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7 Qualities of Highly Effective Content Curators - Dennis Shiao

7 Qualities of Highly Effective Content Curators - Dennis Shiao | The Information Professional |

Excerpt from article written by Dennis Shiao and published on Blog:
"Every time I visit the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City, I see something I’ve never seen before.
Wouldn’t it be great if our content collections drew as much interest, respect and admiration as the collections at MoMA? In order to achieve this feat, we need to become highly effective content curators.
Let’s consider seven habits:

1. Focus on Goals

What are your goals around content curation? If you can’t answer that question, stop right now. Stop reading this post, too. Go answer the question, then return when you’re done.

2. Have Empathy

You’ll need to have empathy for your target audience. In other words, the better you understand their thoughts, interests and challenges, the more effective you’ll be at content curation.

3. Be Careful, Cautious and Selective
Make sure you read (and digest) every piece of content you curate. Curate high quality content only, leaving the marginal pieces to the proverbial cutting room floor.

4. Editorialize
Don’t just share content, tell us why you like (or dislike) the piece. What can your target audience learn from reading it and what are the key takeaways? In a sense, editorializing creates a nice blend of creation and curation.

5. Provide Attribution
Providing attribution shows respect and helps drive visibility and awareness to content authors. As you curate, look up the author of the article (or blog post) and explicitly acknowledge them.

6. Understand What’s Timely and Trending
Sharing fresh milk is good. Sharing spoiled milk is rotten.
If you find content that is time sensitive, consider whether the “sharing window” has already passed.

7. Have an Eye for a Great Title
Not everyone will be as thorough as you when reviewing content. A lot of people will click on a link solely because of a compelling title. As you sharpen your curating skills, you’ll begin to figure out what separates great titles from good titles. If you come across a great article that has just a good title, consider changing the title text when you curate..."

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Via Giuseppe Mauriello
Karen du Toit's insight:

Definitely points to consider when curating! 

Randi Thompson's curator insight, February 18, 2014 7:16 PM

The content you share (the articles or what ever) is how you attract the people who are interested in what you have to offer.  What do you need to do to get their attention?

Therese Torris's curator insight, February 19, 2014 4:29 AM

There are 100s of very similar lists of basic advice. I scoop one every now and then because, at the end of the day, it's the basic priorities that cost us most when we  fail to meet them. Thus, this is good advice for beginners as well as other content curators

Agi Anderson's curator insight, April 28, 2014 8:50 AM

Scoop.It is ideal for curating on specific topics! I enjoy sharing on a variety of subjects ~ invite you to follow me!

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“They're not pirates, they're archivists” – LARM Conference 2013

“They're not pirates, they're archivists” – LARM Conference 2013 | The Information Professional |

"Centre members Oliver Carter and Jez Collins recently attended the LARM Conference, based at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark to present research they have been conducting into fan archivists, or, as they describe them, activist archivists.  The conference, featuring keynote speakers such as Lev Manovich, David Hendy and Michelle Hilmes, focused on digital media archives.  Oli and Jez’s paper was titled “They’re not pirates, they’re archivists”: The role of fans as curators and archivists of popular culture heritage.  Here’s the abstract:

This paper explores the concept of fans and online fan-sites as sites of archival practice and curation of popular culture heritage. Online fan communities are forming around sites that collectively seek out, capture, preserve and make accessible popular materials that include, but not limited to, digitised sound files, moving image files and popular music memorabilia in what Bennett (2009) has termed “DIY preservationism”.

Karen du Toit's insight:

Fans of popular culture as archivists or curators! > DIY preservationism!

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Digital Curation & Sweet Scoopage | The Daring Librarian

Digital Curation & Sweet Scoopage | The Daring Librarian | The Information Professional |

Educon Curation Slideshare here:


Resources for curation also included.

Via GwynethJones
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Insights and tips by Gwyneth Jones about digital curation

GwynethJones's curator insight, February 10, 2013 8:50 PM

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Ellen Robinette's curator insight, February 14, 2013 10:07 AM

Guide to effective use for librarians

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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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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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Timbuktu librarians protect manuscripts from rebels - Chicago Tribune

Timbuktu librarians protect manuscripts from rebels - Chicago Tribune | The Information Professional |

By Pascal Fletcher


"- Timbuktu librarians protect manuscripts from rebels > Chicago Tribune

- Fabled desert trading town houses "treasure of learning" 

- Priceless texts being hidden away in rebel-held area 

- Fears that illiterate footsoldiers may loot, steal"


"JOHANNESBURG, April 10 (Reuters) - Malian scholars,
librarians and ordinary citizens in the rebel-occupied city of
Timbuktu are hiding away priceless ancient manuscripts to
prevent them from being damaged or looted, a South African
academic in contact with them said.

Cape Town University's Professor Shamil Jeppie said he was
in daily contact with curators and private owners safeguarding
tens of thousands of historic texts in Timbuktu, the fabled
desert trading town and seat of Islamic learning overrun by
Tuareg-led rebels on April 1."

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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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How Content Curators Are Connecting Online "Communities of Interest"

How Content Curators Are Connecting Online "Communities of Interest" | The Information Professional |

Content curation is becoming mainstream and the Guardian picked up the trend in this interesting high-level article that Giuseppe Mauriello suggested to me.


"Technology is creating new opportunities to socially interact and is also enabling end users to become their own content curator..."


But the article also describes how curation and topics are tightly connected. And also touches on the role of brands as curators, describing the business opportunity: "Communities of interest are tremendously powerful but you've got to have a reason to talk to them. Brands must create something of value for the user to earn that user's attention."

Via Guillaume Decugis
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Loss of Librarians Devastating to Science and Knowledge in Canada - Erika Thorkelson

Loss of Librarians Devastating to Science and Knowledge in Canada - Erika Thorkelson | The Information Professional |

"It has been a difficult few years for the curators of knowledge in Canada. While the scientific community is still reeling from the loss of seven of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans' eleven libraries, news has broken that scientists with Health Canada were left scrambling for resources after the outsourcing and then closure of their main library.

In January CBC news uncovered a report from a consultant hired by the federal government cataloguing mistakes in the government’s handling of the closure. "Staff requests have dropped 90 per cent over in-house service levels prior to the outsource. This statistic has been heralded as a cost savings by senior HC [Health Canada] management," the report said.

"However, HC scientists have repeatedly said during the interview process that the decrease is because the information has become inaccessible — either it cannot arrive in due time, or it is unaffordable due to the fee structure in place."

Karen du Toit's insight:

Horrified to hear about the situation!

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