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Steven Rosenbaum has an interesting article on Fast Company, outlining the reasons why curation is here to stay and the importance that curators will play in your information consumption diet.
He writes: "...So anyone who steps up and volunteers to curate in their area of knowledge and passion is taking on a Herculean task.
They're going to stand between the web and their readers, using all of the tools at their disposal to "listen" to the web, and then pull out of the data stream nuggets of wisdom, breaking news, important new voices, and other salient details.
It's real work, and requires a tireless commitment to being engaged and ready to rebroadcast timely material.
While there may be an economic benefit for being a "thought leader" and "trusted curator," it's not going to happen overnight.
Which is to say, being a superhero is often a thankless job.
The growth in content, both in terms of pure volume and the speed of publishing, has raised some questions about what best practices are in the curation space."
He also has some pretty straightforward advice on what, as a curator, you should never do:
"1. If you don't add context, or opinion, or voice and simply lift content, it's stealing.
2. If you don't provide attribution, and a link back to the source, it's stealing.
3. If you take a large portion of the original content, it's stealing.
4. If someone asks you not to curate their material, and you don't respect that request, it's stealing.
5. Respect published rights. If images don't allow creative commons use, reach out to the image creator--don't just grab it and ask questions later."
And he definitely has a point on all of these.
Via Robin Good, Beth Kanter
Robin Good: Maurice Boucher takes a stand for human curators in the arts, by placing string emphasis on the fact that purely alorithmic solutions cannot really discern people expressed needs and desires from unexpressed ones.
His central point is this: "At the heart of the online music curation role is the possible solution to the expressed need versus unexpressed desire problem that permeates the Internet and prevents us from developing internet culture beyond purely commercial interests."
He writes: "...I know of no algorithm that can work out the difference between what people ask for and what they actually desire.
That is the philosophical question that really is the core software requirement of a music recommendation engine, and music curation is an ideal testbed case to see if we can build a layer on the internet to act as verification of the search process.
...communicating socially and informally (with strangers) and sharing music is not enough to build a bridge between what people ask for and what they desire.
People have to have a sense that some agency is acting at least semi-exclusively for them and has some insight into who they are."
"At the heart of the online music curation role is the possible solution to the expressed need verses unexpressed desire problem that permeates the Internet and prevents us from developing internet culture beyond purely commercial interests."
"The artists have to be included in the equations that run the algorithms of curation and filtering for the internet to have a future beyond being just another compendium of useless facts and trivia."
Via Robin Good