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Content Curation Primer

Content Curation Primer | Digital Curation for Teachers | Scoop.it

Content curation is not about collecting links or being an information pack rat, it is more about putting them into a context with organization, annotation, and presentation. Content curators provide a customized, vetted selection of the best and most relevant resources on a very specific topic or theme.

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Don't be a robot!

This presentation by Corinne Weisgerber touches in a very clear format on what separates aggregation than curation. And which, in my opinion, can be summarized by the human touch. While aggregation can be automated, curation is essentially the expression act of a human being.

It completes nicely what Robin Good also expressed previously on this topic on his blog to specify what good curators did. And which I published here under the "Curating the Curators" title.

For us at Scoop.it, we take the democratization of curation as an opportunity: can anybody be a curator? We say yes. Provided a good platform is here to help and make these guidelines for good curation not only easy but obvious.


Via Giuseppe Mauriello, Guillaume Decugis
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Beth Kanter's comment, November 17, 2011 12:04 AM
I like her steps too, although I tend to present them in a more simplified way for my audience. Great find.
janlgordon's comment, November 17, 2011 8:51 AM
Hi Beth - Good point, the simpler the better, I agree with you:-)
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Creation, Curation, Ethics of Content Strategy (by Margot Bloomstein)

Those of us who saw Margot Bloomstein at SxSW 11 really liked her presentation : her talk was very subtle and precise as she went out to analyze and define what the key core aspects of curation were.

 

This is an update which is worth browsing as well (even if you saw the first one): this really is very interesting to those of us who try to come out with the best ways to evangelize curation best practices (just like we recently did at Scoop.it by being the first curation platform out there to introduce a score).

 

What she articulates really well is how ethics constraints and efficiency goals are nicely articulated when it comes to content publishing: it all resolves around the value-add you bring.

 

As I've said before, one of the very first step one can take in that direction is to be focusing on a given topic. We've observed that many times now by seeing some curators emerge with strong trafic in spite of relatively small social media presence. It never stops to surprise us but it also feels good: adding-value, focused curators are being rewarded over time.

 

So she really makes a strong point aroung the importance of bringing back meaning in the game: that's what curation is and should be about.


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Guillaume Decugis's comment, October 31, 2011 9:43 AM
Thanks Robin: good article as well and yes, good point on attribution being key.
Robin Good's comment, October 31, 2011 9:49 AM
Thank you Guillaume for your positive feedback!

Consider for example that if you curate something and then another curator republishes it. All fine. You get credit. But then if a second and third curator do the same, the credit gets lost unless they do something manually.

This is just a consideration on which to think, as the attribution and credit element will gain strength in the coming months.

Scoring: that's another weak point. I have looked closely at the scores Scoop.it gives out and I remain very perplexed of how certain low-quality channels can get such high scores. Something not right in there as well that needs looking into.

:-) Keep it up!
Guillaume Decugis's comment, October 31, 2011 9:51 AM
Yes. Good points. Thanks for sharing!
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Content Curation: Why Is The Content Curator The Key Emerging Online Editorial Role Of The Future?

Content Curation: Why Is The Content Curator The Key Emerging Online Editorial Role Of The Future? | Digital Curation for Teachers | Scoop.it
What is content curation and why is it so important for the future of web content publishers? The content curator is the next emerging disruptive role in the content creation and distribution chain.
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9 content curation tools that better organise the web.

9 content curation tools that better organise the web. | Digital Curation for Teachers | Scoop.it
Numerous content curation platforms, tools and websites are emerging at a rate of knots in 2011, making sense of the social web, and the mountain of content to be consumed. Here's a collection of some of the standout startups.
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Filter Bubble: the Rescue of Content Curation | Magpipe Blog

Filter Bubble: the Rescue of Content Curation | Magpipe Blog | Digital Curation for Teachers | Scoop.it
Door mensen te voorzien van content die ze leuk vinden (algoritmes), gecombineerd met content die ze nodig hebben (redactie en content curation), kunnen redacteuren internetverkeer en waarde tegelijkertijd verbeteren.
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Managing Information Overload - #curation session at #oeb11

Managing Information Overload - #curation session at #oeb11 | Digital Curation for Teachers | Scoop.it
Julie Wedgwood introduced her talk session titled "Managing Information Overload" by speaking about how much information comes our way every single day and how that could impact the way we introduc...
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What’s Your Content Curator Type | Business 2 Community

What’s Your Content Curator Type | Business 2 Community | Digital Curation for Teachers | Scoop.it
When stuck waiting in the grocery checkout line, I’ve been known once or twice to flip through the magazines displayed to entice impulse buyers and entertain...

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Curation and the Classroom : a Journey | Reflect & Refract : Each day learn something new, and just as important, relearn something old : Robert Brault.

Curation has been on my mind a lot these holidays….actually, a lot longer than that really.

It’s been a long time since 2008 and first using Delicious with my students but it has been only 12 months since my introduction to Social Media as I now use it in my teaching and learning life. These two great presentations below have had me thinking about goals for the coming year.


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Content Curation: If You Can’t Be the Source, Be the Resource - Engage

Content Curation: If You Can’t Be the Source, Be the Resource - Engage | Digital Curation for Teachers | Scoop.it
The fact of the matter is that your prospective and current customers are going to flirt with other people and brands.
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Content Curation with Twitter Lists | Digital Curator or Content Curator

Content Curation with Twitter Lists | Digital Curator or Content Curator | Digital Curation for Teachers | Scoop.it
5 steps of how to mashup Twitter lists and paper.li to produce relevant content for your community.
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What Makes A Great Curator Great?

What Makes A Great Curator Great? | Digital Curation for Teachers | Scoop.it

This piece was brilliantly written by my fellow curator, Robin Good for those of you who haven't read this.

 

Beth Kanter has added some very valuable insights so I am reposting this. I might also add that Beth Kanter is an example of what Robin refers to as a great curator. When you go to her blog, you will see that she consistently produces value for her readers by following what Robin suggests makes someone great.

 

I agree with Beth that Giuseppe Mauriello is also a trusted source and provides value for his readers.

                       

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Sorry my commentary is so long but this was so thought provoking, I just couldn't help myself:-)

 

The headline draws you in and the material more than delivers on that promise. What makes a great curator is clearly demonstrated in this piece. Bravo Robin!

 

I'm not going to repost what Robin has said but add my own comments, just as if I were in a conversation with him.

 

In Robin's own words - A great curator does the following:

 

"Optimizes, Edits, Formats, Selects, Excerpts, Writes, Classifies, Links, Personalizes, Vets, Credits, Filters, Taps, Suggests, Searches, Scouts, Hacks Filters and Searches, Is Transparent, Recommends, Crowdsources"

 

As you read this article, pay attention to how he has done all the above. He creates a standard, he gives you some criteria so you can understand what makes someone great and what makes someone no so great.

 

****He is responding to an article he read in Forbes about curation which talks about  the importance of keywords.  Robin stresses the importance of "human curation" adding your personal touch and bringing added value to what you're curating and not trying to fit what you're saying into keywords that will draw traffic from the search engines.  

 

These are my comments..........

 

**** Curation is new and is evolving.  Water rises to its own level.  The people who know why they're curating, who their audience is, how they consume information and what they need, and then act on this, will become great trusted sources.

 

Some people just want information. Others want to engage by adding comments or another layer of context. There's a rhythm to this and it takes time to find the right balance.

 

I think a great curator is a good listener and a keen observer who selects content that "speaks to the audience's listening".  Paying attention to this and fine tuning your approach takes a lot of work but it's worth it. I'm inserting a direct quote from Robin:

 

"One point: I believe that curators, as I see them, should rarely if ever be driven by analytics data or statistics but to their personal experience and viewpoint. Their goal is not in fact to go after the broadest and most numerous audience but have the humbleness and vision to serve a very specific need and tribe."

 

If you're passionate and knowledgable about the topic you're curating, and you are committed to serving your readers, you will be great.

 

In business you have to have a unique sales proposition. Adding context to what you curate will set you apart from others and make you great. This is your place to contribute something new, perhaps you disagree with what was said and you bring a new perspective. Anything you can do to expand the piece and add dimension to it is valuable to others.

 

Robin produced this video in 2009 with Gerd Leonhard, a highly respected media futurist. It is excellent. The title speaks for itself: "The Relevance Of Context In Content Curation"  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDo6YrJKaoM.

 

There is also another piece "Context Not Content is King" by Arnold Waldstein I posted this some time ago. It is very relevant today and hopefully sheds more light on what will set you apart from people who are just aggregating links.

 

Last but not least......

 

Robin also has a view point and invites us into a conversation when he discusses the scoring system which you will see when you read the article. It makes me want to  respond, it's a two way dialogue between him and me, he's not just talking at me by reposting content without adding anything else.

 

I happen to agree with him about this but that's a whole other discussion.

 

Curated by JanLGordon covering "Content Curation, Social Media and Beyond"

 

This is only a taster.  To see the full article by a true master-curator at the top of his game, click here


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janlgordon's comment, November 5, 2011 4:11 PM
Great to meet you here Marcia! Your work looks very interesting, just followed you on Twitter - let's stay in touch.

Jan
Beth Kanter's comment, November 6, 2011 8:16 AM
Robin: Your point about using metrics and data .. I think what you are saying is that we should be "data-informed" - not data driven. That we don't just look at data to make decisions- but we bring our whole wisdom and knowledge and point of view to it .. http://www.bethkanter.org/curiosity-driven/
Robin Good's comment, November 6, 2011 8:44 AM
Exactly Beth!

I couldn't have said better. Thanks for clarifying this further.
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Digital Learning: Changing What It Means to be A Reader, Publisher & Curator

Digital Learning:  Changing What It Means to be A Reader, Publisher & Curator | Digital Curation for Teachers | Scoop.it

This piece was written by Julia Steiny who is a freelance columnist whose work also regularly appears at EducationNews.org. She is the founding director of the Youth Restoration Project.

 

Once I finish curating this piece I'm going to put these two women in my Julia Steiny and Angela Maiers  who has contributed some valuable insights in this article as well as being an extraordinary educator in my "People to Watch" topic  these women are truly making a difference in the world.

 

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Divide Separates Adults From Kids

 

The old divide was between the haves and the have-nots. Computer access was a luxury of well-heeled families and school systems.

 

Now, most kids at least carry a cell phone with text capabilities. The new divide is between those at home in cyberspace and those who struggle with e-mail.

 

**This divide separates adults from kids.

 

Education-tech expert Angela Maiers makes this distinction:

 

****“The 21st century will not be defined by the volume or speed at which you consume information. (That was the old way of being smart.)

 

****It will be defined by how well you curate that information, translate it and contribute information back in a way that your community can understand it."

 

**Teaching students to be competent curators is our main responsibility as educators.”

 

This quote from Angela Maiers caught my attention:

 

Maiers cautions, “Everyone has to learn how to enter the ocean, because a wrong move can drown you. The second you stop honoring the force of the ocean, you’re in danger.”

 

Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Media & Beyond"

 

Read full article here: [http://bit.ly/tQoFH8]


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Social Curation as a remedy to filter bubble?

The question of whether curation was participating to the filter bubble was raised on Quora.

Filter Bubble is what happens when algorithms start to filter out based on your preferences, an issue raised by Eli Pariser here: http://bit.ly/irsgD2

I believe Social Curation is actually an answer to the Filter Bubble and I explained why in this post.


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Content curation and the power of collective intelligence | Curate your Learning

Content curation and the power of collective intelligence | Curate your Learning | Digital Curation for Teachers | Scoop.it
Corrine Weisgerber presents the difference between aggregation and curation, highlighting the importance of the ‘human touch’ in curation by contextualising the ‘found information’.
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The 3 Pillars of Content Curation - Only Dead Fish

The 3 Pillars of Content Curation - Only Dead Fish | Digital Curation for Teachers | Scoop.it
Curation is already becoming an overused word but it's an increasingly important one. Not least because the way in which we discover content that we like or find useful, and how it gets in front of us or gets our...
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Curated computing: what's next for devices in a post-iPad world

Curated computing: what's next for devices in a post-iPad world | Digital Curation for Teachers | Scoop.it

But why is this new era of Curated Computing so important? After more than two decades of failed experiments with tablet PCs (remember the Dynapad?), consumers finally have a tablet that works—and the iPad works precisely because it's a Curated Computing experience.

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Gerrit Visser: Use Smart Knowledge Networks to Be a Curator | The People Behind the Paper.lis

Gerrit Visser: Use Smart Knowledge Networks to Be a Curator | The People Behind the Paper.lis | Digital Curation for Teachers | Scoop.it

Gerrit Visser has been digitally curating content since “just after the internet was invented” in 1996. Curation has come a long way and today he’s curating on Paper.li using smart knowledge networks — people in the know who can be trusted.

There are many faces to Gerrit Visser: digital curator, blogger at SmartMobs and thinker at Brainstorms (virtual communities set up by Howard Rheingold), expert on knowledge management and learning, and nomadic worker. He has a breadth of insight and experience that can’t be captured in one interview. So when he talked to Paper.li from home in Drenthe, the Netherlands, it was mostly about the future of curation… although other topics sneaked in.

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Content curatie kick-start | Magpipe Blog

Content curatie kick-start | Magpipe Blog | Digital Curation for Teachers | Scoop.it
Deze personen noemen we tegenwoordig (content) curatoren. Voor iedereen die de ambitie heeft om zelf content curator te worden, bijvoorbeeld omdat u webredacteur bent, het intranet beheert, of een goede indruk wilt ...
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Steven Rosenbaum’s Curation Nation | The People Behind the Paper.lis

Steven Rosenbaum’s Curation Nation | The People Behind the Paper.lis | Digital Curation for Teachers | Scoop.it

I’ve been a blogger forever and I’m an early adopter of social media products from Twitter to Facebook to Google+, but the intentionality that goes with the curator’s mindset has escaped my grasp. My blog is eclectic. I lack a niche. And that grasp and control of a niche is, according to Rosenbaum, critical for a successful curation effort.

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Curation

Presentation for Learning 2.011 in Shanghai.

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3 Reasons Curation is Here to Stay

3 Reasons Curation is Here to Stay | Digital Curation for Teachers | Scoop.it
Perhaps you won't believe me since it's my job to spread the gospel of curation as the Chief Evangelist of Pearltrees, but I think curation is here to stay.
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New Digital Curation Lesson and Dilbert Challenge – Stephen's Lighthouse

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5 Reasons Content Discovery Tools Need a Human Touch

5 Reasons Content Discovery Tools Need a Human Touch | Digital Curation for Teachers | Scoop.it

 

I really liked this article by Romain Goday from Darwin Ecosystem about content discovery tools and particularly the way he described the element of the "human touch" and why they go hand and hand.

 

His description of the human part of the equation eloquently describes the process of a content curation.

 

Intro:

 

Content discovery tools have been trending towards taking over an increasing part of the selection process by filtering out information.

 

Content Selection Should Remain a Vital Part of the User Experience

 

Excerpt:

 

While tools carry the advantage of computing and aggregating information quickly on the user’s behalf, the user possesses a number of natural skills that tools cannot adequately take the place of.

 

Here are a few of the most important ones, as they relate to selecting and identifying relevant content:

 

Users are contextual thinkers:

 

The relevance of a piece of information depends highly on the context of the informational need.

 

The motivation and goal of the user determines what information is important and what information is not.

 

Users possess relevant expertise: The user’s expertise helps them to predict the implications of a particular event.

 

It also allows the user to identify anomalies that take place in the usual development of an event based on their experience with the topic.

 

Users make sense of patterns: The human brain can easily understand the relationships between multiple events.

 

This ability to interpret patterns is critical to understand and identify what is going on and how it’s developing.

 

Curated by JanLGordon covering "Content Curation, Social Media & Beyond"

 

Read full article:  [http://bit.ly/sUQxGs]


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Content Curation: Why Detecting Emerging Patterns Is Crucial?

Content Curation: Why Detecting Emerging Patterns Is Crucial? | Digital Curation for Teachers | Scoop.it

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.

 

Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Media and Beyond"

 

Read the full article here: [http://bit.ly/sjRyc2]


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