"Over the last couple of years, I’ve come to think of my role as a teacher as that of a curator of ideas" says Corinne Weisgerber who teaches Social Media and Communication at St Edwards Unniversity in Austin, TX (if you haven't yet, check out her great prez here).
As she explained in this post, the Curation Project was about getting her students "to set up a network of online mentors using social media tools" and "to identify experts in their field and connect with them in order to build a personal learning network (PLN)."
The idea behing the PNL is to help them discover valuable information through social search that they wouldn't have discovered otherwise.
Interesting project and read.
And great work by the students who used various curation platforms for the project, including Storify and Scoop.it (links in the post)
http://www.ted.com How do we consume data? At TED@SXSWi, technologist JP Rangaswami muses on our relationship to information, and offers a surprising and sharp insight: we treat it like food.
So if you think of your relationship with information like food, what will you do differently? I think it's a great analogy, and reminds me the Information Diet book by Clay Johnson. Because that's all about curation is. Taking care of what you are able to "digest", what "feeds" you. Good information allows you not only to feel well, but to feel better day after day and connect with others (food is one of the best social breaker in the world, don't you think?)
But curation is not a diet to try, it could just be a tremendous lifestyle to adopt for good.
"Yesterday, 250 million photos were uploaded to Facebook, 864,000 hours of video were uploaded to YouTube, and 294 billion emails were sent. No wonder content curation is one of the most important jobs of our digital age.
Which means it's time to enlist the web's secret power: humans."
I just love the way Steve Rosenbaum talks about curators, don't you?
He coined the term when we interviewed him at SxSWi and Steve definitely knows what he's talking about, being the author of Curation Nation.
He gives interesting guidelines to all would-be curators in this post: even if you're already one, you might find them useful. And if you're not a curator yet: "All you need is a web browser and a cape. The rest is up to you."
"Services like Scoop.it depend on a community of millions of hardworking experts who wonder what to do with the wealth of knowledge and wisdom they have accumulated in life and are happy to share it."
Written by blogger Shred Pillai on the Huffington Post, this vibrant praise of Social Curation in general and Scoop.it in particular, points out the changes we're seeing in the way we look for information. From basic search, we now look more and more for meaning and context from human experts.
Beyond information, we want knowledge.
And this is what Curation is all about.
As he concludes: "At the end of the day, Scoop.it, which is free, is the right answer for information seekers and providers as well as the experts who like to show off their expertise."