Dr Bertalan Mesko talks about how he uses social media for time & information management: Content curation is crucial at a time when patients and their doctors are searching more online but the majority of health resources are considered medically unreliable. The value of crowdsourcing and time management tools that can save time and effort for professionals is demonstrated.
So how are we we educating our new health workers in these skills? How well versed are their teachers in them?
For website content publishers and content creators, there’s a debate raging as to the rights and wrongs of curation. While content aggregation has been around for a while with sites using algorithms to find and link to content, the relatively new practice of editorial curation — human filtering and organizing — has created what I’m dubbing, “The Great Creationism Debate.”
"Diigo is a social bookmarking tool that allows teachers and students to save websites into a public or private library, share them with others in your network, highlight any part of a webpage and attach sticky notes to specific highlights or to a whole page. The annotations can be kept private, shared with a group within Diigo or a special link forwarded to others."
Helpful slide deck included here for getting started. -JL
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.
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.
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.
I believe that digital curation will be a new activity that academics in higher education will need to adopt. What do you think? Some questions in my mind:
- What skills will academics need to be effective digital curators? - How ready are they to adopt this activity? - How ready are the systems in our institutions (learning management systems, hardware, software availability, etc but also institutional career progression and research systems) to support the academics in this? - How does this fit into the concept of digital scholarship?
Penn State has a page devoted to digital curation but no mention of supporting teachers...
The activities of digital curation occurs across many departments in the Libraries, as well as in the context of the following groups: E-Content Stewardship Council Digital Collections Review Team Digital Operations Team
The identification of emerging patterns is essential to content curation. This is an activity that information professionals should be proficient at - adapted to social media environments.
Excerpt from article:
Content curation is a response to the desire to become an expert on a specific topic of interest. Content curation can aid individuals and institutions who seek to gain awareness on developments in an area or seek to become recognized knowledge experts for a specific topic....
It is critical to detect emerging patterns in information early to be an effective content curator. Pattern detection is important for a few reasons:
1. If there is an emerging pattern, there’s something going on - An emerging pattern is the starting point that signals that an important event is on the cusp of taking place...
2. Patterns provide insights on the significance of an event - Patterns provide valuable information on the magnitude and importance of an event....
3. Patterns demonstrate how events evolve - Relevance is increasingly time sensitive. The availability of real-time information requires successful content curators to get their hands on fresh information.
4. Patterns link together pieces of the information puzzle - A good content curator needs to understand emerging events in their totality...
5. Understanding patterns helps to identify experts - The most authoritative people on a topic are usually those that are able to report first on a matter, and generate buzz around new developments.
Best curators are those that see patterns that nobody else sees....
Van 30 november tot 2 december bezocht ik wederom de Online Educa Berlijn 2011. De meest in het oog springende thema’s van deze editie waren voor mij het “Personal Learning Network” en in het verlengde daarvan “Curation”.
1. First, realize that you ARE a subject matter expert. Narrow your topic or topics to what you know well. What do you want to focus on and share? What do you already have opinions about in your industry? Whom do you know? Be specific. What should be in your Twitter "mix"? Think 70-20-10.
Sharing your scoops to your social media accounts is a must to distribute your curated content. Not only will it drive traffic and leads through your content, but it will help show your expertise with your followers.
How to integrate my topics' content to my website?
Integrating your curated content to your website or blog will allow you to increase your website visitors’ engagement, boost SEO and acquire new visitors. By redirecting your social media traffic to your website, Scoop.it will also help you generate more qualified traffic and leads from your curation work.
Distributing your curated content through a newsletter is a great way to nurture and engage your email subscribers will developing your traffic and visibility.
Creating engaging newsletters with your curated content is really easy.