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Excellent list of 14 ways to add value to the things you curate.
"Ross Dawson’s five ways of adding value to information are a good start at sense-making techniques, with my short explanations appended.Filtering: separating signal from noise, based on some criteria.Validation: ensuring that information is reliable, current or supported by research.Synthesis: describing patterns, trends or flows in large amounts of information.Presentation: making information understandable through visualization or logical presentation.Customization: describing information in context.
In 1936, James Mangan, a most interesting character, identified several skills for acquiring knowledge (via Maria Popova).Practice: This is absolutely critical. It is primarily through experience – performance – reflection that we learn.Get it from yourself: Sometimes it’s better to work things out for yourself than get a quick answer from someone else.Walk around it: Looking at something from a different perspective, especially away from the mainstream, can give new insights.Experiment: Use a constant probe – sense – respond approach with work and learning.
Robin Good picked up on the theme of sense-making, and identified five more curation skills, with my comments:Comparing: With increasing complexity, and obfuscation by competing interests, being able to compare related items becomes more valuable. Imagine if someone could compare all your mobile telephone options in a clear, simple way. Good comparisons are quite useful.Finding related items: Collecting a series of resources on a subject over time can be useful, and save others time. For example, I have several bookmarks on shareable workspaces that I have passed on to many people interested in starting a work commons.Illustrating / Visualizing: Good info-graphics are very useful, but too often they obscure. Visualizing takes great skill but can be exceptionally useful.Evaluating: Being able to set criteria and evaluate from a neutral point of view can add real value to what otherwise would just be data. Nate Silver has made a living from this.Crediting & Attributing: While attribution may just seem like a nice thing to do, it is very important to trace how knowledge is constructed. With proper attribution to the original source, you can then make changes if evidence or circumstances change."