"In an age of information overload, information discovery — the service of bringing to the public’s attention that which is interesting, meaningful, important, and otherwise worthy of our time and thought — is a form of creative and intellectual labor, and one of increasing importance and urgency. A form of authorship, if you will. Yet we don’t have a standardized system for honoring discovery the way we honor other forms of authorship ..."
In this article, Maria Popova, "one of the web's foremost experts on the art of curation," is launching The Curator's Code, a system to "honor and standardize the attribution of discovery across the web." Here she offers both a code of ethics and a common standard for borrowing and sharing.
Other related articles on the Curator's Code: http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/03/the-curators-guide-to-the-galaxy/254294/