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Content Curation: Beyond the Institutional Repository and Library Archives - Crystal Renfro

Content Curation: Beyond the Institutional Repository and Library Archives - Crystal Renfro | The Information Professional |

Crystal Renfro:

"If you are an academic librarian, you have been hearing about Data Curation, Content Curation, Information Curation or Digital Curation for years. And the terms can be applied in several different ways. There are the curation activities surrounding purchased library materials and the curation of faculty and student items (like theses and dissertations for example). Archivists have been intimately involved with all sorts of curation activities since archives existed, and were early adopters of digital curation and finding aids for the items they maintained. Most recently, Data Curation has been in the forefront of librarian discussions in response to government mandates to make research information widely available; first with the medical field, and more recently with the National Science Foundation requirements for data curation plans in all NSF grants."

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10 Surprising Marketing Job Titles For The Next 10 Years - Forbes

10 Surprising Marketing Job Titles For The Next 10 Years - Forbes | The Information Professional |

This article is by Scott Redick, director of strategy at Heat, an independent advertising agency. Things change pretty quickly in the marketing industry.



7. Content Archivist

Competitive and legal pressure will require more demands for storing, indexing and retrieving the vast amount of content that brands produce. A content archivist will be the person everyone turns to when the CEO asks, “What was that one tweet we sent about that thing five years ago?”


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Future job titles of librarians/archivists!

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE..[San Francisco, CA -- December 11, 2012] --, a leading social media and content curation platform for professionals and businesses, recently announced it’s platform redesign, elements of which focus specifically on increasing visibility...
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Scoop.It looks better, and the changes with regards insights and comments enhance the content curation platform!

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Humanrithm: why data without people is not enough

Slides of talk at DataWeek 2012 by Guillaume Decugis, Co-Founder & CEO of
From introduction of presentation:
"We engineers love data and algorithms. They help create amazing things. But if and when we forget that people create data and that data can be improved by people, we will miss the promise of Big Data. It's time we all thought of this not as social vs algorithm but as humanrithm."
"Curation starts when Saerch stops working" - Clay Shirky

View full presentation here:
Via Giuseppe Mauriello
Alessio Manca's comment, November 30, 2012 8:02 AM
Impacting! TY
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How To Start Curating Content: Tips and Tools Advice from Amy Schmittauer

Robin Good: "Amy Schmittauer has some good basic tips if you are new to content curation and are curious to know which tools you could use to get your feet wet.


In this yet undiscovered three-minute video from this past summer, Amy introduces and explains the pros and cons of using, Storify and Google Alerts."


Useful for beginners. Informative. 7/10


Original video:

Via Robin Good
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Social News Gathering, Curation and Syndication Platform: Spundge

Social News Gathering, Curation and Syndication Platform: Spundge | The Information Professional |

Robin Good: Expressedly designed for journalists and newsrooms Spundge is a unique social news discovery, curation and syndication platform that facilitates the discovery, selection and distribution of news content across multiple channels.


Spundge works with topic-specific containers called "notebooks", which you can create and configure to work around any specific topic, event, company or issue you are interested in following.


Spundge taps into YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, Flickr, Soundcloud and Facebook to gather relevant content around your specified topics, as well as into RSS feeds and OPML files that you specify. All these can then be easily filtered (by keyword, time, location, and language) and curated manually before being published inside any topic-specific "notebook".


Notebooks can be made public or private and their contents can be shared on all major social media networks as well as being syndicated outside of Splundge in a number of different ways.


The PRO version of Spundge adds a number of useful features to the free base version, including:


Custom editor - create, write, format and edit your own multimedia posts integrating text, images and video clips with extreme ease.


Personal customized dashboards - these allow you to collect and organize in one page streams from different notebooks, traffic and social sharing data and more.


Syndication - syndicate to major socia platforms such as Twitter and Facebook as well as to Wordpress and Mialchimp.


Collaboration - invite co-editors, curators, newsmasters to complement your work or to fuel a common newsroom activity allowing everyone to track, review, comment and edit individual notebooks.


Embedding - standard embed code to publish/integrate any notebook inside any website or blog page.


Analytics - Acces to detailed traffic data.


Smart attribution - Spundge automatically tracks original sources from where you are picking content, images or video clips and automatically credits them.


Custom sources - plug-in private RSS feeds or your own API to feed unique proprietary content into your notebooks.


Free version available.


Read The Nieman Journalism Lab review of Spundge:


For more info:



Via Robin Good
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What Kind Of Curation Site Should You Use?

What Kind Of Curation Site Should You Use? | The Information Professional |

Deanna Dahlsad designed this simple decision-tree to help differentiate between different Content Curation platforms and which one you should use as a business user.


I found this interesting as it's one of the first ones I see that made this obvious and simple differentiation between the different platforms out there. I'm not sure I would describe as article-based (we obviously have large pictures, infographics, videos or SlideShare presentations that are not articles) but I can see where she's coming from and her intention: if the content you curate is not 100% image, "image-based eye-candy" is not enough.  

Via Guillaume Decugis
Deanna Dahlsad's comment, October 5, 2012 1:27 AM
Thank you for scooping my article and decision tree! Most content curation sites do offer images, as I noted; but there are distinct differences between image-based sites like Pinterest & sites like Scoop.It especially in terms of users.
Chris Lott UAF's comment, October 5, 2012 1:31 PM
The decision tree here represents our decisions on what curation technology to use as an educational organization. It's a great starting point for discussion.
Guillaume Decugis's comment, October 9, 2012 9:53 PM
Hi Deanna - Yes, I found it was a great one. By the way, I was thinking of using it in a future presentation. Would you be ok with that? I'd of course include the reference to your site that's on the original picture. Let me know. Thanks!
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Killer time-saving content curation strategies | Small Business ...

Killer time-saving content curation strategies | Small Business ... | The Information Professional |

Laura Crest:

"By much trial and error, I have come to learn and embrace time-saving content curation strategies as the editor and content curator of ~ 3 years for the SEO Copywriting blog – particularly, the weekly (Wednesday) SEO Content Marketing ..."

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Data Curation as Digital Preservation of Documents and Electronic Artifacts: Key Reference Resources

Data Curation as Digital Preservation of Documents and Electronic Artifacts: Key Reference Resources | The Information Professional |

Robin Good: Data (or Digital) Curation, is an academic/scientific discipline dedicated to preserve, organize and collect digital documents and other electronic artifacts for archival, re-use and repurposing objectives.


Check: and


The importance of Data Curation can be easily underestimated as it may appear, to the casual viewer, as an arid, tedious document archival job.


In reality, Digital Curation efforts are of great value to the preservation of important cultural documents and data for future researchers who will want to access, in some organized way, the data-information-artifacts of our time. In addition, the data curation practices and guidelines developed by academic and research institutions can also be of value and inspiration to other types of curation work, that may adopt, emulate or innovate upon them.

If you are interested in learning more about Data/Digital Curation and in identifying the key organizations in this space, here is a good shortlist for you, thanks to the kind work of Kevin "the Librarian" Read:


University of Arizona – Digital Information Management
University of Illinois – Data Curation Education Program
University of North Carolina – DigCCurr University of Virginia – Scientific Data Consulting

Digital Curation Centre Digital Curation Exchange International Journal of Digital Curation Purdue-UIUC Data Curation Profiles Project



Useful. 7/10






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How Long Before You Will Instead of Google It?

How Long Before You Will Instead of Google It? | The Information Professional |

"Services like 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 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,, which is free, is the right answer for information seekers and providers as well as the experts who like to show off their expertise."

Via Guillaume Decugis, Robin Good, Pippa Davies @PippaDavies , librarykerri
lelapin's comment, June 17, 2012 3:46 AM
I may be wrong but I don't see this happening any time soon.
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Content Curation Special Edition on Collected Magazine

Content Curation Special Edition on Collected Magazine | The Information Professional |

Robin Good: The School Library Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (SLANZA) publishes "Collected", a professionally-designed and written digital magazine.


This issue is dedicated to content curation and it includes several articles on how to reuse content with confidence, a great checklist for curation and a really nifty piece on a newbie's experience with


Informative. Highly recommended. 8/10


Web edition: ;

Downloadable PDF:  ;


(thanks to Alison Harrison for first discovering it)

Via Robin Good
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Content Creation Vs. Curation: Curators Are The New Media Editors

Robin Good: John McCarus, SVP for Brand Content at Digitas, ignites an interesting panel about content creation vs content curation.


This is the second in a series of three videos highlighting a 2012 conversation on the future of media on the social web organized by Ben Elowitz, CEO of Wetpaint.

The nicely edited video, brings up in its four minutes, some valuable takes and opinions on how curation is perceived, used and modulated to achieve different results and objectives.


From mere republishing and copying of someone else materials without attribution or credit (certainly not something to be categorized under "curation") to the new cadre of emerging journalists, who not only write, but also monitor, research, pre-digest and cull the most interesting content - not written by them - for their own audiences.


Key takeaways:

“A curator is an editor, essentially. You become a trusted source by doing the hard work for your audience and telling them what’s important, whether you’ve written it or not.

Traditionally that’s been the role of great newspapers; now that function is being spread across the web.”
Erick Schonfeld, TechCrunch

- Publishers have a love / hate relationship with curators.


- Curators help to expand a publisher’s reach, but the publisher risks losing credit (and traffic).


- Curators who link back and republish only enough to pique interest will keep publishers happy.


“It’s like the forest episode of Planet Earth: the animal eats the nectar and sort of destroys the plant but spreads the pollen all over.”

Jason Hirschhorn, Media ReDEFined



Original video: 


Full article: 


>>Very valuable to Information Professionals as well!

Via Robin Good, Giuseppe Mauriello
Jeff Makana's comment, March 2, 2012 3:34 AM
Great improvements on delivery of content Robin, Your analysis give the reader added insights. In support and solidarity!
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Curating Information & Making Sense of Data Is a Key Skill for the Future [Research]

Curating Information & Making Sense of Data Is a Key Skill for the Future [Research] | The Information Professional |

Extremely valuable skills for Infrmation Professionals of the future:


Robin Good: The Institute for the Future and the University of Phoenix have teamed up to produce, this past spring, an interesting report entitled Future Work Skills 2020.


By looking at the set of emerging skills that this research identifies as vital for future workers, I can't avoid but recognize the very skillset needed by any professional curator or newsmaster.


It should only come as a limited surprise to realize that in an information economy, the most valuable skills are those that can harness that primary resource, "information", in new, and immediately useful ways.


And being the nature of information like water, which can adapt and flow depending on context, the task of the curator is one of seeing beyond the water,

to the unique rare fish swimming through it.


The curator's key talent being the one of recognizing that depending on who you are fishing for, the kind of fish you and other curators could see within the same water pool, may be very different. 



Here the skills that information-fishermen of the future will need the most:


1) Sense-making:

ability to determine the deeper meaning or significance of what is being expressed


2) Social intelligence:

ability to connect to others in a deep and direct way, to sense and stimulate reactions and desired interactions


3) Novel and adaptive thinking:

proficiency at thinking and coming up with solutions and responses beyond that which is rote or rule-based


4) Cross-cultural competency:

ability to operate in different cultural settings


5) Computational thinking:

ability to translate vast amounts of data into abstract concepts and to understand data-based reasoning


6) New media literacy:

ability to critically assess and develop content that uses new media forms, and to leverage these media for persuasive communication


7) Transdisciplinarity:

literacy in and ability to understand concepts across multiple disciplines


8) Design mindset:

ability to represent and develop tasks and work processes for desired outcomes


9) Cognitive load management:

ability to discriminate and filter information for importance, and to understand how to maximize cognitive functioning using a variety of tools and techniques


10) Virtual collaboration:

ability to work productively, drive engagement, and demonstrate presence as a member of a virtual team



Critical to understand the future ahead. 9/10


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Executive Summary of the Report:;nbsp;


Download a PDF copy of Future Work Skills 2020:;nbsp;&amp;nbsp;

Via Robin Good, janlgordon
Beth Kanter's comment, December 20, 2011 7:34 PM
Thanks for sharing this from Robin's stream. These skills sets could form the basis of a self-assessment for would-be curators, although they're more conceptual - than practical/tactical. Thanks for sharing and must go rescoop it with a credit you and Robin of course
janlgordon's comment, December 20, 2011 7:56 PM
Beth Kanter
Agreed. It's also one of the articles I told you about....good info to build on:-)
Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, September 4, 2014 2:34 AM

Curating Information and Data Sense-Making Is The Key Skill for the Future [Research]

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The Spirit of the Archivist and Its Relevance for Content Curators, by Sally Whiting

The Spirit of the Archivist and Its Relevance for Content Curators, by Sally Whiting | The Information Professional |

Sally Whiting on "archival practice and online content": 


"A new kind of archivist

Archives are still romanticized in the way that libraries are: stunning monuments to intelligence and learning, doomed by budget cuts and the fact that it’s frankly a lot easier to just Google for answers these days. Sometimes it seems like fledgling librarians and archivists should just cut their losses, but what they actually need to do is broaden their job descriptions. Applying archival principles to content strategy makes for solid content—I can demonstrate this, and I exercise it in my work. Applying content strategy to archives, however, just might keep those archives alive."




From Robin Good's insight:

"As content curators will increasingly need to learn more about archiving, organizing and preserving what they curate, this article provides an inspiring set of considerations about the key value of context and provenance...."


Read full Robin Good's insight below.


Full article:


Via Robin Good, Giuseppe Mauriello, Heiko Idensen
Karen du Toit's insight:

Content strategy practised in archives, and the skills set of the New Archivist! Great article!

Jordi Carrió Jamilà's curator insight, August 28, 2013 12:16 PM

Un muy interesante artículo

Nancy White's curator insight, August 29, 2013 8:48 AM

Excellent post - importance of context & provenance. 

digitalassetman's curator insight, August 30, 2013 8:15 AM

Since graduating from library school, I’ve fielded occasional questions about archiving “as a professional in the field.” Then comes the second question, “So, what kind of archive do you work in?” But I don’t. Although I was trained as an archivist and care deeply about archives, I’ve been an editor or a content strategist on most of my recent projects. And though I sympathize with archivists’ anxiety about their continuing relevance, I’m also excited for them, as I am for anyone who has content worth sharing

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Content Curation for the School Librarian

Content Curation for the School Librarian | The Information Professional |

Robin Good: "Content Curation and the School Librarian" is the featured article for the latest issue of Knowledge Quest magazine.

Authored by Nikki D. Robertson the article illustrates some of content curation key strengths, how the author has utilized content curation for her academic projects, and popular curation tools for those interested in exploring the field further.

PDF download here:

Via Robin Good, Dennis T OConnor
Karen du Toit's insight:

Valuable insights to all librarians!