“Curation is an important skill to develop, especially in an environment in which more and more organizations shift towards self-directed learning for their workers. Now is the time for learning and performance professionals to develop this new skill set.”
"Webflakes curates and translates travel and lifestyle content from bloggers around the world.
Webflakes aims to break down the language barrier between bloggers in different countries to create a single hub for discovering international lifestyle content.
If you really want to know more about French fashion or Italian cuisine, the best place to turn may be bloggers from those countries.
Webflakes, a website that launched earlier this month, curates posts from dozens of bloggers in countries like Japan, France and Italy and relies on a team of of volunteers to translate them.
On Webflakes, you'll find blog posts on fashion, travel, food and more, which you can then sort by country and blogger. When you click on a post, you'll find a link to more information about the blogger. In this way, Webflakes helps readers find more quality content and helps international bloggers build more of an audience..."
Curators as influencers - "sustaining and developing their culture." This article discusses how curators really share specific passions with their "tribe." I think that libraries share very broad cultural interests but after reading this article I wonder if there needs to be more specificity in libraries' sharing culture, more passions being shared by librarians, and sharing not just their own collections but anything that they can find. Libraries do the filtering and analyzing and now it's time to up the sharing....
Robin Good: StoryCrawler is an upcoming news and content curation platform which allows you to easily track an unlimited number of topics / keywords and to curate selected ones for publication, both on the web, via RSS feed or email.
Selected news stories can be, tagged, categorized and fully edited in each and every aspect before being published.
Inside the Storycrawler backend, a curator can configure and save an unlimited number of persistent searches monitoring online mentions of events, people, brands inside specific types of content sources (e.g.: social media, news, blogs, etc.).
From my own limited experience in testing an "unofficial" early Beta version of Storycrawler, it looks like the basics features are all in place while the UI, usability and final output formatting options still having some work to do.
P.S.: The platform seems to be targeted at medium to large size, enterprise companies and does not provide for now indications of its pricing plans. You can contact a StoryCrawler representative here: http://www.storycrawler.com/contact/
Robin Good: The Startup Library is a web-based information resource for startups of all kinds offering content covering many different topics ranging from consumer digital health, to e-commerce and education technology.
The Startup Library organizes information and resources on sector-specific accelerators, incubators and funding sources, trend reports and statistics on various geographic regions and markets and information on relevant associations and conferences.
From the official site: "...the Startup Library is a collection of highly vetted resources that will enable entrepreneurs to answer common market research questions. The Startup Library is a startup too"
"The most valuable quality of the Startup Library is that it is a highly curatorial endeavour. In a given week, the MaRS Market Intelligence team sifts through thousands of sources of market-related information in an attempt to give MaRS clients the most up to date, relevant and usable market research to inform their decisions."
As the director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Thomas P. Campbell thinks deeply about curating—not just selecting art objects, but placing them in a setting where the public can learn their stories.
For my group members. Each pin serves as placeholder to a library on Pinterest. This board features public libraries and library media centers. We are putting together a presentation on how libraries are using Pinterest.
The new FB "Collections" is publicly available to everyone, and it is being tested "with 7 retail partners -- Pottery Barn, Wayfair, Victoria’s Secret, Michael Kors, Neiman Marcus, Smith Optics, and Fab.com."
(you need to go to those FB brad pages to test it).
It also seems that the feature can be activated in at least three different ways by one of these three upcoming action buttons:
a) "Want": adds the product to a Timeline section of a user's profile called “Wishlist”
b) "Collect": adds the item to a Collection called “Products”
c) "Like": a special version of the standard "Like" button that also adds the item to “Products”
N.B.: While Collections are free for business pages to use, they're only visible to the page's fans. You have to "Like" the page in order to see these types of posts.
Robin Good: Art.sy is a fine art discovery and sharing platform based on the Art Genome Project, which allows anyone interested in learning and exploring works of art, authors and genres to do so by selecting a few initial references matching his taste and then browsing the ensuing universe of visual choices and related connections.
"Art.sy is a new way to discover art you'll love, featuring work from leading partners, museums, and private collections around the world."
You can search, browse and save, into a collection of your favorites art pieces, the authors or the themes you have chosen to follow.
It works like this: "In the same way you might customize your ShoeDazzle profile, you spend a few minutes choosing works of art you like. A personalized feed of art comes up. Or you can use filters like medium, color, size, price or very specific ones like Contemporary Vintage Photography."
The Art.sy "collection comprises 25,000+ artworks by 3,700+ artists from leading galleries, museums, private collections, foundations, and artist estates."
"Powered by The Art Genome Project—an ongoing study of the characteristics that distinguish and connect works of art—Art.sy creates new pathways for discovering art through 800+ characteristics (we call them “genes”).
Users can discover works through connections between art-historical movements, subject matter, and formal qualities, creating infinite serendipitous opportunities for discovery and learning."
Due to the above, Art.sy is also a great example of how art education can be effectively improved by providing an explorative platform rather than a didactical one, where the learner can discover his own path, rather than being forced throgh a "standardized" official one.
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.