I am "curating" these articles for you. What does this mean? What am I attempting to do? How will you benefit?
Curation is all about "taking care" of something, in the sense of helping someone "else" be able to dive in and make sense of a specific topic, issue, event or news story.
It is about collecting, but it is also about explaining, illustrating, bringing in different points of view and updating the view as it changes.
Adam Schweigert captures the essence of it elegantly:
Part guide and collector, part interpreter, part researcher, part archivist, the curator of news does all of the above:
a) collects and organizes information,
b) places it in a broader context,
c) mines the archives to surface bits of historical information, advances our understanding of the story and the driving forces behind it and, perhaps most importantly,
d) takes care to ensure that a story is properly maintained and told in the best possible way for our audience to take it in.
Curation is about taking care to ensure that our audience has the best possible information, context and presentation for that information."
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Via Robin Good