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What a Content Curator Needs To Know: How, Tools, Issues and Strategy
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The Key Added Value a Content Curator Can Provide: His Time

The Key Added Value a Content Curator Can Provide: His Time | Content Curation World |

"I still have to do all the searching for new and good content sources and filtering the content I get. Separating the crap from the awesome. All by myself. This is hard work and very time consuming"

Robin Good's insight:

If you are into content curation for the long run, do not make this mistake.

Nuno Figueroa, who shared, in an interesting and informative article on Business2Community, his deep frustration with content curation tools and with the incredible amount of work one has to do to find, vet, add value and share truly valuable content online, wrote

"I still have to do all the searching for new and good content sources and filtering the content I get. Separating the crap from the awesome. All by myself. This is hard work and very time consuming".

But wait a minute! What you describe here is the key, absolute value a curator can provide: his time.

The more we try to bypass this in favour of tools that can automate this time-consuming and difficult work the more we give up the opportunity to truly add unique value to your curated content.

Not to say that a good curator should not have a great toolset to help him out.

But remember: There will never be any tool that can do better search than you (unless you know nothing about what you are curating). No tool that can tell whether an article is a retake of another one or a true original, or that can evaluate the insight and ideas a new perspective from a new author unknown author can bring.

This in my opinion is what a content curator does.

Would a painter or a sculptor want to automate or speed up parts of his artistic creation process?

Unless the artist goal was focused exclusively on quantity and he had no enjoyment in the creation process there would be no need or desire to speed up or automate the creation process as this is what the artist, by definition, has chosen to do.

Similarly the content curator is socially useful and provides value to other people by utilising his many skills and experiences to gather, find, collect, organise, add value and present information artifacts covering a specific topic, interest, issue or event. His realisation is in doing such things not in bypassing or speeding up these steps.

This is one of the consequences of selling content curation as a content marketing "device" that can save time and make you look good.

If you are after *volume* and *eyeballs* you will publish funny cats.

But volume and traffic will not command much more than increasingly slimming advertising budgets. And for how long more?

What we should be all after his instead learning and refining those curatorial skills that can help us provide the only thing our readers care about: having truly trusted guides that provide high-value information services for the specific interests they have.

Yes, a content curator will also use, test and experiment with many different tools to aid its ability to search, find, collect and organise information, but definitely not in order to save time but in order to enhance and expand his abilities to provide greater value through those activities.

What do you think?

Jeff Domansky's comment, August 3, 2016 2:30 AM
Robin, my view is that better tools help us be better curators. Finding higher quality content faster allows more quality time for curators to add more valuable insight. I welcome better time-saving tools. Cheers!
Robin Good's comment, August 3, 2016 5:00 AM
Jeff: Like if we got a better Photoshop we could do better images. The talent is not in the tools, but in our heads. Tools can help, but they can't make you do better work than what you are capable of. Practice is what does it. My two cents.'s comment, May 16, 8:10 PM
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March 24, 2014 2:25 PM!

Algorithms: The Glue Between Content, Data and Insight

Algorithms: The Glue Between Content, Data and Insight | Content Curation World |
Robin Good's insight:

Lutz Finger, reports from SxSW on the topic of algorithms, curation and the future, as the skills of content creators, data analysts and code programmers are seemingly converging for the first time. 

Among others, he reports Steve Rosenbaum (founder of significant own words at SxSW: "...a wise combination of human judgement enabled by algorithms will become the new king of content."

But while there are great new tools, startups and ideas leveraging the great potential of big data and human curation, there is a big, invisible danger, still looming on us.

"The danger is that any algorithm might fall prey to someone trying to influence it.

This might be the ones programming the algorithm or the users. We for instance saw governments trying to skew algorithms by introducing fake online personas (
Learn more about the US government persona-management software).

But the biggest and realest danger lies in us.

If we believe that there is only one truth and that is the one generated by a black-box algorithm we might be deceived easily."

Informative. Resourceful. 7/10

Full article: 

See also:

Image: Bjoern Ognibeni - SxSW

Georges Millet's curator insight, March 25, 2014 4:10 AM

Knowledge & life turning today into a (google) search. Algorithms are key!  

Stephen Dale's curator insight, March 26, 2014 4:35 AM

"We are in the era of the algorithm. They decide what news we will see, they decide which person is important and they will even merge more and more into our non-digital lives.


But the biggest and realest danger lies in us. If we believe that there is only one truth and that is the one generated by a black-box algorithm we might be deceived easily."


A reminder, then, that algorithm's should not take the place of critical thinking.

Mariale Peñalosa Arguijo's curator insight, March 26, 2014 9:44 AM


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March 3, 2014 12:53 PM!

Content Curation Introduction for Digital Archivists and Information Librarians

Content Curation Introduction for Digital Archivists and Information Librarians | Content Curation World |
Robin Good's insight:

Crystal Renfro, a subject and Faculty Engagement Librarian at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia, introduces the relevance of content curation to academic librarians beyond the notions generally prescribed by Digital and Data Curation specialists. 

She highlights content curation importance and reason d'etre by explaining the goal it is trying to achieve (helping us finding what is truly relevant) and providing references both to Beth Kanter and to my own work, to help academics better appreciate the benefits of embracing content curation.

A good introduction to a new way of looking at curation for digital archive specialists and academic information librarians. 

Rightful. Informative. Good introduction. 7/10

Full article: 

Reading time: 4'

Crystal Renfro's curator insight, March 4, 2014 7:08 AM

I really appreciate Robin Good's comments on my article from  He says:


"Robin Good's insight:


Crystal Renfro, a subject and Faculty Engagement Librarian at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia, introduces the relevance of content curation to academic librarians beyond the notions generally prescribed by Digital and Data Curation specialists. 

She highlights content curation importance and reason d'etre by explaining the goal it is trying to achieve (helping us finding what is truly relevant) and providing references both to Beth Kanter and to my own work, to help academics better appreciate the benefits of embracing content curation.


A good introduction to a new way of looking at curation for digital archive specialists and academic information librarians. 


Rightful. Informative. Good introduction. 7/10"

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January 21, 2014 1:11 PM!

Content Curation Tools Buyer's Guide: 21 Criteria To Identify Your Ideal One

Content Curation Tools Buyer's Guide: 21 Criteria To Identify Your Ideal One | Content Curation World |
Nonetheless we are just at the beginning of a new era, in which content curation will be as important as search, there is already an apparent abundance of content curation tools of all kinds.
Robin Good's insight:

Evaluating which content curation tool to use may not be such an easy task. As you probably know there are literally hundreds of content curation tools out there, and many seem to be just clones of each other, leaving the novice curator in doubt as to what are the real differences between each one.

A good starting point to select anything is to know well what you are looking for and what you need it for, as your needs and objectives will shape the features and traits that your ideal tool will need to have.

In this article I have tried to simplify this job for you by listing 21 different things you may need your content curation tool to do, that you can use to check and compare the curation tools you have pre-identified. 

For each selection criteria I have also added a few specific questions that should help you make even more sense of what you need to look for.

Full article: 

See also: Content curation tools supermap

Robin Good's comment, January 21, 2014 1:31 PM
Thank you Gilbert.
Lori Wilk's curator insight, February 2, 2014 10:21 PM

This article details that there are so many aspects of content curation to consider and tools that can make each of these more managable and the process more efficient. 

thirthe's curator insight, March 24, 2014 7:05 AM

vale la pena el esfuerzo.

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January 12, 2014 5:37 PM!

7 Great Examples of Simple But Effective Content Curation Services on the Web

7 Great Examples of Simple But Effective Content Curation Services on the Web | Content Curation World |

"Finding great content isn't getting any easier. Search engines do what they can, but for many of us they're not always adequate."

Robin Good's insight:

Benjamin Yoskovits, author of "Lean Analytics", shares a few great examples of how, simple, but highly focused, content curation services, can indeed provide great value, while helping build great communities.

These include:


  • Product Hunt
  • Happy Inbox
  • AddonList
  • GrowthHackers
  • LaunchThisYear
  • Quibb  
  • USV

Interesting overview and background info on each.

Definitely worth a check. Great resources. 8/10

Full article: 

(Image credit: 5 dice by Shutterstock)

Brian Yanish -'s curator insight, January 12, 2014 6:25 PM

I like this quote from the article

"Curation is about people. It’s about knowing what people want, when they want it, and how they want it. As smart as computers are (and will be), I think we all appreciate the front-and-center engagement of humans with high degrees of expertise in certain subjects, guiding the curation process."

Lori Wilk's curator insight, January 12, 2014 7:28 PM

Content curation will continue to grow and curators will get more help from computers to get the work done.

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December 18, 2013 9:37 AM!

Content Curation for NGOs: Where's The Value?

Robin Good's insight:

If you are a NGO or a non-profit organization, your reference point for anything that relates to effective communication online should be Beth Kanter

In the presentation / discussion she facilitated yesterday in San Francisco she illustrated the why, how and the key benefits that content curation can bring to any organization.

She writes: "Content curation can empower us to learn more and use that knowledge to get deeper impact for our nonprofit’s programs.   

We can no longer afford to get distracted by the volume of information flying past us.

In this article she published before the event, you can find some valuable indications of how true "value" can be added to your content by adopting a "curating" perspective and what are the type of questions you should be considering to evaluate in a critical fashion the content you produce or curate. 

Full article: 


Check also these related resources and links:

Beth Kanter on Twitter: 

Robin Good's comment, December 18, 2013 2:45 PM
Beth, that's wonderful and very useful. Thank you so much for including me in your slideshow, article and presentation, I am very honored by it. Thanks also for sharing this valuable piece of reference and for having shared the collaborative approach you have chosen during the workshop to motivate people to think more and deeper about their own curation. Thank you.
Lori Wilk's curator insight, December 20, 2013 11:15 PM

This is an excellent visual explanation of content curation, the goals, and the content curation process.

Alix Lalire's curator insight, May 5, 2014 6:19 AM

very nice

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December 3, 2013 7:50 AM!

Most Important Thing in Content Curation: Adding Value - Here 14 Ways To Do It

Most Important Thing in Content Curation: Adding Value - Here 14 Ways To Do It | Content Curation World |
Thinking of adding value should be the first stage in curation, PKM, or any professional online sharing.
Robin Good's insight:

If you are curating content, whether for the purpose of personal learning, or for creating a useful public information resource, your very first objective should be how can you add value to the existing information that you are going to work on.

Harold Jarche, does a wonderful job of explaining in simple terms what's the difference between sharing on social media, reposting or making your bookmarks public, versus the actual vetting and selection of each individual content item in light of the context and objective for which it is being curated.

The cherry on the pie from the author is an invaluable synthesis and bringing together of related items from Ross Dawson, Maria Popova and me, that allows you to scan and see at a glance 14 different ways in which you can truly add value to whichever set of information bits you are dealing with.

A great reference for anyone looking to improve the quality and value of its own curated work.

Useful. Inspiring. 8/10

Full article: 

Pierre Clause's curator insight, January 5, 2014 5:07 AM

Adding value can be as small as : what touched me in this article ? what resonates for me ? any sensible way to express your P.O.V. actually !

SyReach's curator insight, July 7, 2014 4:53 AM

SyReach Notes now offers a full coverage of personal KM needs: Seek with integrated watch module and search engines, Sense with note and article edition, linking and knowledge building. Share by email or publish to selected resources linked to your articles!

Joe Matthews's curator insight, September 29, 2014 3:01 PM

Really thought provoking

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October 28, 2013 11:17 AM!

Content Curation: 13 Sense-Making Approaches To Add Value To Information

Content Curation: 13 Sense-Making Approaches To Add Value To Information | Content Curation World |
Robin Good's insight:

According to Harold Jarche, knowledge is an emergent property of all sense-making activities.

Curation and PKM (personal knowledge management) have the same objective: helping oneself and others gain more understanding about whatever we are interested in. The only difference between the two is that curation devotes itself to satisfy the knowledge needs of an audience while the second addresses these at a personal level.

But what are sense-making activites about?

Harold Jarche draws on Ross Dawson's five ways of adding value to information as well as on Nancy Dixon examination Rob Cross and Lee Sproull examination of tacit knowledge sharing practices inside large organizations to identify at least eight individual approaches to sense-making or adding more value to existing information.

These include:

  1. Validating
  2. Synthesizing
  3. Presenting
  4. Customizing

  5.  Answering
  6. Meta-informing
  7. Reformulating
  8. Legitimizing

    to which I would personally add:
  9. Comparing
  10. Finding related items
  11. Illustrating - Visualizing
  12. Evaluating
  13. Crediting and attributing

It is indeed around identifying and becoming aware of these specific aspects of our sense-making activities that we can improve and augment our capability to learn and to effectively curate information for others.

Thoughtful. Inspiring. 8/10

Original post: 

Maria Persson's curator insight, October 30, 2013 6:03 PM

This is definately something that anyone in the coming new century needs to learn how to do effectively.  Do we want regurgitation or depth of learning from knowledge gained?   I value, for example, how allows for the 'web interface' to be looked after, by them ,and the curation and learning happens with us!


Thanks for sharing this Robin Good!

ManufacturingStories's curator insight, October 31, 2013 12:54 PM

Robin's insights always bring content to the next level!

Michelle Ockers's curator insight, June 30, 2014 5:00 PM

Article lists a range of ways to use sense-making to add value to curated content.

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October 18, 2013 8:16 AM!

Is Your Content Curation Truly Useful or Is It Just a Marketing Tactic?

Is Your Content Curation Truly Useful or Is It Just a Marketing Tactic? | Content Curation World |
Robin Good's insight:

Here is the idea: "The drive for offering ‘more’ is not always the best path.

It does not always create something unique. It does not always better serve a target audience. It does not always differentiate you from the competition. It does not always offer something that can’t be found elsewhere. It does not always solve a problem, or fulfill a desire."

Collecting and regurgitating all of the news that "appear" to be relevant may not be such a great idea after all.

"With unlimited server space and free distribution, the temptation can be too great to share AS MUCH content as possible, with the theory that they are better serving the many sub-niches of their market. In other words, you may often see less curation, and more collection."

I don't know if I'd be so generous to label "collection" this uncontrolled regurgitation of content with little real vetting and verification (let alone curation), but Dan Blank, has an interesting story about curation and collectors that I woud not hesitate to recommend reading.

There are some good insights in it.

One of them rings like this: "...collecting behavior is to collect AS MUCH of something as possible, and not curate or edit their collection at all.

Indeed I see many supposed curators doing exactly this.


Because, as Dan writes correctly "...with unlimited bandwidth and free distribution channels with digital media, it can be sooooo tempting to post more and more content, aimed at more and more target markets.

Plus, the temptation to seem as large as possible, and to give Google as much content as possible to crawl for all of those searches."

But there's a lot more valuable stuff and insight to get by reading in full the original story (even if it was written in 2010).

Insightful. Truthful. 8/10

Full article: 

(Image credit: Robin Good)

Mariale Peñalosa Arguijo's curator insight, October 18, 2013 10:41 PM

add your insight...

Thorsten Strauss's curator insight, October 19, 2013 4:43 AM

Good questions but I think digital curation has different dynamics and also purposes. What do you think?

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October 7, 2013 1:25 PM!

Curated Shopping: eBay To Introduce Curation Features This Fall

Curated Shopping: eBay To Introduce Curation Features This Fall | Content Curation World |

eBay hired a Chief Curator from Bureau of Trade and will be introducing new social features to the site this fall, including Pinterest-like collections and Facebook-like follow buttons. Take a look in our exclusive sneak peek.

Robin Good's insight:

According to Ina Steiner on eBay has hired Michael Phillips Moskowitz to act as Chief Curator and Editorial Director and will be launching in the coming weeks its own curated collections features.

To see some of the upcoming curation features that eBay is going to offer to facilitate recommendations and trusted shopping among eBay 120 million active users, go and check out who is likely a beta user having already access to them.

"On her eBay Profile page, you can see her collections presented in very much the style of Pinterest boards."

Curated shopping collections are a powerful trust-enhancing method to help buyers share their know-how while helping others make more informed choices. eBay is only one among many other large online e-shops (Etsy and Amazon have both recently introduced similar features) to make curation features available to its users.

Interesting. Informative. 7/10

Full article: 

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September 24, 2013 8:30 AM!

Content Curation: How To Add Value - 6 Alternative Approaches

Content Curation: How To Add Value - 6 Alternative Approaches | Content Curation World |
Content curation is a great tactic for promoting your thought leadership — but only if the audience can clearly distinguish your insight from that of your source material. Use these 6 strategies to...
Robin Good's insight:

Pawan Deshpande outlines, explains and illustrates with real examples six different approaches that you can use to add value to your content curation efforts. 

He outlines how to:

  • Abstract
  • Summarize
  • Quote
  • Retitle
  • Storyboard
  • Parallelize

My comment: Excellent resource for content marketers wanting to move up one level the level of their curation, from simple republishing to value-added selection.

Useful. Educational. Resourceful. 7/10

Full article: 

(Image credit: Add button by Shutterstock)

Randy Bauer's curator insight, September 25, 2013 9:53 AM

Adding value to content curation with 6 Alternative Approaches gives a detailed, example based look at the How to Strategies to ContCuration.


I am interested, as a newbie, to look deeper into the platform of Storify after reading this article. 


Check out the great example on Jeff Bezos.

Marcelo Santos's curator insight, September 27, 2013 10:22 AM

This is a meta-content-curation-comment, since I am commenting an article on the importance of commenting articles on content curation! Ha!

Marcelo Santos's curator insight, September 27, 2013 10:23 AM

Curadoria de Conteúdo editada, comentada.

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July 4, 2014 8:27 AM!

How To Curate Content Without Breaking the Rules or Risking of Being Penalized

How To Curate Content Without Breaking the Rules or Risking of Being Penalized | Content Curation World |
Google has introduced its new algorithm, Panda 4.0, in an effort to reward high quality, original content in the search engine's rankings. But, this doesn't mean marketers should stop curating
Robin Good's insight:

Pawan Deshpande of Curata offers a very good guide for content marketers fascinated by content curation opportunities but doubtful about the risks deriving from duplicating existing content or copying excerpts or titles from published articles.

The article provides good advice relative to SEO, general approach and strategy, managing Google search and G+ and titling by outlining the major DOs and DON'Ts of content curation for marketing.

Key recommendations to avoid problems include:

  • No reposting of full text articles
  • Curate from a varied pool of sources
  • Don't re-use full size images
  • Using no-follow tags
  • Using sub-domains

 In the author own words: "Annotate curated content with your own insights, change titles, link to credible articles, publish from a variety of sources and ALWAYS give more than you take when it comes to third-party content."

Good advice for content marketers.  7/10

Full article: 

Caren Taubman Glasser's curator insight, July 11, 2014 10:31 AM

Great list of Do's and Don'ts when curating content.

EZIA's curator insight, July 25, 2014 9:31 AM

Google rewards high-quality content.

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March 18, 2014 3:39 PM!

Content Curation Has Been Hijacked

Content Curation Has Been Hijacked | Content Curation World |
Robin Good's insight:

Many content curation startups, and many of the people using curation tools will probably not like what I have written in this article, but I have a hard time behaving as if I couldn't see a cardboard façade that's been sold for a real destination.

Content Curation has been hijacked and has been sold as a cheap and easy solution for content marketers plagued by the growing problem of getting greater attention from their readers and therefore of how to produce more quality content within tighter and tighter time constraints.

The façade is the promotion of the idea that by "adopting" content curation tools and "techniques" (like picking, selecting and showcasing "best of content" to others) you can actually rapidly gain the same benefits and rewards that true, highly reputable curators and experts in any field have conquered after years of hard work.

Worse yet, if you confront content marketers with the idea that what they are encouraging people to do, does in fact create more "noise" and confusion than we already have, content marketers will counter with statistical data demonstrating that this "curation strategy" does indeed pay off and also within relative short times.

What these people miss to see is that you can't really fake what makes a great curator great. You can pick and post lots of stuff, you can share and report to all the channels you want, but the ability and patience to truly vet, verify, unearth and illustrate why something is of value, is just another thing. And anyone who has eyes and time to check, can easily see that.

Once the early curation fad is gone, and once there are millions more people reposting stuff they haven't even read, those who will have patiently spent this time to truly gather, vet, collect, organize, contextualize and illustrate unique documents, information and resources, will instantly become the go-to reference points in their information niche.

Morale of the story: You can reach the top on mountain Everest step by step as much as someone else can get there by helicopter. Both of you see the same view and stand on the same ground, apparently, but what you can bring back and share with others is immensely greater than what the other guy can.

Content curation startups and content marketers promoting the use of content curation should highlight, model and exemplify what true, value-adding curation is and guide their adopters to create more value rather than more, shortly lived, noise.

Content marketing can only benefit from content curation, once it realizes that curation is not a technique that can be adopted or an add-on. Content curation requires a true interest on the part of the curator to uncover, highlight and contextualize high value resources that would otherwise go unnoticed or unappreciated. Otherwise he is wasting not only his time and ours, but also diluting, often forever, his reputation as a trustable source.

Full article: 

Reading time: 8'

Suggested readings: Content Curation Guide

i.e. Realty's curator insight, March 25, 2014 4:06 PM

Are you creating value or noise?

LennyFromTheBlock's curator insight, June 21, 2020 9:56 PM
I've always wanted to know the difference, if there was any, between content curation and content marketing, and I found it! I found out there is a huge difference between the two and even though they sound like the same things, they are not. This article is such an easy read if you have extra time on your lunch break or on the bus to work! 
Content curation is looked at as easy and effortless but actually is more time consuming because you have to go through site after site, and infographic after infographic to look for the perfect ones for your intended audience.
Amanda Schenk's curator insight, June 22, 2020 10:56 PM
The media industry is just one blurred line. Every subject and specialty overlaps at least a tiny bit with another. However, though content curation and content marketing are frequently seen as synonymous, they are distinctly different. 
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February 24, 2014 4:55 PM!

The Future of News Is Not About Facts: It's About Context, Relevance and Opinion

The Future of News Is Not About Facts: It's About Context, Relevance and Opinion | Content Curation World |

"News sources can't just give us the facts. They must tell us what those facts mean."

Robin Good's insight:

Here's a refreshing look at the future of news that highlights the importance of going deeper into creating value for readers by providing more focus, relevance, context and opinion.

These are the characters that properly define what we now refer to as "curation" when it comes to content and news.

The following passages, extracted from the book, The News: A User's Manual, are by Alain de Botton, and have been excerpted from a lengthy article on The Week entitled "The Future of News".

"News organizations are coy about admitting that what they present us with each day are minuscule extracts of narratives whose true shape and logic can generally only emerge from a perspective of months or even years — and that it would hence often be wiser to hear the story in chapters rather than snatched sentences.

They [news organizations] are institutionally committed to implying that it is inevitably better to have a shaky and partial grasp of a subject this minute than to wait for a more secure and comprehensive understanding somewhere down the line.


We need news organizations to help our curiosity by signaling how their stories fit into the larger themes on which a sincere capacity for interest depends.

To grow interested in any piece of information, we need somewhere to "put" it, which means some way of connecting it to an issue we already know how to care about.

A section of the human brain might be pictured as a library in which information is shelved under certain fundamental categories. Most of what we hear about day to day easily signals where in the stacks it should go and gets immediately and unconsciously filed.

... the stranger or the smaller stories become, the harder the shelving process grows. What we colloquially call "feeling bored" is just the mind, acting out of a self-preserving reflex, ejecting information it has despaired of knowing where to place.

...We might need help in transporting such orphaned pieces of information to the stacks that would most appropriately reveal their logic. is news organizations to take on some of this librarian's work. It is for them to give us a sense of the larger headings under which minor incidents belong."


The call for understanding how much greater value can be provided by curating news and information in depth, rather than by following the shallow, buzzy and viral path beaten by HuffPo, Buzzfeed and the rest of the gang, is clear.

But beyond context and depth, real value can only be added if we accept the fact that going beyond the classic "objective fact reporting", by adding opinion and bias in a transparent fashion, can actually provide greater value in many ways, as Alain de Botton clearly explains:

"Unfortunately for our levels of engagement, there is a prejudice at large within many news organizations that the most prestigious aspect of journalism is the dispassionate and neutral presentation of "facts."


The problem with facts is that there is nowadays no shortage of sound examples. The issue is not that we need more of them, but that we don't know what to do with the ones we have...

...But what do these things actually mean? How are they related to the central questions of political life? What can they help us to understand?

...The opposite of facts is bias. In serious journalistic quarters, bias has a very bad name. It is synonymous with malevolent agendas, lies, and authoritarian attempts to deny audiences the freedom to make up their own minds.

Yet we should perhaps be more generous toward bias.

In its pure form, a bias simply indicates a method of evaluating events that is guided by a coherent underlying thesis about human functioning and flourishing.

It is a pair of lenses that slide over reality and aim to bring it more clearly into focus.

Bias strives to explain what events mean and introduces a scale of values by which to judge ideas and events. It seems excessive to try to escape from bias per se; the task is rather to find ways to alight on its more reliable and fruitful examples. 

There are countless worthy lenses to slide between ourselves and the world." 

Overall, these ideas offer a truly refreshing look at the future of news and at the relevance that context and opinion could play in transforming this medium from a vehicle of mass distraction to one of focused learning and understanding for those interested. 

Must read. Rightful. Insightful. 9/10

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Reading time: 10':20"

Javier Antonio Bellina's curator insight, February 25, 2014 2:36 PM

El futuro de las Noticias no es sobre los Hechos, sino sobre contexto, relevancia y opinión.

Catherine Pascal's curator insight, March 3, 2014 5:12 AM


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January 18, 2014 2:24 PM!

User-Centered Content Curation: Five Good Tips from Sam Burroughs

User-Centered Content Curation: Five Good Tips from Sam Burroughs | Content Curation World |

"Most people curate for the benefit of themselves or their organisations. What if we..."

Robin Good's insight:

Sam Burroughs says it right: "What if we considered content curation from a user centered design perspective? What would audience centered curation look like?"

His suggestions are right on the mark:

  • Stop thinking you need to post always something. If you haven't got something good, don't.

  • Focus on a very specific interest and audience. 
  • Evaluate and share your opinion.
  • Let readers know how much time it takes to read the source you are suggesting to check.  
  • Explain, always clearly why something you are curating is relevant. Contextualize. 

More signal, less noise.

A good review of five things you need to pay attention to, for your content curation to generate some results.

Right on the mark. Practical advice. 8/10 

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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, January 18, 2014 3:17 PM

What if we considered content curation as a value, not just a means to market products & services?

Gina Paschalidou's curator insight, January 20, 2014 12:06 PM

Tips to improve curation and benefit both you and other users

'Timothy Leyfer's curator insight, January 24, 2014 1:20 PM

"Explain, always clearly why something you are curating/communicating is relevant. Contextualize."

This is just one of the five great points from Sam Burroughs that we should consider when communicating relevant information to people on our list.

There are four other great tips equally as important, that we should use when communicating information to others.

In today's fast-paced world the information that we are trying to communicate to others should be user centered.

You might want to check this one out. I know that I am

Another Good-One From Mr Robin Good

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December 21, 2013 9:07 AM!

A Framework for Using Content Curation in a Learning Organization

A Framework for Using Content Curation in a Learning Organization | Content Curation World |
A framework for using Curation in a learning organisation
Robin Good's insight:

Ben Betts provides a useful framework for understanding how to leverage the potential of content curation both at the organizational and at the individual level.

In his vision, content curation takes up four broad roles that help us learn.

These are:

1) Inspiration - curation done by others outside of a formal learning framework

2) Aggregation - same as inspiration but done within a formal learning context

3) Integration - what is referenced as PKM (personal knowledge management) (see Harold Jarche for more info).

4) Application - how to apply insights derived from curation process into daily work or activities. 

For each one of these, the author provides a good description, examples and insight into its usefulness and value and into how organizations can use it.

Some delightful insights include:

  • inspiration - curating community feedback and insights
  • aggregation - curated resources are better than courses
  • integration - curation & critical thought core to teaching and learning processes
  • application - curation as a personal "learning locker" 

Valuable reading for anyone interested in understanding more about the value of content curation for learning.

Insightful. Useful. 8/10 

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Donella Marie Muzik's curator insight, January 7, 2014 11:09 AM

A really wonderful way to describe a very important concept

Eileen Forsyth's curator insight, January 17, 2014 12:17 PM

Wow, this is what I've been thinking I should have my independent study kids doing!

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December 17, 2013 1:28 PM!

The Future Of Content Curation Tools - Part I

The Future Of Content Curation Tools - Part I | Content Curation World |
Content curation tools are in their infancy. Nonetheless you see so many of them around, there are more new curation tools coming your way soon, with lots of new features and options.
Robin Good's insight:

I have been testing and trying so many different content curation tools that I have been developing a good sense of what is needed most when it comes to searching, collecting, organizing and presenting information collections online.

In this two-part article I have outlined what I expect to be the most relevant changes and innovations that will be likely integrated in the content curation tools already available out there or that will become the key foundations for new ones that are yet to appear.

My article doesn't pretend to be a guide or a comprehensive catalogue of all the features that content curation tools should consider integrating, but simply an exploratory journey into some of the areas and features where I see a need for better support and where I expect to be surprised the most next.

Follow me in this short journey and add to the comments what are your personal expectations and needs on this front.

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Carlos Bisbal's curator insight, December 19, 2013 11:53 AM

Las herramientas de curación de contenido están en su infancia. En un futuro próximo van a jugar un papel cada vez más importante de apoyo a la producción de contenidos, la educación y el aprendizaje y, en general, a la organización de forma mas eficaz de la información online y offline disponible.

Para lograr estos objetivos, las herramientas de curación de contenidos tendrán que probar, integrar y adoptar nuevas características que cumplan con muchos de los requisitos de un curador de contenidos.

SMOOC's curator insight, February 20, 2014 1:27 PM

Interesting write up on content curation tools from Robin Good (pt. 1)

TeresaSiluar's curator insight, April 12, 2014 1:34 PM

Artículo de Robin Good en el que habla de las posibilidades de las herramientas de content curation.

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October 31, 2013 11:42 AM!

Fine-Tune Your Google Searches To Find Exactly What You Need: The 10 Search Modifiers You Must Know By Heart

Fine-Tune Your Google Searches To Find Exactly What You Need: The 10 Search Modifiers You Must Know By Heart | Content Curation World |
Robin Good's insight:

Even though Google has become very good at understanding and providing relevant results for many popular queries, many search users are getting lazy and taking those results as currency. 

John Ball writes on Search Engine Land: "People don’t think, analyze, or really even understand how search works anymore. They just assume it will work and they’ll get the results they need. 

This is a very real trend, and likely to continue."

And he goes on: "For example, consider Google Now — no searching required, just results you’re likely to need and can further refine. Also, consider Google Glass. Glass doesn’t even support advanced searching — it’s all short, to-the-point answers, likely based on the Knowledge Graph, which is rapidly expanding."

If you are a journalist, researcher or content curator, you are likely uninterested in such auto-selected results and prefer to dig, explore more and vet before drawing a conclusion.

To go beyond the surface of Google forcedly limited search spectrum, it is of great help to be able to use Google search modifiers. These are manual commands that you can insert in your search queries and that allow you to ask to Google to bring you the results you want in the way you want it.

If you are not familiar with these or have not been using them in a while, I do suggest to scan through them again as they can be real life-savers in many a situation. 

Very useful for any good journalist, researcher or curator.

Useful. Good examples. 8/10

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Maureen Greenbaum's comment, November 5, 2013 7:55 AM
I left this comment I think you are wrong about AND - that is Google's default<br>see<br>You need OR if you want either term but Google does AND automatically otherwise<br>@sumware
Andrew Lambert's curator insight, August 12, 2014 9:13 AM

Great shortcuts

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October 26, 2013 1:19 PM!

From News as Reporting To News as a Gateway To Learn In Depth About a Topic

From News as Reporting To News as a Gateway To Learn In Depth About a Topic | Content Curation World |
Robin Good's insight:

It's the second time that I go back to this insightful article by Jonathan Stray, dating back to 2011, but which was visionary and rightful then as it is still now. The first time I did, right after it came out, I didn't actually realize in full how relevant and important was the idea being communicated through it.

On the surface the article talks about an hypotethical Editorial Search Engine as a desirable news app. But if you look just beyond the surface, which is by itself fascinating, in essence, Mr. Stray indicates how useful and effective it would be if news publishers moved on from reporting and into 100% curated coverage of a certain topic, issue or story, opening a fascinating discovery gateway around each story and allowing in time for these streams to intersect and interconnect with each other.

By doing this, we can not only make the news much more interesting and relevant, but we can transform them into instruments for in-depth learning about anything we are interested in.

In this light the future of news could be very much about Comprehensively Informing an Audience on a Specific Topic. And if you stop enough time to re-read it and think about it, this is a pretty powerful and revolutionary concept by itself.

He specifically writes: "Rather than (always, only) writing stories, we should be trying to solve the problem of comprehensively informing the user on a particular topic."

"Choose a topic and start with traditional reporting, content creation, in-house explainers and multimedia stories. Then integrate a story-specific search engine that gathers together absolutely everything else that can be gathered on that topic, and applies whatever niche filtering, social curation, visualization, interaction and communication techniques are most appropriate."

Jonathan Stray makes also a very inspiring connection to Jay Rosen of NYU and his idea of covering 100% of a story which in my view correctly anticipated the niche content curation trend while going beyond it in its effort to explore gateways to innovation. 




Insightful. Visionary. Inspiring. 9/10



Michael Britt's comment, October 27, 2013 12:27 PM
I think the points above are excellent. I only wish "content consumers" if you will, agreed with this message. I say that because I have been critisized by one consumer because he didn't feel that I gave him ENOUGH content on a topic. In other words, in many content consumer's minds, A LOT OF CONTENT = VALUE. Hopefully the public is going to realize that this is not true.
Stephen Dale's curator insight, October 29, 2013 1:56 PM

A useful article on the  role of journalists by Jonathan Stray. He postulates that rather than writing stories, journalists should be trying to solve the problem of comprehensively informing the user on a particular topic, by applying filtering, social curation, visualistion and interaction with their audience. I think the professional press has woken up to this, and commend the Guardian for their insightful reporting. 

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October 8, 2013 4:55 PM!

The Five Laws of The Content Curation Economy by Steve Rosenbaum

The Five Laws of The Content Curation Economy by Steve Rosenbaum | Content Curation World |
Robin Good's insight:

Steve Rosenbaum (the author of Curation Nation) strikes some pretty powerful chords that fully resonate with my vision and expectations about the future of content curation.

On the assumption that "The speed, scale, and number of distinct elements of produced content will double every 24 months." (call it Rosenbaum law) he rightly asserts that, as if there was already enough content, we are going to be literally inundated by tons of it soon.

In this light content curation is much more than what content marketing providers would have you think (save some time and get more interesting content out). Content curation is rather a socially critical activity that will make it possible for people to learn, find the information they need and indpendently evaluate what product to buy.

Steve Rosenbaum outlines five principles around which the economy of content curation will establish itself. They are:

The First Law: People don’t want more content, they want less. 

The Second Law: Curators come in three shapes... 

The Third Law: Curation isn’t a hobby, it’s both a profession and a calling. Curators need to be paid...

The Fourth Law: Curation requires technology and tools to find, filter, and validate content...

The Fifth Law: Curation within narrow, focused, high-quality categories will emerge to compete with...

My comment: Steve Rosenbaum is right on track with this one and his five principles are 100% correct. If you are into content curation for the long ride, read them again.

Rightful. On track. 9/10

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wanderingsalsero's curator insight, October 20, 2013 8:09 PM

Makes sense to me.

Julie Groom's curator insight, October 23, 2013 4:48 AM

Curating - how to manage it. And curation experts already exist - they're called Librarians!

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October 2, 2013 8:13 AM!

Content Curation for Journalism: Six Characterizing Traits by Mindy McAdams

Content Curation for Journalism: Six Characterizing Traits by Mindy McAdams | Content Curation World |
The Latin root of the noun curator means "to care." We know the word primarily in connection with museum collections, which may make some folks think of dusty old boring things, or preserving histo...
Robin Good's insight:

If you are into understanding the real value of content curation and what are the characterizing traist that make it so valuable and unique for the future of journalism and of our collective ability to stay informed, here is an evergreen "classic" on what curation specifically entails, synthesized and outlined by the Mindy McAdams.

When it comes to content curation, her list includes seven specific characterizing traits:

  1. Selection of the best representatives
  2. Culling
  3. Provide context
  4. Arrangement of individual objects
  5. Organization of the whole
  6. Expertise
  7. Updating

Her content curation identikit is as useful, truthful and relevant today as it was was 5 years ago when it was first published.

Content curation reference. Must-read. 9/10

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Question to you: Five years on, today, what would you add to these traits, that in your view, fully characterizes content curation?

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Nancy White's curator insight, October 2, 2013 10:38 AM

I love the way examining curating from the perspective of other disciplines adds such richness to our definition and understanding of what it is, and what we are trying to accomplish with the act of curating. 

Amal Rafeeq's comment, October 4, 2013 12:02 PM
Well put mate :)