I am struck by Steven Johnson remix quote, "Chance favors the connected mind." And I admire Popova's attempt to corral the idea of 'curation' into a manifesto.
Again, the humble bookmarklet is proving to be the catalyst for bringing together the bone, muscle, and sinew of the Internet in ways that continually surprise me. I am not sure whether there needs to be a distinction between the attribution of direct and indirect discovery for the user of the link. How much does knowing the connection to the original curator was either of these ? I am sure there is a good answer to this, but I am not sure what it is.
Any way you look at it, the 'actionable code of ethics' that this represents is as handy as a pocket knife in a mailroom.
Slides from my virtual keynote at the Croatian MoodleMoot, June 2012.
Good stuff, good overview of digital curation, tools,etc and ways that Moodle can be used as a mixing panel. Useful for teachers who may currently be using Moodle as a teacher centred storage repository rather than harnessing its collaborative features.
Robin Good tackles the thorny issue of definition. How do we define content curation and what are the implications behind those definitions. I would think that most definitions arise from a philosophical point of view that shapes what is defined. Anyone interested in addressing this issue further perhaps in Google + Hangout or an asynchronous document like a hackpad or a Google doc?
Under that provocative title, Justin P Lambert actually does a great favor to Curators by outlining a key point between plagiarism, social sharing and curation.
While blog plagiarism has been as old as blog platforms - Justin shares his own story - he defines the clear line that exists between:
1. blog users who copy/paste entire articles
2. social media users who share randomly without having their "audience’s needs or desires in mind"
3. curators who - he says - "put their audience first"
Curation done right "involves figuring out what your audience wants and needs to know about and then sifting through the overwhelming amount of information out there to hand-pick specific items that you know they will benefit from." This is a pretty good definition of Curation in my opinion and one of its direct consequences is that Curation works better in a topic-centric model.
Defining a topic and making your editorial line clear is a great first step to develop an audience with their interests in mind.
Content Curation & Fair Use: 5 Rules to being an Ethical Content Curator (RT @Curate_Content: Content Curation & Fair Use: 5 Rules to being an Ethical Content Curator - Content Curation Marketi...)... Some quick ideas about ethical content curation which can form a handy guide. What about legal considerations of curating content?
I am more and more of the opinion that curators are the heart of the Web's immune system. Curators are the phages who couple and de-couple the great trains of information in the endless railyards of the Internet. Like teachers, these folk have a thankless job that never ends. Consider the lowly Wikipedia gnome as one example of these curating phages selecting out the good so that it can become adopted and adapted by others. How do curators do this? Idiosyncratically, but with an eye ever towards increasing signal and reducing noise. If you will pardon another comparison, they are the transistors of the information conduit, a gate that lets one thing in and not another. Maxwell's demons, that's what curators are.
Robin Good: Participatory culture writer and book author Henry Jenkins interviews cyberculture pioneer Howard Rheingold (Net Smart, 2012) by asking him to explain some of the concepts that have helped him become a paladin of the and "new literacies" so essential for survival in the always-on information-world we live in today.
This is part three of a long and in-depth interview (Part 2, Part 1) covering key concepts and ideas as the value of "community" and "networks", the architecture of participation, affinity working spaces, and curation.
Here is a short excerpt of Howard response to a question about curation and its value as both a “fundamental building block” of networked communities and as an important form of participation:
Howard Rheingold: "...at the fundamental level, curation depends on individuals making mindful and informed decisions in a publicly detectable way.
Certainly just clicking on a link, “liking” or “plussing” an item online, adding a tag to a photograph is a lightweight element that can be aggregated in valuable ways (ask Facebook).
But the kind of curation that is already mining the mountains of Internet ore for useful and trustworthy nuggets of knowledge, and the kind that will come in the future, has a strong literacy element.
Curators don’t just add good-looking resources to lists, or add their vote through a link or like, they summarize and contextualize in their own words, explicitly explain why the resource is worthy of attention, choose relevant excerpts, tag thoughtfully, group resources and clearly describe the grouping criteria."
In other words, "curators" are the ones creating the metadata needed to empower our emerging collective intelligence.
Curation Is The Social Choice About What Is Worth Paying Attention To.
Shaz says, "Few months old, yes, but I've just come back to it with fresh eyes."
"The person who wins the Nobel Prize in biology is not the one who read the most journal articles, it's the one who knew what to look for. Cultivating that capacity to seek what's significant always will answer the question of whether you're on the right track. That's what education is meant to be about."
This is rescooped from Shaz's EdDev and the quote above I think is pertinent to curation. Curation heightens that capacity to seek what's significant. I think that there is a relatively clear ladder to deep curation like Chomsky advocates. We move from piles of stuff to cool stuff I like to more particular stuff that I like that others might like to reasoned stuff I like to the pattern language in what I like and ultimate back out to the other stuff that relates in significant ways to what I like. This is only ladder to Chomsky's ideal, but the digital curation tools out there sure make this a very visible one.
"8. Give these Gifts: EOM NNTR If your email message can be expressed in half a dozen words, just put it in the subject line, followed by EOM (= End of Message). This saves the recipient having to actually open the message. Ending a note with "No need to respond" or NNTR, is a wonderful act of generosity. Many acronyms confuse as much as help, but these two are golden and deserve wide adoption."
While this is not strictly about curation it is concerned with one of the main tenets of curatorial work--more signal, less noise. That is what each of these ten rules is about. The one above is an especially potent one in that it asks that the one who generates more information is duty bouind to do it with the least noise possible--a kind of Occam's razor for information production.
If you put EOM in your email, you can reduce it to the status of text message, eliminating the need to use the email textbox. How many times could you use this in a day of emailing? How much less noise would this generate?
If you put NNTR at the end of your message text, you are creating a map for reader action. I have always felt that one of the missing elements in most higher level curation is a mapping function or user guidelines or how to navigate the curated world. This has been especially true for larger curations like Robin Good's wonderful yet forbidding mindmaps.
My goal will be to use these rules in my curation and to make explicity what rules I am using and why. I will try to do this in the comments section below.
Discovery Education: This site offers award-winning, standard-aligned digital content, interactive lessons and virtual experiences that aim to be immersive and engaging for students. EduTube: Launched in 2008, EduTube ... An example of a curation of curated content. Most useful collection of vids. Could save teachers hours .
"There's too much news for anyone to consume. Three key words should determine who gets served what: Interest, effects, and agency."
I love the connections this articles helps me make in teaching and learning and curation as a model for both. Search is about "closing the gap between wondering and knowing." That will be my new "3X5 card on the monitor" mantra. What am I curating that enables that? Some of the answer to this question will be instrumental-how to use a tool. Other parts will be about making connections with one's own life and the lives of others who are similarly connected. Curation is like the savannah waterhole in a drought drawing all the 'survivors' together in what we hope is a peaceable kingdom.
Many of the items I curate are by way of the desire to bring others outside the discipline of teaching into the game. I am certain that the transformation of education will come from outside the field and not from the 'flatteners', 'flippers' and flimflammers inside the discipline who only know how 'turn a buck' from new ideas and tools or how to do something old with new magic. I want new magic from new ideas.
While there are a ton of essential skills that today's students need in order to succeed in tomorrow's world, learning to efficiently manage -- and to evaluate the reliability of -- the information that they stumble across online HAS to...
See on Scoop.it – Curation in Higher Education This was the meme I, @josemota, and @etutoria prepared for The PLE Conference 2012 (1). Memes of this sort are supposed to be fun – that's what we tried to achieve through ... Memes are pretty popular at the moment so this is just to bring a smile to our faces. :-)
One of the important elements of the tripartite model of content curation is sharing. It assumes the value which is determined by the purpose and the objectives set by the topic curator(s). Sharing may, for example, follow a marketing strategy or may be moved by the spontaneity of the curator (or the user/follower). With regard to Personal Knowledge Management (PKM), Harold Jarche highlights a significant aspect to guide sharing: discernment, i.e., when sharing you must be aware of the following aspects: when, with whom and how. Sharing can be done openly, through a blog, or it can be targeted to a particular community or network. Like PKM, when you are curating, a discerning sharing also contributes to build trust. If a curator sets himself as a reliable node for a community or network, his intervention will have a greater value and impact.
The NewsMaster: A New Emergent Socio-Professional Role In the beginning was Yahoo and AltaVista. Then Google came...
Those are the words that mark the post that anyone who is interested in curation needs to read and build upon. I return to Robin Good's words as a compass to my curatorial life. I hope he continues to revise them as he progresses down his own curatorial road.
Robin Good: What does curation mean from an educational viewpoint? And what is the key difference between "collecting" and "curating".
Nancy White (@NancyW), a 21st Century Learning & Innovation Specialist and the author of Innovations in Education blog, has written an excellent article, dissecting the key characterizing traits of curation, as a valuable resource to create and share knowledge.
She truly distills some key traits of curation in a way that is clear and comprehensible to anyone.
She writes: "The first thing I realized is that in order to have value-added benefits to curating information, the collector needs to move beyond just classifying the objects under a certain theme to deeper thinking through a) synthesis and b) evaluation of the collected items.
How are they connected?"
And then she also frames perfectly the relevance of "context" for any meaningful curation project by writing: "I believe when we curate, organization moves beyond thematic to contextual – as we start to build knowledge and understanding with each new resource that we curate.
Themes have a common unifying element – but don’t necessarily explain the “why.”
Theme supports a central idea – Context allows the learner to determine why that idea (or in this case, resource) is important.
So, as collecting progresses into curating, context becomes essential to determine what to keep, and what to discard."
But there's a lot more insight distilled in this article as Nancy captures with elegance the difference between collecting for a personal interest and curating for a specific audience.
She finally steals my full endorsement for this article by discretely inquirying how great a value it would be to allow students to "curate" the domains of interest they need to master.
Excellent. Highly recommended. 9/10
Full article: http://d20innovation.d20blogs.org/2012/07/07/understanding-content-curation/ ;
Our Lord of Curation series presents to you some of the great curators on Scoop.it. They are here to share their insights and advice with you....Fiona Milburn has lived in London, New York and Los Angeles, and is now based in New Zealand where... Some good points on practical ideas for selecting content, and how to personalize a scoop. Interesting series maybe