I re-scooped this from Giuseppe Mauriello as I felt the somehow inconclusive conclusion was very close to what I personally felt: yes, curation is changing and digital curation will not be the same as it used to be pre-digital.
Bottom line is we need to be prepared to live with softer boundaries than before of what is good and what isn't.
I've had interesting discussions on this before and I've heard several say they felt the need for new gatekeepers to be established or recognized. It's the curating the curators debate. While there are certainly opportunities to shine and be recognized as thought leaders and master curators, I don't think the digital revolution means we're going to replace old gatekeepers by new ones. It is much more that there won't be any more gates, ergo no gatekeepers at all. We'll all have to learn and educate at the same time on what makes good from bad curation. And when it comes to deciging who's to trust and who isn't, the jury will be always on. Just like we now are.
(David Weinberger is a fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society)
Journalism and publishing kept being reshaped in 2011. Here's an interesting recap by Meghan Peters on Mashable of the major changes that occurred this ending year. Will Curation be the major one for 2012?
Vadim is the Journalist Program Manager at Facebook and he makes interesting points among
which I'd emphasize a couple:
1. Role of journalists will evolve towards fact checking and curation: rather than originate stories, they can now tap in social media powered citizen journalists and become effective curators. Something Andy Carvin at NPR pioneered brilliantly.
2. Curation mindset itself has to evolve and a stronger emphasis needs to be put on distribution and post-production. How stories will look, live and be evolves after they are publish is important.
"These are the current feelings I have about technology: I don’t want to be connected all the time anymore. I want an information diet. I want real experiences instead of online ones. I think most websites suck, most iPhone apps are great (beautiful, minimal, fast, to the point). There is too much noise on the internet. People are taking breaks from technology. It’s becoming harder to focus for a long time, but I really want that."
What if curation wasn't only a great way to enjoy a "better" web, but just a better life? this is not a trend, it's probably a human necessity. Focus on what you love and share it. The most inspiring persons are the passionate ones. Learn from them, be one of the them. Here and beyond, that's what I'm looking for.
This is kind of old but I rediscovered it recently on Quora and I felt it was an interesting opportunity to review what's been accomplished in 2011 in that respect.
Seb Paquet is an interesting contributor to Social Media and a professor at the University of Quebec in Montreal.
I think 2011 has been a great year for curation : lots of new developments, great improvements on existing platform and raising awareness. It's interesting to look back at questions like these and measure the progress we're making both as platform developers and as members of a community with a particular interest on that subject.
These are the points he mentioned where I felt we made the most progress in 2011:
"enable value-adding curators to get more tangible benefits from their activity "
(As Seb pointed out, reputation and feedback are strong motivation drive here and there's been more and more presentationsand thought leaders articulating clearly what's in it for curators whether at the professional or the personnal level).
"semi-automate low-grade curation so people are liberated to tackle the more challenging and valuable stuff"
(The Scoop.it Suggestion engine or its quick-and-easy formating features are a good example; meaning users can focus more time on the valuable contextualization or can be more efficient sourcing content)
"connect curators to share practices and elevate curation from craft to art"
"create communities through curation"
(We've always felt tools were not the point: it's about enabling communities of curators to emerge and connect on similar interests and we see that happening and growing fast on Scoop.it - just to quote what we can comment on).
"augment the reader's experience with curated content"
(Readers have proliferated like crazy on various platforms, including of course the iPad which paved the way for Flipboard's success).
Let me be clear: I don't think everything has been done yet on these points but I can see new things happening that didn't happen last year.
Looking back on what still needs answers, I feel these ones are the most urgent to address:
"accelerate Social Discovery of high-quality curators"
"augment the content producer's experience (Obtaining a clear picture of how their output is being filtered and categorized)"
"enable cooperative and collaborative curation"
Do you feel the same on what was achieved in 2011? Do you see other issues needing to be addressed?
As Michael Schechter warns at the beginning of this post in response to (Randy Murray's), this is mostly a semantic debate. Both are actually finding value in publishing by sharing links and commenting them.The word curation is actually interesting from a linguistic point of view as it comes from Latin and derives from the act of "taking good care of" or healing. So it's a very positive one and also an expression that fits well with how content curators value and love content. But the mere fact the debate moves to the semantic field is interesting as it highlights the fact there are not much argument against the activity of publishing-by-curation (or whatever you call it) itself.
This a great blog post from Rian van der Merwe , describing the noise you can find on the web now, and especially content just created for SEO purposes or advertisers. As many, Rian is tired of it.
"I used to believe that if you write with passion and clarity about a topic you know well (or want to know more about), you will find and build an audience. I believed that maybe, if you’re smart about it, you could find a way for some part of that audience to pay you money to sustain whatever obsession drove you to self-publishing"
The Scoop.it team can't agree more with this vision...
This presentation by Corinne Weisgerber touches in a very clear format on what separates aggregation than curation. And which, in my opinion, can be summarized by the human touch. While aggregation can be automated, curation is essentially the expression act of a human being.
It completes nicely what Robin Good also expressed previously on this topic on his blog to specify what good curators did. And which I published here under the "Curating the Curators" title.
For us at Scoop.it, we take the democratization of curation as an opportunity: can anybody be a curator? We say yes. Provided a good platform is here to help and make these guidelines for good curation not only easy but obvious.
Ever since social curation became a hot trend and platforms like Scoop.it started to democratize its usage, a question has been asked: if there are more and more curators, how do you curate the curators?
I believe we're building the answers to that and I like very much the guidelines given in this article by Robin Good - someone to definitely a to be put in the "good" curators group. It is great food for thoughts for the evolution of curation platforms and how to improve concepts we introduced like the Scoop.it Score, the first of its kind and that we started to experiment with a few weeks ago.
The whole debate makes me want to write a follow-up as there would be too much to say as just a comment. But in the meantime I recommend to read these guidelines as they're clearly very good points. Clearly everyone will benefit from levelling up the playing field in social curation and Robin is showing a clear path here.
One comment I'd make is that this post and this debate makes me really happy: a year ago, social curation had to demonstrate its value against algorithmic filtering as this Quora question illustrates. Since then, Panda gave a tough time to filters, which were already losing traction as I pointed out back then on TechCrunch.
Today, the debate has shifted to the next level. It's both fascinating and a great news for social media.
Jeremiah Owyang makes a number of great observations in this post that he interprets as the end of the golden era of tech blogging. I strongly recommend reading it as it's indeed hard not to see a pattern after the sale of TechCrunch, of ReadWriteWeb or the departure of Ben Parr or Marshall Kirckpatrick.
Is this related to Tech only or is it a larger trend? Is blogging itself - and not just tech blogging - coming to an end?I think it's fair to say that a number of these observations are valid for the whole blogosphere: lack of attention span of readers, news and content remixing, fatigue of some personal brands, emergence of new business models, etc...
Blogging will not disappear but new forms of expression are definitely stealing the show from blogging platforms. Curation among them.
Peter Preston could have quoted Eli Pariser in this article as what he describes is in essence the filter bubble.
His point is that print gave us exposure to much more content than what we wanted; and that was good. It helped us discover and not just search. It confronted us to new thoughts and content we appreciated even though we weren't looking for it.
Though I agree with the risks described, Preston seems to think digital is to blame for that and that print is the only alternative. I beg to differ. There are many opportunities for discovery that already exist in the digital space and much more to develop. Social curation, in particular, has a great role to play to break the self-fulfilling prophecies of filtering algorithms.
"...aggregation of the kind the Huffington Post does is the way things work now, and complaining about it (or trying to sue over it, as the Hollywood gossip blogger Nikki Finke did earlier this year) is like complaining that since the car was invented, it has become really hard to find a good buggy whip. Your content will be aggregated, so the challenge , is to add more value than sites like the Huffington Post do. Publishers like the Herald might want to start with links...."
Very interesting blog post from Mathew Ingram, gigaOm's writer. Fighting against aggregation is not only a lost battle but also the wrong one. Aggregation is a natural evolution of the web, where a huge amount of content is produced every day. The next question is how to create more value that just collecting content from others. Curation will never be aggregation: it cannot be automatized and implies an angle, a unique point of view and choice you offer to your audience. There is no curation vs. creation debate. Seeing yourself as a trusty resource to point out the best sources just serves both of them. A curator is by definition someone that respects not only his/her readers but the material/piece he/she works with and give access to. Aggregation comes from the latin word "aggregare", "add". The web is full. We do not need more adding.
Curation comes from "cura", meaning "to care". That will always be necessary.
For a long time, Mobile Internet was a “baby internet” as Steve Jobs called it, the day the iPhone was launched. The first smartphones were not very smart as they didn’t support “real” HTML browsing nor many of the Web technologies that made online experiences rich and useful. Obviously, the iPhone changed that and enabled a lot of these great Web experience to become mobile, on top of enabling the creation of many others. But one area that still struggles with mobile is content publishing. For content format that are by essence “mobile”, no problem: photos, short videos, tweets, position/check-ins, status updates… But so far, this has excluded any publishing activity involving long form / richer content, such as creating a story and updating a blog.
While at LeWeb last week, I was interviewed by Michelle Chmielewski to discuss on curation with Jean-Marie Hulot, Fotopedia's founder, a great iPad App that lets you browse great curated collections of beautiful photos (try it if you haven't yet!).
We tried to come back on the need for curation but also where it's going as a trend and the business models behind it.
As Mathew Ingram introduces: "The principle behind copyright has been taking a beating from "remix culture," driven in large part by YouTube and other video sites."
There are a number of creative activities you can put in that "remix culture" and though curation is not a challenge to current copyright law as it doesn't change the nature of the original content, it is probably part of its broader definition.
What's interesting is that the first challenge to copyright was piracy. But the remix culture has nothing to do with the motivation to get content for free: it is about creating the new from the existing, just like DJ's remix and sample songs to create new pieces.
Interesting to watch how this wave will shape the future of publishing.
"We created this infographic to depict how “full” the internet is. While it’s technically impossible for the web to fill up, it is very clear that web surfers are well past our limits of time and patience it takes to find the best information on the topics that interest us."
Very interesting infographic that explains a real problem: the internet is becoming this infinite source of "information", but when you don't have any filter, it's just become a (stressful) noise. How many times you just have the feeling you can never ever follow "everything" that happens on the web even if you spend hours on it. The web should be this medium that helps us to find faster what we are looking for and not the opposite. Curation is not only a trend, it's just a necessity. We know "how important human curated content has become. Curation is truly a valuable service to web surfers who have neither the time nor the patience to sift through mountains of links and data"
Curation is a means to make the web meaningful again. Publishing your curation work is a great way to control and create a new identified resource of info. Context and Content can't be disconnected anymore.
Lee Odden CEO at Toprankblog interviewed 10 thought leaders on content marketing and curation. The article was published one year ago but is still really relevant, probably even more. I love the approach of Brian Solis who asks the good questions :
"Obviously you (as a company) have something to contribute, something to say, something of value to offer which is mostly likely why you’re in business. I need to hear about that."
Curation offers the opportunity to settle this dialogue between a brand and its users, becoming always more engaging. It's not enough to be here, you have to be here to say. As says Ann Handley, Chief Content Officer at @marketingprofs, "All organizations are now publishers — meaning, the company with the most engaging and interesting content is the one who wins."