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What a Content Curator Needs To Know: How, Tools, Issues and Strategy
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Beyond Google SERPs. Human Curated Answers Serve Better Those Who Want To Know More: Wonder

Beyond Google SERPs. Human Curated Answers Serve Better Those Who Want To Know More: Wonder | Content Curation World |

"Inquiry that desires a deeper understanding and multiple points of view."

Robin Good's insight:

"Wonder was built to bring human-centric guidance back to the pursuit of knowledge on the web."

in other words: "Away from algorithmically sorted lists of links, and back to human-guided curation, evaluation and advice for those who don't need just a store address on a map".

Wonder is a new free web service which touts to be your online personal research assistant. Behind its minimalist website there's a crew of human beings that actually goes out to gather and bring back to you valuable answers and resources to your questions.

How does it work?

You just register via FB, Twitter or with your own email and then you are presented with a very simple screen in which you are asked "what are you wondering"?

You type in a question, and within a very reasonable amount of time (in my cases, in always less than 30 minutes) you receive a hand written email answer by a person with a first and last name. Not only. The person provides you also with multiple links to relevant resources that can help you find out and discover more about the topic of your interest.

Why it's relevant: Independently of the quality of the results that Wonder may initially bring to you, this new service highlights a growing trend toward trusted guides, expert curators of information, and their human voice and away from algorithmically sorted list of results like Google offers.

P.S.: In my initial tests a reply for a very specific question in one of my areas of expertise didn't bring back particularly valuable or useful suggestions as this knowledge would require an expert in the field, but less specialistic questions brought back useful responses written in a very human-style and supported by very high-quality relevant links and resources.

Here is one such question - answer as an example for you:

My Research Request:
How can I trust the answers provided by those behind Wonder if I know nothing about who they are?

Mike Smith reply:
Let me assure you, I am no robot. The resources curated by Wonder are compiled and collated by real human beings (such as myself) who take the time to sort through the vast amount of information available on the web.

I view the task of the Wonder researcher as being rather similar to that of your local librarian. And any good librarian isn't going to tell you how to think: they will present you with what knowledge and information they have available and arrange it in such a way that you must come to your own conclusion. Do you demand the librarian's credentials? Do you peruse their degrees and certifications? No, because her/his credentials lie in the quality of the work they have laid before you. Even if you detect bias or prejudice in what has been presented to you, then the curator's task has already been accomplished: you have assessed, for yourself, the quality of the information you have encountered and have honed your critical faculties that much more.

View Research

- Content curation (i.e. Wonder) is similar to consulting a librarian for literature on a particular subject

- Content curators (e.g. librarians) have empirically improved critical thinking skills in students

- Content curators (e.g. librarians) are tasked with fostering critical thinking in the evaluation of information sources

This is the future in preview.

Try it out and see what you think of it.

Free to use.

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Curation, Sharing, Transparency and Failure: How We Can Learn by Sharing Our Process

Curation, Sharing, Transparency and Failure: How We Can Learn by Sharing Our Process | Content Curation World |

We've heard the argument that everyone's a curator online by means of blogging and reblogging, but what about the professional curators who are responsible for producing major physical exhibitions ...

Robin Good's insight:

Lindsay Howard provides a much needed insight into the value of sharing the curatorial process, as a way to help others learn from our thinking and mistakes.

Too many times, curation is victim of its own desire to impress and surprise by preparing collections and galleries for extended periods of time for a final showcase or exhibition.

But the process through which all this work is done is often hidden from view, both for fear of showing our own failures, mistakes and changes of heart, as well as for providing greater expectation for its final release.

But managing curation work in this fashion deprives everyone from the opportunity to discover, understand and learn deeper by seeing the curation process evolve from beginning to end.

"...the paradox of failure: while the human impulse is to evade it, the only way to improve is to learn from our experiences and the experiences of others. We share as a way to understand, but even more importantly, we share in order to..." learn more.

This is why anyone who wants to curate should seriously consider becoming more transparent about the way his curation process is carried out.

For curation is not, as falsely promoted, a means to gain fast visibility and authority, but rather an approach to organize, make-sense and help others understand what is not immediately visible (which, as a positive consequence when done right, can gain you the extra visibility and authority you may be seeking).

Insightful. 8/10

Full article:

Emily at Two Pens's curator insight, March 13, 2013 2:01 PM

What happens when art curators use Tumblr as their exhibition space.

ghbrett's curator insight, March 13, 2013 4:33 PM

Check out Robin's comments below. Once again, Thank You Robin for a great review

Crystina Castiglione's curator insight, March 30, 2013 11:29 PM
This article really brought to light what being globally connected can do for not just artists, but curators as well and how it can be used to create an entirely new type of exhibition. It also describes a new age of art that infuses the way we use technology, especially within social media networks.
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Making Sense of the Internet Through a Gallery of Maps

Making Sense of the Internet Through a Gallery of Maps | Content Curation World |
Robin Good's insight:

A good example of content curation at work is the Vox feature collection entitled "40 maps that explain the internet", which showcases in a highly digestible and visual format where the Internet came from, how it works, and how it's used by people around the world.

Although at first glance this may look just as a list of maps with descriptions, there's a lot of curation work that can be appreciated by looking just a bit beyond the surface. 

a) Titles and descriptions are well crafted, short, focused, but consistently clear and to the point. 

b) The 40 maps are intelligently organized into six different groups: 

  1. How the Internet was created
  2. The Internet around the world
  3. Threats to the Internet
  4. The geography of online services
  5. How America gets online
  6. How we use the Internet

c) Images of maps sourced from elsewhere are properly credited and linked. 

To the ignorant eye, this will look like "oh, just another collection of maps", but to the avid reader, scholar and to the curious enough to look beyond appearances, the value of this editorial work is on how it perfectly hides the amount of complexity and research work it has required while organizing and presenting an extremely clear and comprehensive body of valuable information on the chosen topic.

Curated by Timothy B. Lee together with editor Eleanor Barkhorn,

designer Uy Tieu and developer Yuri Victor.

A good example of curation at work. 8/10

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Francisco Morfin's curator insight, June 9, 2014 7:29 PM

Mapas sobre Internet en el mundo

Gonzalo Moreno's curator insight, June 10, 2014 7:20 AM

40 mapas que explican INTERNET