Curation, Social Business and Beyond
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Curation, Social Business and Beyond
Covering the ongoing evolution of curation & beyond; the impact & innovation
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Quora Expands Beyond Q&A, — Great for Curators - Here's Why

Quora is taking a step beyond Q&A this morning with its latest product launch, boards.

**Users can now set up their own personal-themed bookmarking boards, sort of like a Pinterest for text-based information.

Board onboarding (heh) is easy. Users who want to create a board will now see a “Create a board” option at the top right of Quora and on their header dashboard.

**Anything can be posted to a board, whether it be links to web content like news and video, images, stuff on Quora like Questions and answers or text commentary.

**Users can post content directly from Quora by clicking on the ‘Repost’ option under every question.

**Board Owners can add Authors and Followers to a board, as well as pay to add Topics.

**They can also set up the board in a grid or list format.

****The most interesting feature of boards, from a utility aspect, is that Authors can set up following granularity to public — i.e. everyone who follows the board Author will see content or limited only board followers.

**Boards will also now show up on Topics pages, as well as on your personal Quora profile page.

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Content Curation: Why Detecting Emerging Patterns Is Crucial?

Content Curation: Why Detecting Emerging Patterns Is Crucial? | Curation, Social Business and Beyond |

Romain Goday, wrote this piece for Darwin Ecosystems I've had some great discussions with Romain and he truly understands what it takes to be a relevant curator.

He lists the top reasons why content curators need to pay attention to them.

We all know the service Content Curators provide in cutting through the noise on the Web, and new tools that are coming out will enable more and more people to become curators.

This is what caught my attention:

** Successful Curators will need the tools that enable them to latch onto new trends in their area of expertise. 

Those who are able to discern patterns and report on them in a timely manner will

***Link together pieces of the information puzzle so that others may see what had previously been missed

***Provide insights on the significance of events

***Demonstrate how those events evolve

***The emergence of patterns is a sign that something is happening

***The ability to understand and Curate new patterns and generate buzz around them, is what stands Expert Curators above the growing crowd

Romain's own takeaway is that Patterns should be the starting point for Curation.

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From Content Curation to People Curation

Tony Karrer wrote this post on September 7, 2011 - I find it extremely relevant and am interested in looking at the possibility of curators collaborating on content around a specific topic and how that might evolve in the future.

I had the priviledge of listening to Clay Shirky today talk about harvesting collective wisdom and the implications of that. There are no accidents as this piece seems to be exploring an aspect of this subject.

Tony is reacting to a blog post he read, Ville Kilkku titled: Klout, Triberr,, and the future of content curation. He has some very good observations, too many to list but I've highlighted a few things to set the tone for the article.

Three Major Trends in Curation

**From individual content curators to crowdsourced content curation: Individuals cannot keep up with the pace of new content, even though they have better discovery tools than before.

**Crowdsourcing can, although it is not suitable for promoting radical new ideas: the dictatorship of the masses is unavoidably conservative.

**From manual to semi-automated content curation: Individual content curators are forced to automate as much of the process as possible in order to stay relevant.

**From content curation to people curation: When there is too much content, you vet the content creators, manually or automatically. Those who pass get exposure for all of their content.

****How do these trends interact? This is particularly interesting to me and it will be fascinating to watch this evolve.

****Social networking of the content creator is vitally important in order to create an audience as isolated content becomes increasingly difficult to discover and

****curation focuses on people instead of individual content.

**Build it, and they will come, is dead.

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Introducing Ingenic an enabler of "collective intelligence"

Ingenic is in beta, it's exciting to watch and be a part of the web as it continues to evolve. I'm definitely looking forward to learning more about this and when I do, I'll report back.

"We’re building a mechanism for human curation that will capitalize on the exponentially increasing number of connections between people and objects on the web".

Here's an intro:

Ingenic is the next iteration in the expansion of connections online, enabling the connection of content into a singular consumption source. We’re building a mechanism for human curation that will capitalize on the exponentially increasing number of connections between people and objects on the web.

The Internet is constantly evolving. As the speed, flexibility and complexity of connections increase exponentially, the Web is increasingly beginning to resemble a biological analog; the human brain. But what exactly is it that makes us, or the Web, smart?
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Context and content are both king!!

Context and content are both king!! | Curation, Social Business and Beyond |
Really good post, however I'm adding my own "context" here. I think content and context go hand and hand, neither one is king, they both are!! I believe in collaboration, collective minds sharing and expanding the conversation to serve others and shut out the noise. What do you think?


By Arnold Waldstein

The social web has a connection conundrum.

Our own enthusiasm with the democratization of expression has created the very noise that is making it hard for ourselves to be heard clearly–or even found.

The antidote to social noise, the key to finding connections around interests lies somewhere in the interest graph and the choice of context over friendship as a filter for relevance. I blogged on this here.
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Curating Information & Making Sense of Data Is a Key Skill for the Future [Research]

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Robin Good: The Institute for the Future and the University of Phoenix have teamed up to produce, this past spring, an interesting report entitled Future Work Skills 2020.


By looking at the set of emerging skills that this research identifies as vital for future workers, I can't avoid but recognize the very skillset needed by any professional curator or newsmaster.


It should only come as a limited surprise to realize that in an information economy, the most valuable skills are those that can harness that primary resource, "information", in new, and immediately useful ways.


And being the nature of information like water, which can adapt and flow depending on context, the task of the curator is one of seeing beyond the water,

to the unique rare fish swimming through it.


The curator's key talent being the one of recognizing that depending on who you are fishing for, the kind of fish you and other curators could see within the same water pool, may be very different. 



Here the skills that information-fishermen of the future will need the most:


1) Sense-making:

ability to determine the deeper meaning or significance of what is being expressed


2) Social intelligence:

ability to connect to others in a deep and direct way, to sense and stimulate reactions and desired interactions


3) Novel and adaptive thinking:

proficiency at thinking and coming up with solutions and responses beyond that which is rote or rule-based


4) Cross-cultural competency:

ability to operate in different cultural settings


5) Computational thinking:

ability to translate vast amounts of data into abstract concepts and to understand data-based reasoning


6) New media literacy:

ability to critically assess and develop content that uses new media forms, and to leverage these media for persuasive communication


7) Transdisciplinarity:

literacy in and ability to understand concepts across multiple disciplines


8) Design mindset:

ability to represent and develop tasks and work processes for desired outcomes


9) Cognitive load management:

ability to discriminate and filter information for importance, and to understand how to maximize cognitive functioning using a variety of tools and techniques


10) Virtual collaboration:

ability to work productively, drive engagement, and demonstrate presence as a member of a virtual team



Critical to understand the future ahead. 9/10


Curated by Robin Good


Executive Summary of the Report: 


Download a PDF copy of Future Work Skills 2020:  

Via Robin Good
Beth Kanter's comment, December 20, 2011 7:34 PM
Thanks for sharing this from Robin's stream. These skills sets could form the basis of a self-assessment for would-be curators, although they're more conceptual - than practical/tactical. Thanks for sharing and must go rescoop it with a credit you and Robin of course
janlgordon's comment, December 20, 2011 7:56 PM
Beth Kanter
Agreed. It's also one of the articles I told you about....good info to build on:-)
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Curating Information and Data Sense-Making Is The Key Skill for the Future [Research]

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Collective Curation: What Is It Explained in Under 90 Seconds

When Brian Solis called 2011 the "year of curation," he identified a growing trend in how people are addressing the issue of information...

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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's comment, October 29, 2011 2:21 PM
How to stem the info overload. Curation is a great way to deal with filter bubbles. How to aggregate, collective curation!

Sharing a link, tagging photos CAN make an impact and can transform learning.
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Don't Underestimate the Power of Social Networks

This piece was written by Oscar Berg (@oscarberg) for CMS Wire and curated by JanLGordon covering her topic "Content Curation, Social Media and Beyond" on Scoopit.

I was especially drawn to this article in relation to Scoopit, as I know from discussions I've had with Guillaume Decugis, this very much speaks to his vision of what this platform could and should become.

**By sharing content and helping each other source, review and curate topics of interest, we stay informed, expand the conversation and contribute to others. It's like a collective intelligence of sorts.

**An essential part of community building is giving others credit if you repost their content and thanking them for posting it.


"Since the dawn of time, primates have relied on social networks to help the whole group with their environments.

This of course applies to humans and our enterprises as well."

Here's what caught my attention:

Understanding the Dynamic of Your Networks

Today we also have information technologies such as social software that anyone can use to build, nurture and make use of their informal networks.

**And as the informal networks become visible, they become more usable to both individuals and organizations

**as we can better understand their dynamics and how to make proper use of them.

**In an environment where change is business as usual and being

**more responsive, agile and innovative is the only way to adapt to the environment, who can afford not to understand the dynamics of networks and harness their power with the use of social technologies?

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Robin Good tells Howard Rhingold - "We need an army of individual curators"

Howard Rheingold #mindAmp, does an excellent job of interviewing Robin Good in this video. Both are excellent curators and their discussion here is insightful, thought provoking and loaded with practical information for anyone who has the passion and the sensibility to select several pieces around a topic, add context, interact with others, build community around it and so much more..

I recommend you listen to this more than once, it's definitely worthy of your time!

Without further comment from me, I'll let you get right to the good stuff:

Interviewed by Howard Rheingold #MindAmp - Stuff That Makes Me Think (this definitely makes you think)
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