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Twitter's big problem: It still needs better filters.

Twitter's big problem: It still needs better filters. | Curation & The Future of Publishing | Scoop.it

Mathew Ingram is having a skeptical look at the new Discover tab Twitter introduced in the past few days.


He feels the company didn't yet crack it in spite of its recent acquisition of startups like Summify.


As he points out "Curation and filtering are the holy grail for media". 


But the problem I see is that Twitter's fundamentally based on a people-centric model which makes it hard for interest-based filters to be put in place. 


His example of the Mexican food article shared by a NYT reporter is a good one: the Interest Graph can NOT be captured by people to people relationship. We need to filter by topic.

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Ann Blair on The History of Information

Ann Blair on The History of Information | Curation & The Future of Publishing | Scoop.it
The history professor and author of Too Much to Know tells us what researchers have been discovering about how earlier human societies collected, organised and used information...


Amazing read and historical perspective about transmission. Knowledge and information are actually very different concept :


"This book doesn’t actually focus on the term information but it talks about the institutions that made knowledge possible. Its first volume runs “From Gutenberg to Diderot" – in other words, mid-15th to mid-18th century. A second volume stretches “From the Encyclopédie to Wikipedia”, from the mid-18th century to the 21st century.

Peter Burke is a great cultural historian who has worked on many different aspects of the transmission of knowledge – including, for example, how historians worked, or how ideas about good behaviour at court were transmitted. In this synthetic pair of books he explores the question: What were the institutions that were collecting, classifying, sorting and disseminating information?"


In our world now where information is everywhere, how you make sure that knowledge is still accessible ?

Curation is now not only a great means to express yourself but also an obvious path to become a gatekeeper and a qualitative filter.


This article gives an awesome perspective on an universal and eternal inspiring mission : transmission.


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How to do Content Marketing “Without” Content – Be a Curator!

How to do Content Marketing “Without” Content – Be a Curator! | Curation & The Future of Publishing | Scoop.it

"Fact #1: You don't need to be a content producer to market with content. Fact #2: Not all curators work in museums and have elbow patches."

Interesting analysis on the role curation can play in a content marketing strategy, coming from... a content creator.

Sharon Hurley Hall is a professional copywriter & blogger who wrote this as a guest post on Unbounce's blog (and you can find her on Scoop.it here). While she makes a living creating content, she rightly shows how curation makes sense in a Marketing Strategy (which to me doesn't mean creation doesn't or that the two should be opposed when they actually complete one another as - I think - we both agreed in the comments).

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Sharon Hurley Hall's comment, April 19, 2012 12:16 PM
Definitely complementary strategies, Gerrit. :)
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Teaching Students to Become Curators of Ideas: The Curation Project

Teaching Students to Become Curators of Ideas: The Curation Project | Curation & The Future of Publishing | Scoop.it

"Over the last couple of years, I’ve come to think of my role as a teacher as that of a curator of ideas" says Corinne Weisgerber who teaches Social Media and Communication at St Edwards Unniversity in Austin, TX (if you haven't yet, check out her great prez here).


As she explained in this post, the Curation Project was about getting her students "to set up a network of online mentors using social media tools" and "to identify experts in their field and connect with them in order to build a personal learning network (PLN)." 


The idea behing the PNL is to help them discover valuable information through social search that they wouldn't have discovered otherwise.


Interesting project and read.


And great work by the students who used various curation platforms for the project, including Storify and Scoop.it (links in the post)

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Ileane Smith's comment, April 17, 2012 8:56 AM
I love this presentation and I'm going to take a look at what the students are doing on Scoop.it.
Guillaume Decugis's comment, April 17, 2012 3:29 PM
Glas you like it Ileane. And yes, they've done impressive work: check it out!
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IBM: Communication and Curation go hand in hand

IBM: Communication and Curation go hand in hand | Curation & The Future of Publishing | Scoop.it

A must read from Steve Rosenbaum.


We know the amazing contribution of Steve on this topic (we had the chance to interview Steve at SxSW this year). He explains here very clearly why curation creates value for a corporate organization such as IBM, not only for its customers, but internally.


"Within the world of corporate communication, there are two schools of thought on this. There are those that say – Clamp Down. No tweeting without authorization. No posts, no photos. No messaging outside of approved channels. And then there are the thinkers who are looking to turn this big noisy mess into value for their brands and corporate parents."

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How We Will Read: Clay Shirky

How We Will Read: Clay Shirky | Curation & The Future of Publishing | Scoop.it

"Publishing is not evolving. Publishing is going away. Because the word “publishing” means a cadre of professionals who are taking on the incredible difficulty and complexity and expense of making something public. That’s not a job anymore. That’s a button. There’s a button that says “publish,” and when you press it, it’s done...

The question isn’t what happens to publishing — the entire category has been evacuated. The question is, what are the parent professions needed around writing? Publishing isn’t one of them. Editing, we need, desperately."


Clay Shirky already expressed interesting views on curation and the filter need. T

his blog post is about the evolution of reading. Of course, how we read on the web, now that everyone can be a publisher change the area but not the mission. 

Clay Shirky explores also the notion of "social reading", where human curation has also akey role to play:

"Social reading introduces the idea of text as a usable object. The idea that I’d read it and then do something about it"


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Intel's multi-million dollar "Creators Project' - can great curation build brands?

Intel's multi-million dollar "Creators Project' - can great curation build brands? | Curation & The Future of Publishing | Scoop.it

"Intel is funding a global events and artist showcase: The Creators Project. Can avant-garde artists help it it sell more microprocessors?"


Tom Foremski - who's been watching curation as a trend for quite some time and who also started the SF Curators salon, a group where we contribute - reports on an interesting initiative by Intel to use curation to support its brand. Interesting read.

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StartupLive | Scoopit Co-Founder Guillaume Decugis talks curation and it's benefits at SxSWi

StartupLive | Scoopit Co-Founder Guillaume Decugis talks curation and it's benefits at SxSWi | Curation & The Future of Publishing | Scoop.it

Arabella Santiago is the founder of Startup Live and the Executive Director of the TechWeek conference in Chicago where I'm speaking in a few months. We had a discussion on the role of curation as an expression form in Austin at SxSWi a few weeks ago and we also touched upon the topic of the coming TechWeek session which is about the trend of remixing content to create something new: "No one wants to be duplicating content, but if you quote content and you put content in context then you can create something which has higher value than the original.


It's something we have gotten used to in Music with DJ's and rappers sampling and remixing songs but that the Web makes possible for everyone to do with any form of content. Having been a music entrepreneur before, I like this analogy and I think it shows quite well how a whole creativity potential can be unleashed by new tools and platforms.

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Maria Popova's Beautiful Mind

Maria Popova's Beautiful Mind | Curation & The Future of Publishing | Scoop.it

"The creator of Brain Pickings on how to think outside the corporate box."


An interview with Maria Popova : fascinating to see how her routine works for her. Unsurprisingly, it involves a huge amount of reading.


It's also interesting to see the criteria she uses for what she'll just tweet vs what she'll pick up for her blog.

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Is Curation the missing stack of the News-as-Data-Platform Model? (Vote)

Is Curation the missing stack of the News-as-Data-Platform Model? (Vote) | Curation & The Future of Publishing | Scoop.it

We've suggested this topic for a panel or a talk at the next Online News Association conference. 


As we see the Publishing and Tech worlds overlap more and more, an interesting way to look at the future of Media is to take an engineering angle. You'll find a summary below and by clicking to the Reddit page of the ONA, you'll be able to vote and comment.


"The Web has killed the integrated newspaper model where the same company did everything from writing to publishing and from editing to distribution. To survive in the open internet, media companies need to become platforms that interoperate with others, forming what engineers call stacks when they build something on top of another. One of the stacks that seems obvious in that model is the sharing stack, whether you call it Facebook or Twitter. With the exploding growth of platforms like Tumblr or Pinterest, we're also discovering the importance of a new layer: the curation stack, which as it democratizes, can make everyone a publisher. Are journalists, the historical news curators, ready to embrace that change?"

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Re-envisioning Modern Pedagogy: Educators as Curators

Re-envisioning Modern Pedagogy: Educators as Curators | Curation & The Future of Publishing | Scoop.it

Corinne Weisgerber (an Associate Prof. of Communication at St. Edward's University that we were lucky to interview recently) gave this presentation at SXSWedu on March 6, 2012. It's of course targetting educators - natural-born curators. But a lot of what's in that presentation is generic enough so it's interesting to read.


Corinne comes back on 8 steps that she defined as essential for curators and describes how they intereact together to form a complete cycle.


It's also interesting to note how good a fit there is betwwen curation and education; something we've felt for quite some time at Scoop.it by seeing a lot of educators using the platform.

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Debbie Morrison's comment, March 17, 2012 11:37 AM
Inspirational! Loved this post! Corinne's presentation describes what online education is all about! Thanks JennyP for sharing!
Jenny Pesina's comment, March 19, 2012 12:08 AM
So pleased you like this post, Debbie - same here!
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I’m not a “curator” – Marco Arment on linking and the curator code

I’m not a “curator” – Marco Arment on linking and the curator code | Curation & The Future of Publishing | Scoop.it

I've just published Matt Langer's rant agains the curator code which opens up interesting questions but this is another must-read on the whole curator code debate; this time by Instapaper founder Marco Arment - someone I've read many interesting pieces from and who's been an amazing entrepreneur building a great App in the new Content space.


Marco says the curator code is tackling the wrong problem when it comes to curation, link sharing or whatever you want to call it.


By the way, we're still investigating what the Curators Code means for Scoop.it users and how to deal with it. So please send us feedback if you have ideas on it.


On the previous posts, I've listed some of the questions that we have but let me repost them here too: "Is the curator code redundant with the Web's fundamentals such as the hyperlink? Does it add complexity for readers? Will it make sense if only a minority use it?"


The other observation I'm starting to make is that this makes 2 posts by smart people that I would consider curators (at least part of their time) and that have reacted to Maria's initiative by saying they didn't want to be called a curator because of that. So another question is "will the curator code bring standardization or will it devide people who are great at discovering and sharing content?".


Love to hear your thoughts!

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Wanna be a Super Hero? Be a curator ! Steve Rosenbaum's favorite trend at SxSWi 2012

If you've followed curation as a trend, you've heard of Steve Rosenbaum. His book Curation Nation was instrumental last year in making curation and curators emerge as a trend and as an important group.


As Steve puts it, curators are the Web's super heroes.


But as Steve says, it's just starting and this is juts the beginning. And from what we can see in Austin this year, he's darn right!


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Steves point about curating the noise out there and streamiling content is the wave of the future. Steve does a great job explaining the importance of content curation. Great piece and great examples. Have a look.

Eric Moran's curator insight, January 10, 2013 2:31 PM

Steves point about curating the noise out there and streamiling content is the wave of the future. Steve does a great job explaining the importance of content curation. Great piece and great examples. Have a look.

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Dave Pell : the human curator whose newsletter fights tweet overload

Dave Pell : the human curator whose newsletter fights tweet overload | Curation & The Future of Publishing | Scoop.it
"Dave Pell writes what is perhaps the world’s best email newsletter" writes Hamish McKenzie on Pandodaily.

Interesting story that shows the power a human curator can have in the age of Twitter and technology domination. The interview is a must read as he goes on to describe his role.

He concludes: "So we’re in this weird cycle now where we’re being overwhelmed by technology and we’re looking for a technological solution to that. Ultimately the solution for managing technology is going to be human. I don’t think technology can solve its own downside itself."

Humans are back, aren't they?
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Six degrees of aggregation

Six degrees of aggregation | Curation & The Future of Publishing | Scoop.it
"How The Huffington Post ate the Internet..."

This is a long read but a worthy one: one that mixes entrepreneurship, publishing and the story of the Web itself.

It's fascinating to see that the starting point for what became a controversial success but an undisputed revolution for publishing is the social web. Michael Shapiro does a great job at explaining how the HuffPost started from a network problem: how to connect people with stories.

A problem that curators all feel sympathetic with.
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Content Curators Are The New Superheros Of The Web

Content Curators Are The New Superheros Of The Web | Curation & The Future of Publishing | Scoop.it

"Yesterday, 250 million photos were uploaded to Facebook, 864,000 hours of video were uploaded to YouTube, and 294 billion emails were sent. No wonder content curation is one of the most important jobs of our digital age.

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Which means it's time to enlist the web's secret power: humans."


I just love the way Steve Rosenbaum talks about curators, don't you?


He coined the term when we interviewed him at SxSWi and Steve definitely knows what he's talking about, being the author of Curation Nation.


He gives interesting guidelines to all would-be curators in this post: even if you're already one, you might find them useful. And if you're not a curator yet: "All you need is a web browser and a cape. The rest is up to you."

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Death To The Gatekeepers: Bezos Talks Innovation In The Publishing Space

Death To The Gatekeepers: Bezos Talks Innovation In The Publishing Space | Curation & The Future of Publishing | Scoop.it
Per TechCrunch's John Biggs, "The heart of Jeff Bezos' mission has always to circumvent the traditional "gatekeepers" of commerce. He started with books, an industry ripe for disruption, and moved onto, well, everything else. At this point, his vision has come true."

As Bezos wrote to his shareholders: "I am emphasizing the self-service nature of these platforms because it’s important for a reason I think is somewhat non-obvious: even well-meaning gatekeepers slow innovation. When a platform is self-service, even the improbable ideas can get tried, because there’s no expert gatekeeper ready to say “that will never work!” And guess what – many of those improbable ideas do work, and society is the beneficiary of that diversity."

Interesting perspective that reflect my own previous experience in the music industry. Musiwave, my previous startup, built a great digital music mobile business working hand in hand with major labels and mobile operators. Starting right after the 2000 bubble explosion and after the Napster years, we took the legal way, signing deals for every innovation we had in mind to bring music to mobile. That worked to some extent and the company did well (it's now part of Microsoft) but I can't count the occasions I've been frustrated by the time we lost at launching a new product because we had to convince our gatekeepers - back then record labels and mobile operators - it was worth doing. So yes, innovation and gatekeepers rarely match.
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When Losers Write History - Reason Magazine

When Losers Write History - Reason Magazine | Curation & The Future of Publishing | Scoop.it
"Why legacy-newspaper media reporters get their own industry so wrong"

Interesting (but long) piece on why journalists shouldn't be trusted to report on the decline of print media.
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The Verge interview: David Carr on curation, crowdsourcing, and the future of journalism

The Verge interview: David Carr on curation, crowdsourcing, and the future of journalism | Curation & The Future of Publishing | Scoop.it

This is a great interview of David Carr, the well-known columnist at the New York Times where he publishes "The Media Equation" on the future of Media and Journalism. It was suggested to me by Serge van Oudenhove: thanks!


Carr was a speaker at a recent SxSWi pannel named the Curators and the Curated and he comes back in this interview on his "yes, but" about curation: yes, he believes content curators have an important role to play, quoting Maria Popova who was at that same pannel, but also pointing out the importance of attribution and credits, a "form of compensation" in the sometimes too free-for-all Web.


But his interview takes a step back looking at the future of publishing, including the business model challenges in the digital age.


He gives interesting persepctives making it a great read.

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Is the Internet Becoming the Bot Net?

Is the Internet Becoming the Bot Net? | Curation & The Future of Publishing | Scoop.it

"On the Internet, we’ve reached a tipping point where more than 50% of all Internet traffic is no longer generated by humans – instead, it's generated by a motley mix of search engine spiders, bots, scrapers, scammers, hackers and, yes, spies. We are no longer talking about the Internet, we are talking about the Bot Net – a “bot-mediated reality” where algorithms and bots influence where we go, how long we spend there and with whom we communicate."

 

This great pick by Sakis Koukouvis goes on to list impressive facts on how the Internet is being controlled by robots. 

 

Time to put Human Curation back into the game?


Via Sakis Koukouvis
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Why it's wrong to call copyright infringement "theft"

Why it's wrong to call copyright infringement "theft" | Curation & The Future of Publishing | Scoop.it
"We've gotten used to the content industries arguing that what happens when people download or make copies is "theft." "

But as Mathew Ingram explains on GivaOm, when A downloads illegally B's content, B only lost a potential sale; nothing real yet.

Interesting to read to understand what's at stake with copyright law.
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Artist transforms books into landscapes : Could you know more about the world by knowing less ?

I just love the metaphor... and the vision of the artist. There is too much information everywhere and we get lost.


Guy LAramee wants to sacrify books to remind us true knowledge is sacred


I think this artistic performance is about curation.  And it's a wonderful path to question the crazy amount of data we receive every day. And the new gatekeepers needed to make it intelligible.

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If you have news, it will be aggregated and/or curated

If you have news, it will be aggregated and/or curated | Curation & The Future of Publishing | Scoop.it

"One thing that becomes clear from the latest Pew report on the state of media is just how big a role aggregators -- both human and machine-powered -- are playing in news consumption." comments Mathew Ingram on GigaOm.


He goes on to analyze what this means for the business models of media outlets that weren't built around the assumption that as high as 30% of their trafic would come from news agregators or human curators.


I'd love the study to make a better difference between news readers such as Flipboard or Zite, agregation sites such as the Huffington Post and the work of human curators on platform such as Scoop.it. But it's great to have a measure of the huge impact curation already has.


NB: the whole report is available here.

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LinkedIn Industry Trends: Winners and Losers During the Great Recession

LinkedIn Industry Trends: Winners and Losers During the Great Recession | Curation & The Future of Publishing | Scoop.it

What I find very interesting in this graph is this phenomenom :


The fastest-growing industries include renewables (+49.2%), internet (+24.6%), online publishing (+24.3%), and e-learning (+15.9%). Fastest-shrinking industries were newspapers (-28.4%), retail (-15.5%), building materials (-14.2%), and automotive (-12.8%)


Newspapers are struggling but online publishing is booming. A whole area is shifting and as usual in this time of big transition, the ones that understand the opportunity and embrace with passion the change will be the winner.


Who wants to be a publisher and particpate to one of the most interesting innovation in the information industry? 


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Stop Calling it Curation

Stop Calling it Curation | Curation & The Future of Publishing | Scoop.it

"Imagine, if you will, a world in which Richard Seaver or Robert Gottlieb had stomped their feet and huffed and puffed every time John Leonard forgot to give them their proper “↬”. Or rather, as I joked on Twitter over the weekend about the new “Curator’s Code,” if Goethe had lived long enough to chide Mann for writing about Faust and giving a “ᔥ” to Marlowe but forgetting to give a “↬” to Goethe."


This rant by Matt Langer is very interesting to read. Whether you agree with him or not.


Maria Popova introduced the Curator Code last week, right before SxSWi where she participated in a very exciting panel. While some have immediately felt it was a great idea, it's interesting to look at the reactions of others.


Is the curator code redundant with the Web's fundamentals such as the hyperlink? Does it add complexity for readers? Will it make sense if only a minority use it? 


Those are good questions to consider.

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