Curation, Social Business and Beyond
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Covering the ongoing evolution of curation & beyond; the impact & innovation
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Content Curation: From Information To Knowledge [Video]

Robin Good: Start this video clip at 1':42" (up to 3':30") and you can get a pretty good idea of what a content curator does and why what he does has so much to do with sense-making, making things understandable for others and ultimately extracting contextualized "meaning" from information "as is".


Must-see. Excellent. 9/10 -



P.S.: Thanks to Howard Rheingold for spotting this clip and sharing it.


Original clip:



Via Robin Good, Dean Meyers
Robin Good's comment, July 23, 2012 1:15 AM
Thank you Beth.
janlgordon's comment, July 24, 2012 11:22 AM
Thank you Robin Good and Howard Rhinegold for bringing this to my attention, it's excellent!
Anne-Solène Loiseau's curator insight, October 30, 2016 2:45 PM
Excellente vidéo sur le concept mapping avec un exemple sur le cheminement de l'information à l'action (début à 1'42). Merci à Robin Good et Howard Rheingold pour le partage.
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Curation Connects People to Knowledge - What You Need To Know

Curation Connects People to Knowledge - What You Need To Know | Curation, Social Business and Beyond |

This is a great piece by Brittany Fitzpatrick on her blog Brit Fitzpatrick along with a short video by Jay Rosen Professor at NYU -

The overall message is to do it with care and integrity - Content curation creates a web of connections -  It connects people and knowledge and people to people


****“Curation is like a prism, a lens through which one sees the world.
If the lens is too narrow or is focused in the wrong direction you can be blindsided, like a safari-goer admiring zebras through binoculars, who missed the rhino charging at them from the other side.”

Here are a few things that caught my attention:

There are several commonalities between the traditional practice of curation and its new form:

Selecting of the best representatives

**Just as there are a number of artifacts that can be included in any given collection, there is an abundance of content available of the web.


**This term refers to the practice of determing how much content is enough to accurately reflect the topic- 10 links? 20 links? 100 links?

Providing context

**Why is this content significant? Where is it from? Etc.

Arranging individual objects

**Which content should I look at first?

**What arrangement is going to help me walk away with the best experience possible from viewing your content?

Organization of the whole

****Successful curators know how to organize massive quantities of content without overwhelming the viewer.

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How the Science of Attention is Changing Work and Education

How the Science of Attention is Changing Work and Education | Curation, Social Business and Beyond |

Fascinating review by Maria Popova, from Brainpickings on Cathy Davidson's, (Founder of Duke University’s Center for Cognitive Neuroscience) new book "Now You See It".




How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Learn — a fascinating meditation on how “attention blindness,” the peculiar phenomenon illustrated by Harvard’s famous invisible gorilla experiment, has produced one of our culture’s greatest disconnects, the inability to reconcile the remarkable changes induced by the digital age with the conventions of yesteryear’s schools and workplaces.


 "As long as we focus on the object we know, we will miss the new one we need to see. The process of unlearning in order to relearn demands a new concept of knowledge not as thing but as a process, not as a noun but as a verb.” ~ Cathy Davidson


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The Power of Information

The Power of Information | Curation, Social Business and Beyond |
Great insights, food for thought for you to ponder written by Jeff Bullas

What have we accomplished these last 40 years. What does the power of information do for us? Is the Internet Man's greatest achievement? So what do we need to learn?

Here's a paragraph that caught my attention, Jeff writes:

You Don’t Know What you Don’t Know

I’m pretty good with information. I’ve been on the Internet since 1990 or so, back when I logged into a server at UC Berkeley and ran programs like Pine, Tin and Gopher. I know my Boolean operators and the strengths and weaknesses of various search engines, so I can find stuff readily.

Information is Changing Our World

I think it’s incredible how freely flowing information is changing our world. How much people share, how much people contribute. It’s like we’re all in on this big project called ‘growing the Internet’ and we are committed soldiers each doing our little part. The only problem with this fantastic information revolution is that it has done away with arguing about random facts, a fun past-time in those days before the Internet. Now somebody always has a phone, a magic device that fits in the palm of a hand and allows access to much of the information in our world. For free. Relatively few controls thanks to the efforts of the ever vigilant Electronic Frontier Foundation, and other pioneers who remember that time before the Internet, and don’t take it for granted. Truly incredible.
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Content Curation: Why Detecting Emerging Patterns Is Crucial?

Content Curation: Why Detecting Emerging Patterns Is Crucial? | Curation, Social Business and Beyond |

Romain Goday, wrote this piece for Darwin Ecosystems I've had some great discussions with Romain and he truly understands what it takes to be a relevant curator.

He lists the top reasons why content curators need to pay attention to them.

We all know the service Content Curators provide in cutting through the noise on the Web, and new tools that are coming out will enable more and more people to become curators.

This is what caught my attention:

** Successful Curators will need the tools that enable them to latch onto new trends in their area of expertise. 

Those who are able to discern patterns and report on them in a timely manner will

***Link together pieces of the information puzzle so that others may see what had previously been missed

***Provide insights on the significance of events

***Demonstrate how those events evolve

***The emergence of patterns is a sign that something is happening

***The ability to understand and Curate new patterns and generate buzz around them, is what stands Expert Curators above the growing crowd

Romain's own takeaway is that Patterns should be the starting point for Curation.

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Why Browsing Is So Important to Content Discovery

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Browsing is a crucial component of information discovery. However, the practice is not well-supported by the search-based or social methods of information discovery that dominate the web today.


Here's what caught my attention:


From Search to Social


The emergent discovery model today is social media. The explosion of social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and Google+ allows users to share information on a peer-to-peer basis. This form of distribution hinges on human recommendation rather than mysterious and sometimes problematic algorithmic search rankings.


In the social model, you encounter my overwhelmingly unorganized bookshelf, but I reply with a suggestion. This saves you the time and work of searching. My selection probably satisfies you, particularly because, in this instance, it was made for you as an individual, rather than for a wider social network audience. However, it also limits your knowledge of what my collection could potentially offer.



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Content Curation - How To Hack Knowledge Through Online Resources

Content Curation - How To Hack Knowledge Through Online Resources | Curation, Social Business and Beyond |
I thought this was a good post for curators to find information about their topics.

A Guest Post by Lior Levin for Liz Strauss's blog , find Liz at

The aim of going to college is to learn new things to further your education. Whichever class you take, it is supposed to help you to get further towards the career that you choose.
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