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The Value of Curation Expressed in a Beautiful Poem: The Curator

The Value of Curation Expressed in a Beautiful Poem: The Curator | SocialMediaDesign |

"우리는 그들이. 나는 /이 나라에서 가장 젊은 보조 큐레이터. 내가 그 일에 몇 가지 좋은 아이디어를 서른 두 있었다 것이 거의 확실했다, 우리는 독일이 올 것이라고 생각이 올 거라 생각 했어요. "

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Robin Good's curator insight, March 12, 2014 9:09 AM

The Curator, by Miller Williams, is a poem that illustrates the keen value of the curator. 

It's a short story, that can be read in just 3 minutes, and which can provide a great metaphor to explain to others, emotionally, what the value of the curator, is all about. 

Beautiful. Inspiring. 9/10

Read it now: 

Reading time: 3' mins.

Thanks to Nancy White for helping me discover it.

Check her super-interesting article entitled "Students Curators: Powerful Learningand her D20 Innovation blog.  

Image credit: Vintage frame by Shutterstock

Nancy White's comment, March 12, 2014 11:32 AM
Thank you Robin - I am glad you liked it. Our students were really able to understand the concept of curating through this poem.
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Curation Levels: Learner, Facilitator, Designer - Where Do You Stand?

Curation Levels: Learner, Facilitator, Designer - Where Do You Stand? | SocialMediaDesign |

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Linda Dougherty's curator insight, September 8, 2013 7:58 PM

Awesome explanation for curation.  Thanks Kirsten Wilson @teachkiwi for this wonderful insight into why we curate!

Alfredo Corell's curator insight, September 22, 2013 6:36 PM

Robin Good opinion:

Kirsten Wilson analyzes three different levels of content curation presently in use and describes accurately the differences between these. 


"In regards to levels of curation it is much like Blooms. There is knowledge level curation- it is done for remembering and understanding (the “Learner Level”).

Another level is applying and analyzing- it is curated for use or been used and is a proven tool for using whether it be your tool or a tool you have discovered from your global connections via Social Media, blogs or simple internet searches (the “Facilitator Level”). 

Finally, there are curations that go to the level of evaluation and creation… these are the curations that become invaluable tools to others. It takes the most work, but the result is most thorough and the resource it provides to others can be invaluable (the “Designer Level”)."


He concludes by reminding all would-be curators the importance of attribution and the amount of effort that the "designer level" of curation requires: "In this world of immediate access and available content make every effort to honor the source of your curation, inspiration and/or springboard for design. 

Those that do curate at a “Designer” level and in many cases are the first in their field of expertise to find a new “method” put hours into the development and design."



Rightful. Instructional. 7/10


Full original article: ;



(Image credit: Three trophies by Shutterstock)

Zhang Meilan's curator insight, October 7, 2013 1:16 PM

Robin Good把内容策展分为三个层次:策展的学习者,策展的设计者,策展的促进者。



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Curators Key Requirement: Critical Thinking

Robin Good: Critical thinking is a key strategic skill needed by any serious professional curator. 


"Critical thinking provides the keys for our own intellectual independence..." and it helps to move away from "rashy conclusions, mystification and reluctance to question received wisdom, authority and tradition" while learning how to adopt "intellectual discipline" and a way to express clearly ideas while taking personal responsibility for them.


Key takeaways from this video:


Critical thinking refers to a diverse range of intellectual skills and activities concerned with "evaluating information" as well as our own thought in a disciplined way.
  Critical thinking is not just thinking a lot. To be an effective critical thinker you need to seek out and be guided by "knowledge" and "evidence" that fits with reality even if it refutes what the general consensus may want to believe.
  Critical thinkers cultivate an attitude of curiosity and they are willing to do the work required to keep themselves informed about a subject.
  Critical thinkers do not take claims at face value but utilize scepticism and doubt to suspend judgement and objectively evaluate with facts the claims being made.
  Critical thinkers should evaluate information on the basis of reasoning and not by relying on emotions as claims the factuality of a claim cannot be solely based on the level of emotion that accompanies them or the fact that they may be believed by certain groups.


Highly recommended for all curators. 9/10



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Beth Kanter's comment, February 21, 2012 11:56 PM
Thank you for sharing this video and the importance of critical thinking. It is so easy to get into the mindless consumption trap and making ourselves slow down, read, think, question, and seek is so important. It is all about the resisting the urge to click, but to hit the pause button and make yourself think
Mayra Aixa Villar's comment, February 22, 2012 10:14 AM
Grazie come sempre, Robin! You always share valuable information and this video is a great source to reflect on the importance of critical thinking to refine thought processes when curating content. Content curation certainly requires and develops "better thinking".
Gregory Thackston's curator insight, March 17, 2013 4:54 PM

Critical thinking is a key component in addressing autonomous adversity and the need to collaborate in decision making.

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Creating a Framework for What Matters and Why: Maria Popova Explains What It Means To Be a Curator

Creating a Framework for What Matters and Why: Maria Popova Explains What It Means To Be a Curator | SocialMediaDesign |

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Robin Good's curator insight, December 10, 2013 4:23 PM

Back in Feberuary of this year Debbie Millman has interviewed Maria Popova, the curator of Brain PickingsLiterary Jukebox and the inventor of Curator's Code.

Find out what Maria thinks curation is all about (How do we make sense of the world we through stuff and through objects - whether physical or metaphysical) and why she has become so interested in it.

Maria is a fantastic and highly prolific content curator producing three original posts and between 60 to 70 tweets a day.

Specific interview points I suggest you listen to: 

-> 24':30" for combinatorial creativity and the first recorded examples of content curation as a form authroship

-> 27':16" Curation - Do you define yourself a curator?

-> 28':00" Curators don't design, they organize

-> 28':50" What is curation

-> 29':19" Curation and pattern recognition

-> 37':45" The importance of discovery - why attribution matters


Original audio interview: 

(duration: 52':07")

.MP3 audio download: 

More interesting interviews: Design Matters Podcast

Therese Torris's curator insight, December 12, 2013 6:39 AM

Interesting interview about an interesting personnality

John Thomas's curator insight, February 5, 2014 5:15 AM

Creating a Framework for What Matters and Why: Maria Popova Explains What It Means To Be a Curator

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Credit and Attribution Are Fantastic Untapped Resources for Discovery, Not Duties: Maria Popova and The Curator's Code

Credit and Attribution Are Fantastic Untapped Resources for Discovery, Not Duties: Maria Popova and The Curator's Code | SocialMediaDesign |

Robin Good: Maria Popova has just launched a classy and laudable initiative, focused on increasing awareness and in highlighting the importance of honoring always where or via who you have got to a certain article, report, video or image.


Credit and attribution are not just a "formal" way to comply with rules, laws and authors but an incredibly powerful emebddable mechanism to augment findability, discovery, sinergy and collaboration among human being interested in the same topic.


She writes: "In an age of information overload, information discovery — the service of bringing to the public’s attention that which is interesting, meaningful, important, and otherwise worthy of our time and thought — is a form of creative and intellectual labor, and one of increasing importance and urgency.


A form of authorship, if you will.


Yet we don’t have a standardized system for honoring discovery the way we honor other forms of authorship and other modalities of creative and intellectual investment, from literary citations to Creative Commons image rights."


For this purpose Curator's Code was created.


Curator's Code is first of all "a movement to honor and standardize attribution of discovery across the web" as well as a web site where you can learn about the two key types of attribution that we should be using:

a) Via - which indicates a link of direct discovery

b) Hat tip - Indicates a link of indirect discovery, story lead, or inspiration.


Each one has now a peculiar characterizing icon that Curator's Code suggests to integrate in your news and content publication policies. 


Additionally and to make it easy for anyone to integrate these new attribution icons in their work, Curator's Code has created a free bokkmarklet which makes using proper attribution a matter of one clic.


Hat tip to Maria Popova and Curator's Code for launching this initiative. 


Whether or not you will sign Curator's Code pledge, become an official web site supporting it, or adopt its bookmarklet instantly is not as important as the key idea behind it: by providing credit and attribution to pieces of content you find elsewhere, you not only honestly reward who has spent time to create that content, but you significantly boost the opportunity for thousands of others to connect, link up to, discover and make greater sense of their search for meaning.


Read Maria Popova introductory article to Curator's Code: 


How to use the Curator's bookmarklet: 


Healthy. Inspiring. 9/10


Curator's Code official web site: 


N.B.: Too bad that the Curator's Code bookmarklet doesn't work with, as the one excludes the other. But you could save the two codes for the special attribution characters in a text note and copy and paste whicever you need. Given the need for simplicity and integration this is not an ideal solution but I am sure that between Maria and Guillaume at they will find a way to make this work easily for all. Maria and Guillaume: what do you say?


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Beth Kanter's comment, March 11, 2012 1:01 PM
Thanks Robin for sharing and curating this article with your summary. I discovered it via Barbara Bray's collection where she had re scooped your scoop -- [and if following the curator's code added a via]. I came over here to rescoop (with a via!) because you are the original source and one of the links was broken (you corrected it and added an update) thus reminding me the importance of going to the original source. Here on you can just follow the trail of the rescoop icon.

I am disappointed that the bookmarklet doesn't work together with the one - but it would be great to have it integrated. Now to figure out how to rescoop it with the characters.
Robin Good's comment, March 11, 2012 1:12 PM
Hi Beth, thanks for your kind feedback. I was just out today for a video interview with Nancy White here in Rome, and she mentioned you as someone she likes for your ability to curate and make sense of things.

Re the integration of the curators' code icons, I have received feedback from Guillaume De Cugies of that he has been exchanging with Maria Popova and that he is looking with her for a way to integrate the two.

For now you can simply install the Curators' Code bookmarklet and use the "via"<a href="" target="_blank" style="font-family:sans-serif;text-decoration:none" >&#x1525;</a> or hat tip <a href="" target="_blank" style="font-family:sans-serif;text-decoration:none" >&#x21ac;</a> icons by copying and pasting their code into your scoops manually. The problem, at least for me is, that the editing window is in the same position where the Curators' Code bookmarklet is and therefore I can't see both at the same time.

In any case I think it would be trivial for or any other tool to integrate such buttons directly into their system without having us to use two different tools for one task.
Karen Dietz's comment, March 11, 2012 9:36 PM
Many thanks Robin for the help! Somehow I missed the article -- computer fatigue probably :) I read it earlier today and look forward to using the codes. I'm thrilled to hear that is looking into integrating them into the platform. Thanks for keeping us updated on this new, and important twist, for curating. Cheers -- Karen