Excerpted from article by great curator Maria Popova:
"Tim O’Reilly recently admonished that unless we embrace open access over copyright, we’ll never get science policy right. The sentiment, which I believe applies to more than science, reminded me of an eloquent 1945 essay by Vannevar Bush, titled “As We May Think.”
Much of what Bush discusses presages present conversations about information overload, filtering, and our restless “FOMO” — fear of missing out, for anyone who did miss out on the memetic catchphrase — amidst the incessant influx. Bush worries about the impossibility of ever completely catching up and the unfavorable signal-to-noise ratio.
Bush makes an enormously important — and timely — point about the difference between merely compressing information to store it efficiently and actually making use of it in the way of gleaning knowledge.
To that end, I often think about the architecture of knowledge as a pyramid of sorts — at the base of it, there is all the information available to us; from it, we can generate some form of insight, which we then consolidate into knowledge; at our most optimal, at the top of the pyramid, we’re then able to glean from that knowledge some sort of wisdom about the world.
He stresses, as many of us believe today, that mechanization — or, algorithms in the contemporary equivalent — will never be a proper substitute for human judgment and creative thought in the filtration process.
He presages hypertext, the internet, and even Wikipedia — and, perhaps more importantly, laying out a model for what excellence at the intersection of the editorial and curatorial looks.
Bush nails the value of what we call today, not without resistance, “information curation”:
Bush wrote: "There is a new profession of trail blazers, those who find delight in the task of establishing useful trails through the enormous mass of the common record. The inheritance from the master becomes, not only his additions to the world’s record, but for his disciples the entire scaffolding by which they were erected."
He concludes by considering the cultural value and urgency, infinitely timelier today than it was in his day, of making our civilization’s “record” — the great wealth of information about how we got to where we are — manageable, digestible, and useful in our quest for knowledge, wisdom, and growth..."
Gideon Lichfield argues that reporters and news media should follow obsessions - emerging stories - not traditional beats defined by institutions and specialisms. Lots of cross-over with sense-making by curators and social reporters.
A profusion of similar “takes” erupts online after almost any major news event — and the driving force behind that phenomenon is the fact that readers are in control of the process now, not editors or writers.
Via Therese Torris
David Wilcox's insight:
All the more need for social reporters and other curators.
From the original article by Tom George on his "Internet Billboards". Here are some interesting excerpts from the post about content curation. "After having spent the better part of four years curating content from renowned bloggers, journalists and authors as well as building a platform here on Internet Billboards, which has evolved into a wonderful community of content curator’s.
Here is my definition of content curation. A content curator is someone who finds, organizes, presents and shares valuable information (content) in many forms, on a specific topic, in a way that provides special context and or a unique engagement with his or her readers. In actuality when done correctly, over time it positions the curator as an expert in his or her respective field and defines their reputation as a thought leader.
A good curator will mix curation with his or her own original content, to give interpretations for the express purpose of allowing others to form their own conclusions. ... Why curation and crowdsourcing will and should become more important to you. I will give you ten reasons. 1. There is just too much content; 2. Social Sites Are Full Of Spam; 3. Privacy concerns with big data; 4. Limiting risk and using many minds; 5. Technology must assist us and help us not hinder us; 6. People Will recognize the need to build meaningful relationships; 7. Information will flow freely; 8. Trust and authority will be the new currency; 9. Curation helps you establish relationships with thought leaders; 10. Crowd Sourcing can make things possible..."
Robin Good: MapQuest Discover is a new service that allows you to collect, organize and share your favorite collections of places, locations and itineraries you are interested into.
In other words a Pinterest-like solution dedicated to your travelling and vacation needs.
From the official MapQuest blog: "MapQuest Discover’s homepage is an infinitely scrolling newsfeed of popular Places, Collections and Travel Guides. From here, users can quickly Like a Place, mark that they have Been to a Place, or Add a Place to one of their own Collections."
"Users of Discover can create and share collections of favorite places (“My favorite pubs” or “The Best Golf Courses in North America”) or make bucket lists (“100 Places to see before I kick the bucket”).
In addition to these user-generated collections, Discover contains travel guides written by travel experts."
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.
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