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What a Content Curator Needs To Know: How, Tools, Issues and Strategy
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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

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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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Recognizing Curation Intent: Marketing, Sense-Making or Personal Expression

Recognizing Curation Intent: Marketing, Sense-Making or Personal Expression | Content Curation World |

Robin Good: Short post but very relevant points to start looking at. @chopemurray at Opencollaborarchy is the first individual I see catching the different shades of curation "intent" that are characterizing the "surge" of content curation initiatives, projects and tools all around us.

From the original post: "However the evolution of digital curation is experiencing some fragmentation. Not that this is bad, but it does suggest the differences should be understood as curation tools will differ in features and capabilities as each tries to satisfy its target customer base.

So far I have identified 3 major distinctions in [what is "sold" today as] curation:

a) Content Distribution

Marketing Content: comes in several forms as marketeers move away from landing pages on Facebook and web sites, and seek to amplify brand presence through curated content.

b) Sense-making - Topic-focused 

Information (or Knowledge Content): More focused on collecting and condensing information to support a topic or subject. Most commonly a reference site usually set up for either internal or external collaboration

c) Personal Expression

Curating Personal Content – less dependent on content management features and capabilites: can either be used for amplification (self-branding) or condensing (information)."

Rightful. Calls for deeper analysis. 8/10

P.S.: I invite you also to contribute to the poll provided at the end of the post. Notwithstanding that the poll will reflect only the opinions of those answering it, I'd very much like those few investing in curation as a sense-making activity to make their voices heard.

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From Data To Insight: Turning Information Into Intelligence

From Data To Insight: Turning Information Into Intelligence | Content Curation World |
Marketers are all over big data - but are they looking to big data at the expense of true insights and missing the heartbeat of their customers?

Via janlgordon
Robin Good's insight:

Yeah, we are finally realizing that in this info-glut, what stands out is not just the ability to share, to pass on, or to signal interesting stuff but more than ever the ability to make sense, illustrate, explain, give insight and to show relationships, trends and patterns among apparently unrelated things.

William J. Ryan's curator insight, March 4, 2013 8:35 AM

Same can be said for learning as well, we track a lot in LMS's but are we measuring what matters?  Have we defined, and agreed upon, the metrics that will help the business and the performance of the community we serve?

Irina Radchenko's curator insight, August 13, 2013 7:32 AM

Today’s connected consumer has access to an insane amount of information, all at their fingertips, thanks to the ubiquity of smartphone access to the web.


From checking restaurant reviews and stock prices, to taking pictures of a new pair of jeans and asking the opinion of friends on Facebook, today’s consumer is no longer restricted to choosing a brand through a push marketing approach.

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Curation, Just Like PKM, Is About Adding Value To Help Sense-Making | Harold Jarche

Curation, Just Like PKM, Is About Adding Value To Help Sense-Making | Harold Jarche | Content Curation World |

"...I want to point out that people with better PKM skills, an ability to create higher value information, and a willingness to share it, will become more valued members (nodes) in their professional networks." (Harold Jarche)

Robin Good: In this short article analyzing the PKM (personal knowledge management) process it is interesting to note the strong affinity it has with curation.

"The critical part of PKM is in personalizing information and experience, or to use a business term, adding value.

Ross Dawson shows five ways to add value to information (my examples/descriptions follow):

1) Filtering (separating signal from noise, based on some criteria)

2) Validation (ensuring that information is reliable, current or supported by research)

3) Synthesis (describing patterns, trends or flows in large amounts of information)

4) Presentation (making information understandable through visualization or logical presentation)

5) Customization (describing information in context)."

More info and examples presented in the article do not seem to include yet the appearance of a trusted news curator as a means to develop such PKM, which although is defined as "an individually created process", it could rely in the near future not just on tools, but also on the filtering and curation work of other humans.

Or not?

Thoughtful. 8/10. 

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CBT Feeds's curator insight, April 2, 2014 7:20 AM

Very interesting.

Joe Matthews's curator insight, September 29, 2014 2:35 PM

Not only is this an interesting insight to better understand how people can add value but this is also applicable for libraries and museums