I’m really scared for my generation, you know. The thing that scares me most is Tumblr. I hate what Tumblr has become… Instead of kids going out and making their own moments, they’re just taking these images and living vicariously through other people’s moments. It just kills me. Then you’ll meet them and they’re just the biggest turkey in the world. They don’t actually embody any of those things. They just emulate.
"Online content curation is a hot trend as business owners and professionals realize that content is vital to add value to their customers and prospects.
The trend was already evident in 2011 but 2012 saw an outright explosion of the phenomenon.
Content curation is the art of selecting content that is appropriate and then organising and publishing it in a way that is relevant for the topic of choice.
Editors with the aid of journalists create and collect content then edit and then publish. Journalism is shifting more and more from the quest for the perfect “scoop” to a more organized and reasoned activity of content curation.
The technology of the web and the rise of the social media networks is providing sources of content that can provide curation in ways that were not previously possible. The content curation platform Scoop.it is an example how we can all become magazine editors and content curators without the overhead of hiring editors or journalists. Scoop.it was established in 2011 with the goal of making content curation easy and accessible to everyone...."
In the guest post pubblished by Jeff Bullas' blog, Intervistato.com's Maria Petrescu interviews Scoop.it's co-founder Marc Rougier.
Curation is hard work. It’s time consuming to gather and then sift through vast amounts of content in order to present your audience with just the right items. Add more time if you try to put each one into some context that indicates why it was selected and what it might mean (such as why this offers just a few items weekly). And don’t expect anyone to thank you or proclaim you the next great library thought leader. I think content curators will ultimately do this thankless job simply because they are passionate about reading in a particular niche area and then sharing the best of what they find with some dedicated followers. If you want to be a content curator, you should also follow a few rules offered by Rosenbaum: If you don’t add context, opinion, or voice, and simply lift content, it’s stealing. If you don’t provide attribution and a link back to the source, it’s stealing. If you take a large portion of the original content, it’s stealing. If someone asks you not to curate their material, and you don’t respect that request, it’s stealing. Respect published rights. If images don’t allow Creative Commons use, reach out to the image creator—don’t just grab it and ask questions later.
<- does putting it on a blog or in a partiuclar twitter stream add context? (JS)
The world of edtech is abuzz this week thanks to a smattering of exciting news. First, we had Stanford creating an entirely new position and office for online learning. Now something that signals a seismic shift in the edtech world.
This article by Brian Solis is bringing together a couple of themes
1.) How SoLoMo and ambient information are causing information overload not only for individuals but at the enterprise level
2.) Social media monitoring is about measurement, but there is a missing piece - making sense of the information. Community managers are not doing this.
3.) Business intelligence teams are siloed and not working with the social media team on sense making and application of the social media data.
4.) Better to invest in a human who can make sense of information than more technology ..
The idea of the human algorithm is to serve as the human counterpart to the abundance of new social intelligence and listening platforms hitting the market every day. Someone has to be on the other side of data to interpret it beyond the routine. Someone has to redefine the typical buckets where data is poured. And someone has to redefine the value of data to save important findings from a slow and eventual death by three-ring binders rich with direction and meaning.
One place where the human algorithm can have an immediate impact is in social media listening. In addition to tracking simple data signals such as conversations, sentiment, share of voice, and service inquiries, data can present insights into preferences, trends, areas for innovation or refinement, R&D, co-creation, and more. Even though sophisticated tools can help track data points that can lead to these insights, it still takes a human touch to surface them and in turn advocate findings within the organization. It’s the difference between insights, actionable insights, and executed insights.
The truth is that a community or social media manager is not tasked with this type of responsibility. Therefore, insights largely remain undiscovered. It takes a new role that unites the disciplines of business intelligence and social media with the perseverance of a change agent. Without it, all of the insights capable of leading organizations to the next big thing will meet their long time arch nemeses: fear and skepticism.
A few nonprofits, like DoSomething, have invested in data analysts on stff who job it is to steward data and help staff make sense of it. How many nonprofits allocate the time for sense-making beyond the routine. Usually, it is part of someone's job description and not enough time is invested in this important process.
If you search and pay attention to the concept of “content curation”, you reach the conclusion that some users refer to “content curation” as “digital curation” - something which is likely to lead to confusion.
Digital Curation is the management and preservation of digital material to ensure accessibility over the long-term (1). It’s a discipline with embedded practice and research (2). Wikipedia displays a similar definition: “the process of establishing and developing long term repositories of digital assets for current and future reference by researchers, scientists, historians, and scholars.”
If you want to refer to: “the act of researching, finding, filtering, editing and collecting, valuable information resources into meaningful collections, guides or galleries to help a specific group of people make sense/learn or be updated on a specific topic” (3) then what you mean is Content Curation. That’s what you can do on Scoop.it - you curate or you aggregate (which is a step prior to content curation).
Time to ask: “Who curates those who curate the curators”?
Are you aware of the difference between Digital Curation and Content Curation or do you use the concepts interchangeably? Your feedback will be welcome.
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.
YouTube, Remix Culture and CurationHuffington PostNow that YouTube has revealed that curation is core to their strategy of contextualizing video content, and curators will be paid, leaders in the Fair Use and Remix community are taking notice.
"Personal learning networks are a great way for educators to get connected with learning opportunities, access professional development resources, and to build camaraderie with other education professionals.
"Although PLNs have been around for years, in recent years social media has made it possible for these networks to grow exponentially.
"Now, it’s possible to expand and connect your network around the world anytime, anywhere. But how exactly do you go about doing that?
"Check out our guide to growing your personal learning network with social media, full of more than 30 different tips, ideas, useful resources, and social media tools that can make it all possible."
Robin Good: Excellent guide to digital curation resources by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.. It includes alphabetically organized lists of digital-curation related resources from academic programs to file formats, guidelines, organizations, blogs, and a very rich list of digital curation software tools.
From the site: "This resource guide presents selected English-language websites and documents that are useful in understanding and conducting digital curation. It is also available as an EPUB file (see How to Read EPUB Files)."
I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to present a workshop on using curation tools for professional development as well as teaching and learning and after a quick overview from me on some of the hows and whys and a quick look my top curation tools, it was about rolling our sleeves up, getting our fingers tapping those keyboards and doing it for ourselves.
<- nice intro workshop with slides to get started.
"Leaders encourage dialogue and collaboration, leading to the identification of common experiences and shared aspirations"
Here are the highlights:
**Real leadership, in any venue, brings perspective, dialogue and collaboration in measure equal to or greater than individual conviction.
**while the dialogue may be disconcerting at times, the progress of a team, an enterprise or any diverse community depends on the honest dialogue and collaborative spirit that leads to the identification of common ground.
**Perhaps even shared experiences and unifying aspirations.
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**Don’t be seduced by charisma. Find someone unafraid of the tough conversations, skilled as a listener, and relentless in the pursuit of dialogue.
Selected by Jan Gordon covering "Curation, Social Business and Beyond"
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.