Australia and Diana Bryant Chief Justice Family court of Australia, have called for law reform in this area, saying that Commercial surrogacy in Australia is illegal, the problem is that by not regulating the surrogate and child are put at risk (Marriner, 2015).

The benefits to having such a reform would protect both parent and child and provide an environment domestically.  Evidence of successful surrogacy arrangements in countries such as America, is a hopeful future direction that Australia can move towards.

References

Bindel, J 2015,’ Commercial surrogacy is a rigged market in wombs for rent’, The Guardian, 21 February, viewed 22 September 2015, http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/feb/20/commercial-surrogacy-wombs-rent-same-sex-pregnancy

Davey, M 2015, ‘Commercial overseas surrogacy more dangerous, Australian study finds’, The Guardian, 28 August, viewed 20 September, http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/aug/28/commercial-overseas-surrogacy-more-dangerous-australian-study-finds

Davey, M 2015, ‘New South Wales attorney general considers surrogacy law changes’ 2015, The Guardian, 20 September, viewed 22 September 2015, http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/sep/20/new-south-wales-attorney-general-considers-surrogacy-law-changes

Marriner, C 2015, ‘NSW considers allowing couples to advertise for surrogates’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 20 September, viewed 21 September 2015, http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/nsw-considers-allowing-couples-to-advertise-for-surrogates-20150918-gjq9ga.html

Van Wichelen, S 2015, ‘What chance for international surrogacy laws?’, ABC News, 20 August, viewed 6 September, http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-08-21/van-whichelen-what-chance-for-international-surrogacy-laws/5683746

Will the China –Australia FTA Threatened Australia’s Jobs and Industry?

The China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) that was signed on 17 June 2015 in Canberra, promised to be a step in the right direction for Australia’s economy.  China being Australia’s largest export market for goods and services has come into focus of late, as apparent loop holes in the ChAFTA have surfaced, meaning serious disadvantages to both Australian jobs and industry (Martin, 2015).

Australian Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb said that the Free Trade Agreement is about creating hundreds of thousands of jobs for Australians, providing a real, positive future for job seekers, he told The Guardian (Martin, 2015).  He said these trade deals will create almost 9000 jobs per year and create 178,000 jobs by the time all the agreements come into full force in 2035.

According to the Canberra- based centre for international economics however, it will create only thousands of jobs (Martin, 2015).  Political Editor of The Age, Peter Martin said in response that the Labour force is under threat due to there being no requirement for labour market testing (Martin, 2015).

Mr Martin although agrees that the department of immigration is practiced in enforcing laws, which in this case is checking the availability of Australian workers to make sure they are available first.  He said his concern is that these requirements that are imposed by the department of immigration, aren’t legislated in law (Martin, 2015).

A departmental spokesperson has told the ABC fact check unit that in unique and exceptional circumstances the requirement can be waived (Martin, 2015). Former Trade Minister Craig Emmerson also confirmed how easy it would be for waivers to employment restrictions.  He said that all it would take is a simple amendment to the migration act, in section 140GBA to put beyond doubt the requirement of Australia firms wanting to come to Australia (Martin, 2015).  He said that this could all be done without touching the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement or the memorandum of understanding that accompanies it.

The department of Foreign Affairs, has released information on the agreement, and confirms that no such actions can take place, encouraging concerned Australians to get in touch with their offices if they are concerned (dfat.gov.au, 2015).

References

Australian Government, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade 2015 ‘China-Australia FTA (ChAFTA): myths versus realities’, 2015, viewed 6 September 2015, http://dfat.gov.au/trade/agreements/chafta/fact-sheets/Pages/chafta-myths-versus-realities.aspx

Martin, P 2015, ‘China-Australia free trade agreement: the collision course that’s a distraction’, The Age, 8 September, viewed 11 September 2015,http://www.theage.com.au/comment/chinaaustralia-free-trade-agreement-the-collision-course-thats-a-distraction-20150907-gjgl6f.html#ixzz3mJIRTUIc

Martin, P 2015, ‘How many jobs? The China-Australia Free Trade Agreement will create hardly any’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 14 September, viewed 16 September 2015, http://www.smh.com.au/comment/how-many-jobs-the-chinaaustralia-free-trade-agreement-will-create-hardly-any-20150914-gjlv06.html

Pinning your Interests

In choosing a social media network that is most suitable and aligned with my interests is Pinterest.  Although I love the written word and hopefully one day will be quite the wordsmith, I am a visual creature at heart, which is reflected in my love of drawing, cooking and working out.

On a personal level, I can use this network to create a virtual scrap book of all the topics that I love.  When someone has so many interests in creative virtues, Pinterest allows you to create virtual boards which you can “pin” images and quotes, without the hassle of putting paint to canvas.  The other bonus is sharing and finding inspirational material based on the topic you like.

On a professional level, I could see how Pinterest could be used for business with its marketable qualities.  Before starting your efforts, and in line with analytics already gained – you can see what is popular from “pinners”, with the added benefit of speaking directly with them.

After curating a few boards on topics (which are quite specific), the advantage is that instead of just selling your product, you could use imagery to show your target what inspires your ideas.  In a sense you are welcoming your customers into your world, and humanising the experience – essentially creating value.

 

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Pinterest – Pin Your Interest!

I have always been a big believer in vision boards, and in this culture that has a camera with them at all times due to mobile phones, it is no wonder that this type of photo-driven culture was a natural by product.

Pinterest is the social network based on sharing pictures and to a lesser extent videos.  Pinterest users create pin boards where they pin or share images they like to a board.  Users can create pin boards on any topic they like and then pin related images to that board.  Similar to twitter, Pinterest users can follow other Pinterest users to see what images they pin and what pin boards they create

Your updates in Pinterest are public which means anybody can follow you and you can follow anybody you like.  You can re-pin what other people have pinned to their boards in a similar way that people retweet using twitter, you can also add hash tags to add your pins to a topic

Like Facebook there are ‘pin it’ buttons showing around the web similar to like and share buttons that allow you to share on Pinterest directly from the webpage you are visiting.  You can also like the other pins people share on Pinterest and you can post comments directly below each pin.

Pinterest integrates with twitter and Facebook allowing you to share content posted on Pinterest to both networks. Perfect for online retailers because it acts like a wish list for customers.

What you can create is value, one of the most important aspects to customers with this easy to use network.

Review a Newsletter

I decided to review a newsletter this week.

The newsletter I chose came from IUCN-SSC Crocodile Specialist Group (CSG)

VOLUME 31 No. 2 • APRIL 2012 – JUNE 2012

http://www.iucncsg.org/365_docs/attachments/protarea/32(2-106e97f8.pdf

 

The newsletter provides information on regional conservation, status,  news and current events concerning crocodilians, and on the activities of the CSG in different parts of the world where crocodilian conservation exist.

Some of the regional stories in South and East Africa region in this issue for example include; the decline in Loskop dam population still being monitored (South Africa), and increase in Human-Crocodile conflict with the increased annual floods (Botswana).

The target audience for this newsletter are both members of the CSG and crocodilian enthusiasts.  The newsletter covers wide spread regions in each issue, following topics of interest as they progress.  The stories are well informed and speak both to the geographical and veterinarian issues surrounding crocodiles.

As a science journalist I would like to follow up on the Human-Crocodile conflict with the increased annual floods in Botswana.  I think that this is a very important issue as it effects the people of Botswana in their day to day life, especially if their are causalities found.  For a science Journalist reporting on a possible solution would be rewarding as well.

With the amount of information that is included in this newsletter, the basic layout and point form makes it easy to find what you need to without having to read the whole article.  Also the information itself is clearly represented for both the expert and lay person.

To Bomb or not to Bomb? That should not be the question.

After one week, the Abbott government will decide whether to involve Australia in the fight against the Islamic state in Syria, or wait until a meeting with President Obama in September before deciding on any action (The Guardian, 2015).   Australia’s involvement would effectively be expanding military operations; include helping with airstrikes over Syria, surveillance reconnaissance and air refuelling in Syria’s border area (The Guardian, 2015).

Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop said the US formerly asked Australia to expand its operations in the Middle East.  She said that this would include air strikes, however the government needs to consider the credible legal basis for such an action.  She said that it is complicated by the non-recognition of the Assad regime in Syria, however the US believe this border region is effectively an ungoverned space so it has legal authority to bomb Islamic state extremists here (Jackson, 2015).

Australia allied with the US led action in response to the Terrorist attacks on the US of 11th September 2011 (aph.gov.au), which was cited a sufficient basis for invoking the mutual-defence clauses of the ANZUS treaty (ANZUS, 2001).  Additionally the level of commitment since October 2001 from Australia has been complicated by the dual deployment of forces to the Middle East, and this is why Australia’s next move needs to be made cautiously.

The war on terror has devastated Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya as they lie in ruins and instability has spread throughout the Middle East and beyond.  It is the failed policies that have evoked terrorism, and further bombing to Syria will only worsen the already desperate situation.

David Cameron’s government may have ignored parliament’s vote against bombing Syria in 2013, as authorised British pilots bombed away, but Australia doesn’t have to follow suit.  In fact, Australia I think we need to sit this one out and concentrate our efforts in making it difficult for dictators to get the support they need, and stop making situations where Isis and other Jihadi groups can thrive.

References

‘Tony Abbott to spend at least a week weighing up Isis Syria campaign’, The Guardian, 23 August, viewed 24 August, http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/aug/23/tony-abbott-to-decide-on-joining-fight-against-islamic-state-after-us-talks

Jackson, J 2015, ‘Western bombs will not stop Isis in Syria’, The Guardian, 25 August, viewed 25 August, http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/aug/24/western-bombs-will-not-stop-isis-in-syria

http://www.aph.gov.au/About_Parliament/Parliamentary_Departments/Parliamentary_Library/pubs/BN/1011/MilitaryInvolvementAfghanistan#_ftnref1

J Howard (Prime Minister), Application of ANZUS Treaty to terrorist attacks on the United States, media release, 14 September 2001, viewed 25 June 2015, http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;query=Id%3A%22media%2Fpressrel%2FYFY46%22