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Content curation as personal knowledge management - finding, gathering and organizing content with a critical perspective.
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Content Curation & Distribution featuring StumbleUpon, Scoop.it, Trap.it | G Social Media

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How To Use Pinterest In The Classroom [Video] | Edudemic

How To Use Pinterest In The Classroom [Video] | Edudemic | Content Curation for Online Education | Scoop.it

The ecard says it all: escape the drama and bad grammar on Facebook by joining Pinterest.

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What Curators Need: Finding More Of What They Are Interested In - Technology Forecast

What Curators Need: Finding More Of What They Are Interested In - Technology Forecast | Content Curation for Online Education | Scoop.it

Another great find from Robin Good

 

I dug deeper into the report that the video summarized:

http://www.pwc.com/en_US/us/technology-forecast/2011/issue3/assets/transforming-collaboration-with-social-tools.pdf

 

The report is dense and it is written for coporations looking at selecting vendors for internal social collaboration platforms.   So, alot of isn't relevant for nonprofits.    The video, however, as Robin notes, is useful for the big picture.

 

But, on page 12, I found an interesting conceptual idea about the importance of social context creation that help overcome information overload.    It talks about the social graph.  It resonated with some early work of Rashmi Simha about social software design in the early days (see deck slides 22-30) http://www.slideshare.net/rashmi/designing-for-social-sharing-3569

 

In the early stages of social (think 200 3-2006),  we socialized around object collection.   We found other people through our interests.  For me this happened by using delicious - I connected with people by looking at their collections and following them when there a common interest.    I also used this strategy with Flickr.

 

Next phase was the "Social Graph" - that connected to idea/info through our friends. This phase happened when Facebook opened the gates. We discovered stuff through our friends -- or the "social graph"  - a term that started being used around 2007. (http://beth.typepad.com/beths_blog/2007/09/how-to-avoid-so.html)  - and discussion about open social graphs (http://beth.typepad.com/beths_blog/opensocial/)

 

In the report, on page 12, here is how the social graph is explained in the context of an Enteprise collaobration model

 

Divergent Phase:  Social information appears but it is siloed

Convergent Phase:  Information is more accessible but difficult to search

Navigational Phase:  Information in graph form becomes integrated and navigable.

 

Key idea:  Context creates relevance.   Refers to this post in TechCrunch - http://techcrunch.com/2011/03/03/the-age-of-relevance  ;

 

Several of the newest social platforms create "interest graphs" a map for navigating to subjects and people of interest.   The Interest graph is a superset of the social graph, a people map.  The interest graph includes people, things, and their linkages and it helps users navigate the information thicket.

 

How:  Interest graph will consists of relationships between people and between business issues/workflow and people.  Self-managed by these to find what's relevant.   The addition of social layer and the ability to strucutre that information along other information a "graph form" are what provide the additiona context.  With this additional context, organizations can confront and reduce information overload.

 

 

Insight:  This has been my approach to curating for years -- creating collections based on:

(1)  What is the best way to understand the topic

(2)  Who are the leading thinkers

(3)  What are the best blog posts, web sites, articles and books

To this, I'm adding visuals .....

 

How do you change the organization's behavior so that people are becoming curators of interest graphs?

 

 

Robin's Notes:

 

In issue 3 of PwC’s Tech Forecast there is a great video illustrating what is going to change in the near future when it comes to finding the right information.

 

"The Navigational phase of online information is just now emerging.

 

Within three to five years, finding more of the information we need--not to mention opportunities for more effective collaboration--will become possible. Social tools will help."

 

The animated video explains how making network and interest-based connections more visible will allow easier and more effective filtering and navigation of information spaces in the near future. 

 

Insightful. 8/10


Watch the video here:  http://www.pwc.com/us/en/technology-forecast/2011/issue3/index.jhtml ;


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Beth Kanter's comment, January 8, 2012 2:55 PM
Fantastic find! Thank you as always
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Capture, Annotate and Organize Content Into Collages, Books or Flows with Surfmark

Capture, Annotate and Organize Content Into Collages, Books or Flows with Surfmark | Content Curation for Online Education | Scoop.it

Robin Good: Surfmark is a new content curation service introducing some innovative and forward-looking features.

 

Surfmark in fact provides not only standard capabilities to easily capture, collect and organize content from any web page, but it adds intelligently alternative display formats to allow the exploration of such collections in multiple ways.

 

Another key innovative feature of Surfmark is its ability to generate bibliographies and summaries of content collections.

 

Surfmark allows social collaborative curation, history of all edits made, and the ability to share publicly or keep a collection private.

 

Collections can be downloaded in PDF or text formats and all pages saved in a collection are fully preserved with all the formatting and links intact so that you can refer back to exactly what you saw. 

 

Free to use. 

 

FAQ: http://blog.surfmark.net/surfmark-help

 

Try out and more info: http://www.surfmark.com

 

(thanks to Ana Cristina Pratas for discovering this) 


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Beth Kanter's comment, April 26, 2012 11:49 AM
Could be so useful for research for curriculum development
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Teaching Students to Become Curators of Ideas: The Curation Project

Teaching Students to Become Curators of Ideas: The Curation Project | Content Curation for Online Education | Scoop.it

"Over the last couple of years, I’ve come to think of my role as a teacher as that of a curator of ideas" says Corinne Weisgerber who teaches Social Media and Communication at St Edwards Unniversity in Austin, TX (if you haven't yet, check out her great prez here).

 

As she explained in this post, the Curation Project was about getting her students "to set up a network of online mentors using social media tools" and "to identify experts in their field and connect with them in order to build a personal learning network (PLN)." 

 

The idea behing the PNL is to help them discover valuable information through social search that they wouldn't have discovered otherwise.

 

Interesting project and read.

 

And great work by the students who used various curation platforms for the project, including Storify and Scoop.it (links in the post)

 

[Photo: cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo by Silverisdead: http://flickr.com/photos/56624456@N00/3457714371/]


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Ileane Smith's comment, April 17, 2012 8:56 AM
I love this presentation and I'm going to take a look at what the students are doing on Scoop.it.
Guillaume Decugis's comment, April 17, 2012 3:29 PM
Glas you like it Ileane. And yes, they've done impressive work: check it out!
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4 Tips for Great Content Curation (a.k.a. Being Ken Burns) | Enterprise Strategies | Enterprise Social Media Consulting.

4 Tips for Great Content Curation (a.k.a. Being Ken Burns) | Enterprise Strategies | Enterprise Social Media Consulting. | Content Curation for Online Education | Scoop.it

Ken Burns Tips (according to Andy Jankowski):

1- Storyboard First

2- Filter Intelligently

3- Don’t Become Part of the Problem

4- Know When to Create and When to Curate

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Content Creation And Content Curation: The New Rules

Content Creation And Content Curation: The New Rules | Content Curation for Online Education | Scoop.it

Giuseppe Mauriello: I selected this article written almost two years ago by Nicole Nicolay. It is still applicable and full of highlights. The author analyzed the new situation by introducing informative tips. Below I have excerpted few gems from it:

 

"...***THE REAL ISSUE

Broadcasting what you think may be relevant information again and again, without pre-screening the source and considering the context is a waste of your time.

Most importantly, it begins with content.

...The tools and strategies for sharing good content with your sphere can be learned. But, creating and sharing good content takes skill.

 

 

***SO, WHAT'S NEXT?

 

1) Identify your role in obtaining good, relevant content.

...Are you a content creator a content curator? Or perhaps you’re both.

A content creator is someone who identifies the “needs” within their audience and seeks to help by creating original and highly relevant content.

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A content curator is someone who sifts through the Web to find and deliver the most relevant content for their intended audience. Sort of a Hunter-Gatherer 2.0!

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But a thoughtful content curator is more than just a broadcaster of good info. It’s someone who understands their brand and their audience well enough to identify the relevancy of the content, as well as the best context for sharing.

 

2)Recognize the sources that deliver consistently rockin’ content.

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You need to recognize both local and national sites that can assist your content delivery efforts. And if you ROCK a niche, be sure to recognize those sites as well.

 

3) Organize your sources in a dashboard or reader format for easy access...

 

 

***YOUR CHALLENGE

 

1) Balance the type of content you share.

...The content you share represents you, and your brand. So be sure to really check out what you share with your network.

...Your goal should be to find and share content that REALLY helps your audience…or is REALLY interesting.

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Your consumers don’t gain anything from a constant stream of commentless Foursquare checkins…and the same could be said about listing tweets that are not framed in a social context. If it doesn’t add value or create conversation….don’t share it!

 

2) Moderate your frequency level and improve your quality of life.

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The feeling is important…you need to be motivated to deliver consistency with social media. That being said, I’m far more concerned with delivering better quality content than quantity. And so should you if your strategy is to become your network’s trusted advisor.

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And in order to do that, you need to listen, share, and respond. I see a lot of sharing out there….but far less listening and responding. Social media is about creating opportunities to engage with others. So rather than auto-posting 20 articles a day….try scheduling 3-5 REALLY GOOD shares!!!.."

 

 

Read full and useful article here: http://j.mp/Ip2lId


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Giuseppe Mauriello's comment, April 20, 2012 2:55 PM
Hello Susana,
thank you so much for the appreciation!
About your question, you must consider the following points:
- the topic of your choice;
- the quantity/quality of your selected articles that you want to curate;
- but above all, the articles must be "the best of" for your readers.

About publishing...There are daily periods and other weekly, But I don't like to post every article that I found some my keywords about my topic.
Pintolaranja's comment, April 20, 2012 4:45 PM
I agree, I also don't like to publish everything I find.
The thing about doing it weekly is that it also allows me to read them carefully and gather ideas on what to say about them while posting.

Yet I think I had some more engagement from other people while doing daily posts, so I was just wondering whether I should do this differently :)
Slavica Bogdanov's comment, April 23, 2012 8:34 PM
Thank you. Great article!
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Effective Content Curation in Higher Ed

Effective Content Curation in Higher Ed | Content Curation for Online Education | Scoop.it

Included in a recap of a webinar, by Meet Content on Storify (http://storify.com/meetcontent/effective-content-curation-in-higher-ed).

 

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What Students Need to Know about Pinterest - Online College Courses

What Students Need to Know about Pinterest - Online College Courses | Content Curation for Online Education | Scoop.it
Have you heard of the website called Pinterest? It seems that this social media website has all of a sudden become an overnight hit, despite the fact it has been around for nearly two years.
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A video on the growing need of 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 and now Pinterest."

 

«[An] army of content curators out there are providing a service, helping people discover places, people and ideas they never would have otherwise (...) curation can be the gatekeeper to the 'rabbit hole of discovery'.» (http://deptoftheinteriordc.blogspot.fr/2012/04/on-curation.html

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Content Curation Guide for SEO - What, How, Why

Content Curation Guide for SEO - What, How, Why | Content Curation for Online Education | Scoop.it

What’s new about content curation?
A very complete and thorough article published at “The Daily SEO Blog”. Here we can find a classification of content curation into these types: aggregation; distillation; elevation; mashups and chronology.
Some tools for the discovery phase are explored in detail: Zite; Flipboard; Strawberry Jam, and other tools mentioned, like, Evri; Feedy; Factiva; etc.
There are tools for the production phase: Scoop.it; Bundlr; Storify; Pearltrees.

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Content Curation Tools | iTeachU

Content Curation Tools | iTeachU | Content Curation for Online Education | Scoop.it

Instructors are also information curators. You can research, share and then use information to integrate it in new content creation.
The post shows how instructors are using curation tools in the classroom and gives links to real examples with a variety of tools.

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Content Curation: More Signal, Less Noise | Steve Rosenbaum [Video]

An interview with the author of “Curation Nation” about curation core issues, like what content curation means for the future of learning?

 

Watch at: http://youtu.be/wbHWTuAGGdA

 

Or find it on Steve Rosenbaum's Blog: 

http://steverosenbaum.me/video/Content-curation-More-signal-le


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Content Curation Is the New Community Builder

Content Curation Is the New Community Builder | Content Curation for Online Education | Scoop.it

Great post written by Eric Brown for Social Media Explorer - This is what caught my attention:

 

Curation — the act of human editors adding their work to the machines that gather, organize and filter content.

 

“Curation comes up when search stops working,” says author and NYU Professor Clay Shirky. But it’s more than a human-powered filter.

 

“Curation comes up when people realize that it isn’t just about information seeking, it’s also about synchronizing a community.”

 

Part of the reason that human curation is so critical is simply the vast number of people who are now making and sharing media.

 

“Everyone is a media outlet”, says Shirky. “The point of everyone being a media outlet is really not at all complicated. It just means that we can all put things out in the public view.


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5 Tips for Great Content Curation

5 Tips for Great Content Curation | Content Curation for Online Education | Scoop.it

Read about 5 simple best practices to consider when curating content. I agree with Steve Rosenbaum (http://mashable.com/author/steve-rosenbaum/): there should be some boundaries, or in other words, some ethics. It’s important to be reminded of providing clear referencing of information and image sources. It all comes down to a commitment to quality.

 

cc licensed (BY NC SA) flickr photo by chrisinplymouth: http://flickr.com/photos/chrisinplymouth/4269125357/

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Design Your PLN Diagram - Updated 2012

Design Your PLN Diagram - Updated 2012 | Content Curation for Online Education | Scoop.it
The four facets of a PLN and some tools that can be used.

 by Flickr user http://www.flickr.com/photos/catspyjamasnz/7089515065/sizes/l/in/photostream/

 

 Curate by building your own PLN.

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Curators: A Herculean Task Is Ahead of You - and Be Careful

Curators: A Herculean Task Is Ahead of You - and Be Careful | Content Curation for Online Education | Scoop.it

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. 

 

Recommended. 7/10

 

Read the full article: http://www.fastcompany.com/1834177/content-curators-are-the-new-superheros-of-the-web?partner=rss 


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Jonathan Rattray Clark's comment, April 18, 2012 1:14 AM
Scooping it .........thanks Robin I really like your curation .... And value your wisdom ......it seems there is purpose to my constant information minning as and educator artist and passionate information collector .......I find it incredibly exciting to find fresh thinking and response to the living world around us and in particular our individual passions. Thank you for your wisdom
Robin Good's comment, April 18, 2012 1:16 AM
Thank you Jonathan. Glad to be of help and inspiration to you.

Tony Gu's comment, April 20, 2012 1:30 AM
I am really enjoying reading this article.
I found that the way Robin Good curate this article truly practice the ‘No Stealing’ rules. Thanks for sharing this with all of us. Big up!
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Content Curation and the end of Intellectual Property

Content Curation and the end of Intellectual Property | Content Curation for Online Education | Scoop.it
Conversations on Captivate, Presenter and eLearning...
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Elad Blog: How Pinterest Will Transform the Web in 2012: Social Content Curation As The Next Big Thing

Elad Blog: How Pinterest Will Transform the Web in 2012: Social Content Curation As The Next Big Thing | Content Curation for Online Education | Scoop.it

According to Elad Gil, 2012 Will Be The Year of Curated Sets.

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My Secret Weapon for Pinterest Content Curation

My Secret Weapon for Pinterest Content Curation | Content Curation for Online Education | Scoop.it

Useful tips, by Tom Treanor, on how to use two curation tools, CurationSoft (http://curationsoft.com/) and Pinterest, for content curation.

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16 Ways Educators Can Use Pinterest [INFOGRAPHIC]

16 Ways Educators Can Use Pinterest [INFOGRAPHIC] | Content Curation for Online Education | Scoop.it
Find out how teachers can use Pinterest to organize lesson plans, collaborate with other faculty, and even encourage student participation.
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Curated Content Delivery Formats: Beyond News Portals and Magazines

Curated Content Delivery Formats: Beyond News Portals and Magazines | Content Curation for Online Education | Scoop.it

Last September, Robin Good listed some of the most popular content delivery formats, which enable us to choose the most effective for a specific content: tools, collections of audio, video channels, slideshows, learning sites, visual timelines, textbooks, films, infographics, calendars, etc.

According to Robin Good, «The new frontiers for content curation tools and services are in

a) providing advanced collaborative ("social)" features and in

b) introducing and integrating new and effective, highly visual, delivery formats.». It’s up to us to make the the most of the tools available.

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eModeration Blog: 19 Tools for Pinterest Pros

eModeration Blog: 19 Tools for Pinterest Pros | Content Curation for Online Education | Scoop.it

I personally like Pinterest as a social networking site, to learn, socialize and for the aesthetic pleasure of some boards.
Bliss Hanlin posts about tools available to manage our content, understand metrics and become better pinners.
Here’s an example of an educational feature: use Pinterest for quotes with the help of “Pin a quote” - a bookmarklet that turns a text quote into something pinable.

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What Is Content Curation? The New Auto-Blog?

What Is Content Curation? The New Auto-Blog? | Content Curation for Online Education | Scoop.it

A rather long but easy to read post on curation, very provocative also. The infographic is enlightening about the Internet information overload.
The last part of the post gives precious tips on how to curate content the proper (but hard) way.

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