Steven Rosenbaum has an interesting article on Fast Company, outlining the reasons why curation is here to stay and the importance that curators will play in your information consumption diet.
He writes: "...So anyone who steps up and volunteers to curate in their area of knowledge and passion is taking on a Herculean task.
They're going to stand between the web and their readers, using all of the tools at their disposal to "listen" to the web, and then pull out of the data stream nuggets of wisdom, breaking news, important new voices, and other salient details.
It's real work, and requires a tireless commitment to being engaged and ready to rebroadcast timely material.
While there may be an economic benefit for being a "thought leader" and "trusted curator," it's not going to happen overnight.
Which is to say, being a superhero is often a thankless job.
The growth in content, both in terms of pure volume and the speed of publishing, has raised some questions about what best practices are in the curation space."
He also has some pretty straightforward advice on what, as a curator, you should never do:
"1. If you don't add context, or opinion, or voice and simply lift content, it's stealing.
2. If you don't provide attribution, and a link back to the source, it's stealing.
3. If you take a large portion of the original content, it's stealing.
4. If someone asks you not to curate their material, and you don't respect that request, it's stealing.
5. 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."
And he definitely has a point on all of these.
Dear Robin, good job ! I try as much as I can to give value to articles I post on Scoop.it but I don't think this is the majority of curators. I am doing curation the "old way" like when I was a researcher: first read relevant literature about my topic then summarize, analyse and draw conclusion or formulate new hypothesis. But that was before the explosion of the information overload online. As far a plagiarism and stealing, this is unfortunately common practice on the web, so many people "forget" to mention their sources. At least it is better to be copied than not been read at all because at the end your expertise is showing-up via your work-Anne
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