IJCCI's special issue on "Contemporary Curation: Theory and Practice" is now available on www.ijcci.net
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The role of the curator, aircraft carriers as curated destinations, private, personal curation, Aboriginal curation, academic research as curation--and much more. Curation is maturing in the scholarly realm and the digital realm.
The first article is about the new role of curator and is a profound one. I feel that it has a new vocabulary that fits in with my work on connected learning: peripheral vision, polyphonic voice, and improvisation. Money quote: the curator is an agile decoder.
How one of the last video stores turned non-profit with an eye on preservation.
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Connecting to "customers" means attending to "customers". And by "customers" I mean any folk you relate to and connect with. You curate for them by all means reasonable and ethical. The lesson for me here is that whoever you are and whatever you do, you are a magnificent and unique filter for the world. Your neurons fire in ways that no one else does or can. If you are attuned to that and share that, you will be adding signal and not noise to the world.
That is exactly what this for-profit, old skool video story did. It re-tuned its signal so that it broadcast on a new, non-profit wavelength whose mission is to preserve the best of a still considerable body of work--the VHS tape. Beautiful aikido move. Just beautiful. Anybody else done anything similar to this in a school setting?
If my classroom is analogous to VHS then what would it mean to retune that classroom wavelength with all its content? I am considering this now because I have had a devilish time all summer considering how much my classroom seems to resemble more and more a well-loved but increasingly obsolete museum piece.
How can I take the me that created the content with care and experience and transform it into something of greater value to my audience/students/customers/clients? I am my classroom, but that is the VHS of future ed unless I find a way to become a something else. I don't want a total teacher makeover. I want to shift what I already do in a way that makes similar sense to the main point in this article. I don't just want to just recategorize the tapes on the shelves of the Titanic Video Store.
Perhaps the way to do that is to view the classroom with its attendant content and affordances as a fully-functioning connection jukebox. You measure its effectiveness by how much it brings together the players in the service of both their own interests and something larger than their own self-interest.
That will be where I am headed in #ccourses this term. Tomorrow as I begin my term I will present this to my new clients/customers/audience/students and we shall see what they have to say about shifting their stance a bit and recalibrating their vision of what constitutes success in a writing "classroom".
Content curation - the process of finding, organizing, and sharing topical, relevant content for your audience that supports your nonprofit's engagement or campaign goals (or your professional learning) begins with "Spotting the Awesome." I love that phrase coined by my frie
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"Spotting the awesome" makes it seem like you are a birder in the wild looking for that rara avis that is worth all the effort. A real course-in-a-box style blog post.
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.
The image above amounts to a template for curating a digital space:
1. Find something timeless to curate.
2. Fit it into a pattern that makes sense.
3. Find a larger context for why this matters.
4. Share widely.
I think this fits into Harold Jarche’s simpler seek-sense-share framework.
Why does this matter? If curation is all that Tufte and Bhatt say it is, then why aren’t scaffolds like these being used more often for training and in learning systems? I am using the curation tool Scoop.it to do curation with my freshman comp students. They use Scoop.it as their introductory platform for beginning to acquire the skills Tufte enumerates above that are part of the academic and business spaces they will eventually live in. I am hoping they will demonstrate why it curation matters as they seek-sense-share their way to long and short form ‘texts’ that they will be writing all semester. That will include essays, tweets, G+ community posts, blog posts, research papers, emails, plusses, favs, instagrams, zeegas, slideshares, pictures, and a massive mobile presence from their own digital spaces. Wish me luck.
Studies show shinrin-yoku, also known as forest bathing or time spent in green spaces, can reduce the stress hormone cortisol and increase your immune defense system.
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What does work like this suggest about digital spaces? My mom always kicked me out of the house when I had been playing inside too much. Do we need to strongly suggest that folks get out and play? Is there any way to re-create the effect of nature in digital spaces? Screensavers that engage after so many minutes with high rez pics of nature? Or in the act of doing 'learning walks', of going outside and getting our dose of nature and recording that walk, that we gain even more good. I don't know, but maybe we should all have that voice in your head that says, "Get down. Get out and play."
BTW, my mother was a whiz at going outside and playing with us: marbles, baseball, basketball, kites, mumbledypeg (a freaking knife game and she was scary good). The purest athlete I have ever known.
Where do you find new valuable content for your area of interest? Here a few selected tools that can help you out.
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I love how this has a such a Web 1.0 start page simplicity to it. Robin Good has given anyone a roadmap for the deep dive that research has become. This page acts as a prefilter for almost any topic you might be interested. He has this also as a monstrous mindmap with a bit different emphasis elsewhere, but I am less intimidated by this one. This is now my first stop in the morning. Thanks, Robin
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.