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Curators: A Herculean Task Is Ahead of You - and Be Careful

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"Steven Rosenbaum has an interesting article on Fast Company, outlining the reasons why curation is here to stay and the importance that curators will play in your information consumption diet.

 

He writes: "...So anyone who steps up and volunteers to curate in their area of knowledge and passion is taking on a Herculean task.

 

They're going to stand between the web and their readers, using all of the tools at their disposal to "listen" to the web, and then pull out of the data stream nuggets of wisdom, breaking news, important new voices, and other salient details.

 

It's real work, and requires a tireless commitment to being engaged and ready to rebroadcast timely material.

 

While there may be an economic benefit for being a "thought leader" and "trusted curator," it's not going to happen overnight.

 

Which is to say, being a superhero is often a thankless job.

 

The growth in content, both in terms of pure volume and the speed of publishing, has raised some questions about what best practices are in the curation space."

 

He also has some pretty straightforward advice on what, as a curator, you should never do:

 

"1. If you don't add context, or opinion, or voice and simply lift content, it's stealing.

 

2. If you don't provide attribution, and a link back to the source, it's stealing.

 

3. If you take a large portion of the original content, it's stealing.

 

4. If someone asks you not to curate their material, and you don't respect that request, it's stealing.

 

5. Respect published rights. If images don't allow creative commons use, reach out to the image creator--don't just grab it and ask questions later."

 

And he definitely has a point on all of these. 

 

Recommended. 7/10"

 

Read the full article: http://www.fastcompany.com/1834177/content-curators-are-the-new-superheros-of-the-web?partner=rss 


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Jonathan Rattray Clark's comment, April 17, 2012 10:14 PM
Scooping it .........thanks Robin I really like your curation .... And value your wisdom ......it seems there is purpose to my constant information minning as and educator artist and passionate information collector .......I find it incredibly exciting to find fresh thinking and response to the living world around us and in particular our individual passions. Thank you for your wisdom
Robin Good's comment, April 17, 2012 10:16 PM
Thank you Jonathan. Glad to be of help and inspiration to you.

Tony Gu's comment, April 19, 2012 10:30 PM
I am really enjoying reading this article.
I found that the way Robin Good curate this article truly practice the ‘No Stealing’ rules. Thanks for sharing this with all of us. Big up!
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Wikipedia And The Death Of The Expert

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"Learners are doers, not recipients."—Walter J.

 

"Learning" no longer means sitting passively in a lecture hall or on in front of a television or in a library and waiting to receive the "authoritative" version of what the experts think is up as if it were a Communion wafer.

For nearly 20 years we have had the Internet, now grown into a medium of almost infinite paths, where "learning" means that you can Twitter directly to people in Egypt to ask them what they really think about ElBaradei (and get answers), ask an author or critic to address a point you feel he may have missed (ditto), or share your own insights in countless forums where they will be read and admired (and/or savaged.) Knowledge is growing more broadly and immediately participatory and collaborative by the moment."

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The Future of Social Media: 38 Experts Share Their Predictions For 2012

The Future of Social Media: 38 Experts Share Their Predictions For 2012 | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Brian Rice wrote this piece for Business 2 Community

 

 

"What is in store for 2012? With only two months remaining until the end of the year, there is no better time than now to pause and take a look towards the future."

 

 

 

Here are a few things that caught my attention:

 

Elias Roman, CEO and co-founder of Songza

 

First, the easy prediction: more and more of the information we consume on a daily basis (from news to product reviews to entertainment) will come via the social media channels we have opted into and, more specifically, from the information filters we have chosen to subscribe to in those channels.

 

****In the short term, more information will come from more sources delivered through fewer channels.

 

Tony Ellison CEO from Shoplet.com

 

****Social media can insert the missing human touch and allow mankind to tap into the full potential of the internet. Because of this, it is going to transform eCommerce as we know it.

 

Loren McDonald, VP of Industry Relations at Silverpop

 

The convergence of mobile, social, local and email, or “mocial,” is forcing marketers to change the way they interact with customers and prospects to ensure that they are where their customers and prospects are, all the time. In 2012 and beyond, savvy marketers will need to cross promote between all channels.

 

Read full article [http://bit.ly/um8j7u]

 


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Online Information 2011 - The largest event dedicated to the information industry

Information and Collaboration:
Meeting the challenges of a mobile generation

 

5 Conference Tracks

 

Mix and match seminar tracks each day so that you can customise the programme to suit your priorities and interests. Choose from:

 

1. Going mobile: Information and knowledge on the move

Keynote speakers:

Paul Golding, CEO, Wireless Wanders

Steve Wing, Head of Mobile, Guardian News & Media

 

2. Social Media: Exploiting knowledge in networks

Keynote speakers:

Jacob Morgan, Principal and Co-Founder, Chess Media GroupJemima Gibbons, Social Media Strategist, AAB Engage

 

3. Building a framework for the future of the information profession

Keynote speakers:

Phil Bradley, Internet ConsultantDavid Ball, Head of Academic Development Services

 

4. New frontiers in information management

Keynote speakers:

Richard Boulderstone, Director of e-strategy and Information Systems, The British Library

 

5. Search and Information Discovery

Keynote speakers:

Susanne Koch, Editor and Owner, Pandia.com

The Online Information conference 2011 promises a huge range of expertise

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Simon's Scratch Pad: A knowledge management conundrum: how to share secret information?

Simon's Scratch Pad: A knowledge management conundrum: how to share secret information? | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
A knowledge management conundrum: how to share secret information. One KM issue that has sat in the back of my mind for some time is how to share information among employees that is classified as secret.

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The Content Economy: Why traditional intranets fail today's knowledge workers

The Content Economy: Why traditional intranets fail today's knowledge workers | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Tacit knowledge doesn't allow itself to be captured"

 

"In a knowledge-intensive business environment, it is often very hard or even impossible to anticipate in advance what information is needed. You simply cannot know what information will be relevant before the moment you need it. The information might not exist until the moment you need it, or you are simply unaware of its existence. That’s why more is better (“more is more”) when it comes to information supply in a knowledge-intensive business environment. If there is more to choose from, chances are there will be something for (almost) any need. That’s also why it has become critical for knowledge workers to access to the information abundance on the Internet. We also need to have immediate access to anyone who might possess the knowledge and information we need but which is not captured – often because it is hard to capture or simply does not allow itself to be captured (tacit knowledge) and exchanged."

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Understanding Information Architecture by Peter Morville on Prezi

alpha 0.1 (RT @spellboundblog: Intro 2 Information Architecture by Peter Morville. Who wants to help make one of these about Archivists?

 

 

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Biddy Fisher: Libraries need you as they adapt to a new age - Columnists - Yorkshire Post

Biddy Fisher: Libraries need you as they adapt to a new age - Columnists - Yorkshire Post | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
THE one certainty in life is that in any life time there will be change to those things we took for granted and this is true for that most traditional of public services – the library.
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Eight Tech Trends for Librarians (and Teachers too!)| The Committed Sardine

Eight Tech Trends for Librarians (and Teachers too!)| The Committed Sardine | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
RT @thelibrarynews: Eight Tech Trends for Librarians (and Teachers too!

"The traditional idea of what it means to be a librarian is long gone in the digital age. It's more than just classifying and locating resources. Today's librarian is required to be a digital media specialist, and the need for teachers to climb on board is becoming more and more apparent as InfoWhelm continues to evolve the student brain. This Harvard Education Letter by Dave Saltman talks about 8 of the valuable resources needed by librarians today, along with basically anyone who handles a lot of information."

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Librarians in a World of Austerity: What is Our Role?

Let’s be honest... things are starting to look pretty bleak out there.  Not to sound like a pessimist, but just to review a few historical facts since 2008:

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"As providers of information how should librarians [yes both those socially conscious and other librarians] respond?

 

So librarians, are we non-biased providers of information? Do we passively respond by providing the general public with access to ‘well balanced’ information sources?

 

Are we agents of social change? Are there certain social truths and absolutes which librarians are willing to take a stand for?

 

I personally think that avoiding issues and not taking a stance (complicit as it is) is also a stance."

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The six data-savvy work personas #knowledge-workers #information

The six data-savvy work personas #knowledge-workers #information | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Data is playing a bigger role in how we do our work. According to a recent study by Factiva, there are at least six different personas that workers take on in their data work, illustrating the different ways we relate to this data.
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