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Understanding Content Curation – A Refresh

Understanding Content Curation – A Refresh | Curating Learning Resources |
In the summer of 2012, I began an exploration of the concept of Content Curation, and what this meant for teachers and students. Little did I know at the time that my journey would involve curating…about curating.  Given the task of providing professional development for teachers to curate resources for backwards-designed units, I started researching…
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Just launched a new blog with a refresh of my original article on content curation, written 5 years ago. New insight into the elements of personal connection, learning community, and storytelling.
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What Makes A Great Curator Great?

What Makes A Great Curator Great? | Curating Learning Resources |

This piece was brilliantly written by my fellow curator, Robin Good for those of you who haven't read this.

Beth Kanter has added some very valuable insights so I am reposting this. I might also add that Beth Kanter is an example of what Robin refers to as a great curator. When you go to her blog, you will see that she consistently produces value for her readers by following what Robin suggests makes someone great.

I agree with Beth that Giuseppe Mauriello is also a trusted source and provides value for his readers.



Sorry my commentary is so long but this was so thought provoking, I just couldn't help myself:-)

The headline draws you in and the material more than delivers on that promise. What makes a great curator is clearly demonstrated in this piece. Bravo Robin!

I'm not going to repost what Robin has said but add my own comments, just as if I were in a conversation with him.

In Robin's own words - A great curator does the following:

"Optimizes, Edits, Formats, Selects, Excerpts, Writes, Classifies, Links, Personalizes, Vets, Credits, Filters, Taps, Suggests, Searches, Scouts, Hacks Filters and Searches, Is Transparent, Recommends, Crowdsources"

As you read this article, pay attention to how he has done all the above. He creates a standard, he gives you some criteria so you can understand what makes someone great and what makes someone no so great.

****He is responding to an article he read in Forbes about curation which talks about  the importance of keywords.  Robin stresses the importance of "human curation" adding your personal touch and bringing added value to what you're curating and not trying to fit what you're saying into keywords that will draw traffic from the search engines.  

These are my comments..........

**** Curation is new and is evolving.  Water rises to its own level.  The people who know why they're curating, who their audience is, how they consume information and what they need, and then act on this, will become great trusted sources.

Some people just want information. Others want to engage by adding comments or another layer of context. There's a rhythm to this and it takes time to find the right balance.

I think a great curator is a good listener and a keen observer who selects content that "speaks to the audience's listening".  Paying attention to this and fine tuning your approach takes a lot of work but it's worth it. I'm inserting a direct quote from Robin:

"One point: I believe that curators, as I see them, should rarely if ever be driven by analytics data or statistics but to their personal experience and viewpoint. Their goal is not in fact to go after the broadest and most numerous audience but have the humbleness and vision to serve a very specific need and tribe."

If you're passionate and knowledgable about the topic you're curating, and you are committed to serving your readers, you will be great.

In business you have to have a unique sales proposition. Adding context to what you curate will set you apart from others and make you great. This is your place to contribute something new, perhaps you disagree with what was said and you bring a new perspective. Anything you can do to expand the piece and add dimension to it is valuable to others.

Robin produced this video in 2009 with Gerd Leonhard, a highly respected media futurist. It is excellent. The title speaks for itself: "The Relevance Of Context In Content Curation"

There is also another piece "Context Not Content is King" by Arnold Waldstein I posted this some time ago. It is very relevant today and hopefully sheds more light on what will set you apart from people who are just aggregating links.

Last but not least......


Robin also has a view point and invites us into a conversation when he discusses the scoring system which you will see when you read the article. It makes me want to  respond, it's a two way dialogue between him and me, he's not just talking at me by reposting content without adding anything else.

I happen to agree with him about this but that's a whole other discussion.

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This is only a taster.  To see the full article by a true master-curator at the top of his game, click here

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Oh my - all of my favorite  thought leaders on curation in one spot! This immediately caught my eye and introduced a new way for me to look at curation- as a way to "find your tribe."
Beth Kanter's comment, November 6, 2011 11:16 AM
Robin: Your point about using metrics and data .. I think what you are saying is that we should be "data-informed" - not data driven. That we don't just look at data to make decisions- but we bring our whole wisdom and knowledge and point of view to it ..
Robin Good's comment, November 6, 2011 11:44 AM
Exactly Beth!

I couldn't have said better. Thanks for clarifying this further.
Duncan Cole's curator insight, March 11, 2017 2:59 PM
If you are looking for some good advice and insight into how to develop into a great content curator, this is a great article from a few years ago from Robin Good. The additional insight from other curators adds another dimension, and I would suggest looking at this in some detail. It is clearly more effort to curate well, but then high quality work usually does.
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Curation is sharing with discernment

Curation is sharing with discernment | Curating Learning Resources |


One of the important elements of the tripartite model of content curation is sharing. It assumes the value which is determined by the purpose and the objectives set by the topic curator(s). Sharing may, for example, follow a marketing strategy or may be moved by the spontaneity of the curator (or the user/follower). With regard to Personal Knowledge Management (PKM), Harold Jarche highlights a significant aspect to guide sharing: discernment, i.e., when sharing you must be aware of the following aspects: when, with whom and how. Sharing can be done openly, through a blog, or it can be targeted to a particular community or network. Like PKM, when you are curating, a discerning sharing also contributes to build trust. If a curator sets himself as a reliable node for a community or network, his intervention will have a greater value and impact.


Image credit:Harold Jarche

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Terry Elliott's comment, October 5, 2012 11:32 AM
I really am drawn by the graphic and the abstraction, discernment, is full of resonants, aftertones, undertones, and tones yet to be heard but imminent. Discernment changes daily. I think this is a reminder that we need to approach curation with a 'prayer' of focus. For example, in curation-ed I need to invoke a hope to find words, minds, and text that will help us all seek/filter/create sense/discern/and share.