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Curate The Best Tech Answers Online with Microsoft Curah!

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A new site focused on providing technical answers.

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Robin Good's curator insight, November 20, 2013 3:31 PM



Curah! is a new site focusing on curating the best tech answers available online. 


Targeted mainly at developers, the new Microsoft information portal has been designed to provide curated answers on topics ranging from high-level technology descriptions to deep technical articles covering specific problems that developers commonly face.


By exploring the home page you can already find a set of gret examples of curated answers in which a Microsoft trusted expert has collected a set of artcìicles and online resources highly relevant to a specific topic.


"We’ve developed Curah! as a way to help customers discover great technical content. Curah! has a very specific purpose: to help people searching in Bing or Google find annotated collections of great content that specifically target common user questions."


Source: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/somasegar/archive/2013/11/20/curah-curate-the-web-and-share-what-you-know.aspx 


My comment: A great example of the value that content curation can provide to customers, developers as well as to the public at large. The choice of starting the site with great examples to follow-up on is also the best possible approach to guide and train future contributors on what is expected of them. A great model for the many specialized curated answer sites that will spring up in coming years.



Free to use.


Check it out now here: http://curah.microsoft.com/ 


FAQ: http://curah.microsoft.com/32226/curah-frequently-asked-questions 







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Editorialized content curation = SEO gold.

Editorialized content curation = SEO gold. | Content Curation | Scoop.it

One of the effects of the rise of popularity in content marketing has been a surge in content curation; the practice of aggregating similar content into one place in an attempt to create new value.


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Wonderful article showing the value that good curation can add to search engine results. The best curations are not robotic compilation of links, but a thoughtful editorial take on a subject. Well worth the read.

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Ally Greer's curator insight, January 7, 4:45 PM

The lesson: curation is an excellent strategy to increase SEO rankings given that it's done right - aggregation can seem useful in providing lots of content, but it's ultimately a non-value-adding collection of content that means nothing to search engines and even less to readers. When quality content is hand-selected, editorialized, and given value, curation wins audiences and search engines alike.

Witmer Group's curator insight, January 7, 8:10 PM

Excellent article!  

Sylvain Richard's curator insight, January 8, 9:00 AM

Content curation: a strategy to increase SEO rankings 

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How Crowdsourced Curation Helps Sellers and Buyers Find Their Perfect Match Faster

How Crowdsourced Curation Helps Sellers and Buyers Find Their Perfect Match Faster | Content Curation | Scoop.it

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As a ThemeForest user, I totally understand how difficult is has been to find the right design from so many wonderful options. Applying curation to this process seems like a natural extension. Look forward to using the site much more in the future.

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Robin Good's curator insight, November 17, 2013 1:18 PM


Here is a great example of how the spontaneous content curation efforts by individual users of a marketplace can provide significant benefits both to the marketplace sellers as well to all buyers.


On ThemeForest, which is one of the largest and best catalogues of web site themes and designs, you can find an endless number of curated collections of templates, image sets, presentation decks and others resources (like video footage or soundtracks) for publishing quality content on the web. In fact, there are so many of them that the main problem for whoever goes to shop there, is the time needed to search and find what may best fit his needs.


But thanks to a community feature called "collections", any registered user can collect and organize individual themes found on ThemeForest into individual collections which can be shared with everyone publicly (or kept private).


Here some great examples: 


The ensuing benefit for the users of the marketplace is the ability to find more rapidly valuable items within the ocean of options available.


As a consequence also whoever runs Themeforest benefits from more sales and less time spent by new buyers in finding what they are looking for.


But there's more.


Since ThemeForest is part of a larger network of design resources that includes video assets (VideoHive), graphic resources (Graphic River), design apps (CodeCanyon) and several others, the collections can and do often include assets coming from the other sites of the network facilitating serendpitous discovery for buyers of other useful products.


Finally, individual merchants selling on the Envato network can curate their own collections showcasing their best work according to specific uses and applications.


A great example of how curation can significantly help online sales in situations where there is a very large number of products or services on sale.


Check it out now: http://themeforest.net/collections 





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Why Crowdsourcing Future Is Moving To Curation, Synthesis and Things

Why Crowdsourcing Future Is Moving To Curation, Synthesis and Things | Content Curation | Scoop.it

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Although directed at content marketing, these ideas translate into technical communications where users are trying to help each other find the best technical content. I totally agree that the fundamental way in which we communicate through content is shifting.

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kitty de bruin's curator insight, October 25, 2013 4:15 AM

co creating, such a nice way to work together

María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, November 16, 2013 8:13 AM

Great one.

irene's curator insight, January 10, 9:16 AM

Perché il futuro del Crowdsourcing va in direzione della cura, sintesi e cose varie.

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Curate The Best Tech Answers Online with Microsoft Curah!

Curate The Best Tech Answers Online with Microsoft Curah! | Content Curation | Scoop.it

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A new site focused on providing technical answers.

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Robin Good's curator insight, November 20, 2013 3:31 PM



Curah! is a new site focusing on curating the best tech answers available online. 


Targeted mainly at developers, the new Microsoft information portal has been designed to provide curated answers on topics ranging from high-level technology descriptions to deep technical articles covering specific problems that developers commonly face.


By exploring the home page you can already find a set of gret examples of curated answers in which a Microsoft trusted expert has collected a set of artcìicles and online resources highly relevant to a specific topic.


"We’ve developed Curah! as a way to help customers discover great technical content. Curah! has a very specific purpose: to help people searching in Bing or Google find annotated collections of great content that specifically target common user questions."


Source: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/somasegar/archive/2013/11/20/curah-curate-the-web-and-share-what-you-know.aspx 


My comment: A great example of the value that content curation can provide to customers, developers as well as to the public at large. The choice of starting the site with great examples to follow-up on is also the best possible approach to guide and train future contributors on what is expected of them. A great model for the many specialized curated answer sites that will spring up in coming years.



Free to use.


Check it out now here: http://curah.microsoft.com/ 


FAQ: http://curah.microsoft.com/32226/curah-frequently-asked-questions 







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Scoop.it in Seven Tools for Finding Great Content to Share

Scoop.it in Seven Tools for Finding Great Content to Share | Content Curation | Scoop.it

"Content - Not enough time to find the best content to share with your audience? Too many articles to read to keep up with what's going on in your industry?"


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Bill Weigall's curator insight, October 12, 2013 11:35 PM

Something for most tastes and styles herein...

Ready Mobile Solutions's curator insight, January 22, 5:26 PM

Awesome content to build your brand!

Bill Gassett's curator insight, February 3, 1:22 PM

How to get your content to be seen by more people through content curation and other social media tricks.

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A Guide to Content Curation 101

A Guide to Content Curation 101 | Content Curation | Scoop.it
Content curation is a critical aspect of an organization’s social media and content marketing strategies. Used correctly, it has the power to inspire, influence (Let’s get Social!

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Next-Generation White Papers: Content Marketing With Ebooks

Next-Generation White Papers: Content Marketing With Ebooks | Content Curation | Scoop.it

Remember the days when the white paper was the go-to (if not only) content marketing tool? Those days are such a distant memory that the term "content marketing" didn't even exist during the white paper's heyday in the 1990s. In its place have emerged a whole array of content channels-blogs, magazines, videos, social networking campaigns, and so on-and a new collective term for them, that delivers dynamic and engaging branded information, the ultimate intention of which is to drive sales.

 

None of these content marketing tools in their own right, however, is the direct successor of the white paper. No blog post or magazine article can make as direct a business case as a white paper could-or, if it tried to, you'd probably be in some hot water with your chief content officer for making it too much of a hard sell. In an effort to merge the dynamic, engaging presentation that is inherent in successful content marketing tools with a white paper's straightforward, comprehensive presentation of a business case, content marketers are turning to the latest proven tool in publishing-the ebook."Simply put, ebooks are an evolution of the old white paper," says Rachel Christianson, director of fulfillment at the social media marketing company HipLogiq. "But they're way more user-friendly and not weighed down with lots of data."...


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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, October 14, 2013 11:48 AM

ebooks are today's authoritative version of a white paper. Engaging content is critical but don't forget your distribution channel.

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Content Curation: 5 Great Collections of Resources by Robin Good

Content Curation: 5 Great Collections of Resources by Robin Good | Content Curation | Scoop.it
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“To help out anyone needing to support the explanation of content curation to others, here are five comprehensive resource collections I have put together over the course of the last year.

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Is Commentary Required in Content Curation?

So when employing content curation is commentary absolutely necessary? Is commentary something you always have to add? Or is the simple fact that your choosi...
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Credit and Attribution Are Fantastic Untapped Resources for Discovery, Not Duties: Maria Popova and The Curator's Code

Credit and Attribution Are Fantastic Untapped Resources for Discovery, Not Duties: Maria Popova and The Curator's Code | Content Curation | Scoop.it

Robin Good curated this article and provided the following summary and commentary:

 

: Maria Popova has just launched a classy and laudable initiative, focused on increasing awareness and in highlighting the importance of honoring always where or via who you have got to a certain article, report, video or image.

 

Credit and attribution are not just a "formal" way to comply with rules, laws and authors but an incredibly powerful emebddable mechanism to augment findability, discovery, sinergy and collaboration among human being interested in the same topic.

 

She writes: "In an age of information overload, information discovery — the service of bringing to the public’s attention that which is interesting, meaningful, important, and otherwise worthy of our time and thought — is a form of creative and intellectual labor, and one of increasing importance and urgency.

 

A form of authorship, if you will.

 

Yet we don’t have a standardized system for honoring discovery the way we honor other forms of authorship and other modalities of creative and intellectual investment, from literary citations to Creative Commons image rights."

 

For this purpose Curator's Code was created.

 

Curator's Code is first of all "a movement to honor and standardize attribution of discovery across the web" as well as a web site where you can learn about the two key types of attribution that we should be using:

a) Via - which indicates a link of direct discovery

b) Hat tip - Indicates a link of indirect discovery, story lead, or inspiration.

 

Each one has now a peculiar characterizing icon that Curator's Code suggests to integrate in your news and content publication policies. 

 

Additionally and to make it easy for anyone to integrate these new attribution icons in their work, Curator's Code has created a free bokkmarklet which makes using proper attribution a matter of one clic.

 

Hat tip to Maria Popova and Curator's Code for launching this initiative. 

 

Whether or not you will sign Curator's Code pledge, become an official web site supporting it, or adopt its bookmarklet instantly is not as important as the key idea behind it: by providing credit and attribution to pieces of content you find elsewhere, you not only honestly reward who has spent time to create that content, but you significantly boost the opportunity for thousands of others to connect, link up to, discover and make greater sense of their search for meaning.

 

Read Maria Popova introductory article to Curator's Code: http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2012/03/09/curators-code/ ;

 

How to use the Curator's bookmarklet: http://vimeo.com/38243275 ;

 

Healthy. Inspiring. 9/10

 

Curator's Code official web site: http://curatorscode.org/ ;

 

N.B.: Too bad that the Curator's Code bookmarklet doesn't work with Scoop.it, as the one excludes the other. But you could save the two codes for the special attribution characters in a text note and copy and paste whicever you need. Given the need for simplicity and integration this is not an ideal solution but I am sure that between Maria and Guillaume at Scoop.it they will find a way to make this work easily for all. Maria and Guillaume: what do you say?

 

Note from Beth Kanter:   I originally discovered this post ᔥ Barbara Bray but traced it back to the original source Robin Good to rescoop it because I think it is important to give credit to the curator who discovered it.   To do this takes a little bit of extra time but it slows me down so I read the post, understand it, and give credit to the curator and source.  

 

What about you?   Do you rescoop it from the collection where your found it or do you look for the original curator who discovered it and give credit there?    

 

 

 


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Beth Kanter's comment, March 11, 2012 1:01 PM
Thanks Robin for sharing and curating this article with your summary. I discovered it via Barbara Bray's collection where she had re scooped your scoop -- [and if following the curator's code added a via]. I came over here to rescoop (with a via!) because you are the original source and one of the links was broken (you corrected it and added an update) thus reminding me the importance of going to the original source. Here on scoop.it you can just follow the trail of the rescoop icon.

I am disappointed that the bookmarklet doesn't work together with the scoop.it one - but it would be great to have it integrated. Now to figure out how to rescoop it with the characters.
Robin Good's comment, March 11, 2012 1:12 PM
Hi Beth, thanks for your kind feedback. I was just out today for a video interview with Nancy White here in Rome, and she mentioned you as someone she likes for your ability to curate and make sense of things.

Re the integration of the curators' code icons, I have received feedback from Guillaume De Cugies of Scoop.it that he has been exchanging with Maria Popova and that he is looking with her for a way to integrate the two.

For now you can simply install the Curators' Code bookmarklet and use the "via"<a href="http://www.curatorscode.org" target="_blank" style="font-family:sans-serif;text-decoration:none" >&#x1525;</a> or hat tip <a href="http://www.curatorscode.org" target="_blank" style="font-family:sans-serif;text-decoration:none" >&#x21ac;</a> icons by copying and pasting their code into your scoops manually. The problem, at least for me is, that the scoop.it editing window is in the same position where the Curators' Code bookmarklet is and therefore I can't see both at the same time.

In any case I think it would be trivial for Scoop.it or any other tool to integrate such buttons directly into their system without having us to use two different tools for one task.
Karen Dietz's comment, March 11, 2012 9:36 PM
Many thanks Robin for the help! Somehow I missed the article -- computer fatigue probably :) I read it earlier today and look forward to using the codes. I'm thrilled to hear that scoop.it is looking into integrating them into the platform. Thanks for keeping us updated on this new, and important twist, for curating. Cheers -- Karen
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The Importance of Content Curation - coffey and tea

The Importance of Content Curation - coffey and tea | Content Curation | Scoop.it
Content curation is the art of repurposing content to find the right ingredients for a perfect content marketing mix (The Importance of Content Curation http://t.co/PJGfmwd0wP)...
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Love the infographic. Great way of breaking down the use of content curation.

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Why Content Curation Is Disruptive

Why Content Curation Is Disruptive | Content Curation | Scoop.it

The power of curation’s feedback loops is why to curate more than you create AND why the best ratio may be as high as 90% curation to 10% creation.

 

by @Martin (Marty) Smith on @ janlgordon's curatti.com


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ELISA TANGKEARUNG's curator insight, November 21, 2013 10:36 AM

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Bonnie McEwan's curator insight, November 22, 2013 12:47 PM

Another point in favor of curation over origination is that is it generally less time consuming. You can be a real player in the curation area and still have enough time to spend on client work and other tasks.

Lori Wilk's curator insight, November 22, 2013 1:44 PM

This is so true. I often get immediate support and responses to content I have curated #curation#socialmedia

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Is Your Content Curation Truly Useful or Is It Just a Marketing Tactic?

Is Your Content Curation Truly Useful or Is It Just a Marketing Tactic? | Content Curation | Scoop.it

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Totally agree with the concept that sometimes less truly is more. One of the hardest skills to develop is to sort out what is truly important.

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Robin Good's curator insight, October 18, 2013 8:16 AM



Here is the idea: "The drive for offering ‘more’ is not always the best path.


It does not always create something unique. It does not always better serve a target audience. It does not always differentiate you from the competition. It does not always offer something that can’t be found elsewhere. It does not always solve a problem, or fulfill a desire."


Collecting and regurgitating all of the news that "appear" to be relevant may not be such a great idea after all.


"With unlimited server space and free distribution, the temptation can be too great to share AS MUCH content as possible, with the theory that they are better serving the many sub-niches of their market. In other words, you may often see less curation, and more collection."

I don't know if I'd be so generous to label "collection" this uncontrolled regurgitation of content with little real vetting and verification (let alone curation), but Dan Blank, has an interesting story about curation and collectors that I woud not hesitate to recommend reading.


There are some good insights in it.


One of them rings like this: "...collecting behavior is to collect AS MUCH of something as possible, and not curate or edit their collection at all.


Indeed I see many supposed curators doing exactly this.

 

Because, as Dan writes correctly "...with unlimited bandwidth and free distribution channels with digital media, it can be sooooo tempting to post more and more content, aimed at more and more target markets.


Plus, the temptation to seem as large as possible, and to give Google as much content as possible to crawl for all of those searches."


But there's a lot more valuable stuff and insight to get by reading in full the original story (even if it was written in 2010).


Insightful. Truthful. 8/10


Full article: http://wegrowmedia.com/digital-publishing-curation-vs-collection-vs-experience/ 


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Mariale Peñalosa Arguijo's curator insight, October 18, 2013 10:41 PM

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Thorsten Strauss's curator insight, October 19, 2013 4:43 AM

Good questions but I think digital curation has different dynamics and also purposes. What do you think?

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What is Curation?

This is the first in a series of videos explaining the shifts we're seeing in the world of content creation. Curation has exploded with the growth of Twitter, Tumblr…
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Content Curation | Robert Scoble Interview | Social Media Today

Content Curation | Robert Scoble Interview | Social Media Today | Content Curation | Scoop.it
Robert Scoble's interview on how to be a good curator had some great advice on mastering the art and science of content curation using social media and other digital technologies.
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Content Curation: Pruning Old “Fresh” Content To Reveal The Evergreen - Search Engine Land

Content Curation: Pruning Old “Fresh” Content To Reveal The Evergreen - Search Engine Land | Content Curation | Scoop.it
Content Curation: Pruning Old “Fresh” Content To Reveal The Evergreen
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Top 10 Free Content Curation Tools for Teachers

Top 10 Free Content Curation Tools for Teachers | Content Curation | Scoop.it
Finding educational content in the web is no big deal- but managing it, is.
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Digital Curation: Putting the Pieces Together | Sue Waters Blog

Digital Curation: Putting the Pieces Together | Sue Waters Blog | Content Curation | Scoop.it
New Post: Digital Curation: Putting the Pieces Together http://t.co/KjnD09pDA8 for #rscon4 #ce13
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