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Social Media Curation Is Not Just Sharing Bookmarks: An Introductory Guide [Video]

Video from Curation Module of Social Media for Active Learning Course. http://meme.coe.fsu.edu/smooc #SMOOC2014
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If you are new to content curation and interested in understanding better how social media, bookmarking and sharing fit into the curation conundrum, then this is a useful video to watch. 


Vanessa Dennen, Associate Professor of Instructional Systems at Florida State University, presents in a clear and very understandable 6 minute clip, what social media curation is, how it differs from simple bookmarking and which are some of the tools to get started doing it.


She also offers an excellent definition for "social media curation": Organized and purposeful collecting and sharing of annotated, online content, as well as a six-step process (called FACETS) to effectively curate content online.



Instructional. Informative. Useful for beginners. 7/10


Original video: http://youtu.be/twvNJ5NCLEU 


Duration: 6':10"



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Michael Britt's comment, April 16, 12:11 PM
Here's one thing that I think is not addressed well in this video or indeed on other resources that address curation: the Explain part of her FACETS acronym. I agree that ideally the curator should explain why any particular item of the collection is included in the curation, but also I think it's important to explain how one item relates to another. I don't see how this can be done with any of the curation tools I have seen. How can the curator effectively explain to the visitor what the relationship is between different items in the collection in a way that's easy for the visitor to follow? Right now it seems to me that the curator would have to say in his/her notes, "This item is similar to the one I added to the collection back in January....take a look at...go back to..." etc. That's awkward and clumsy. Any solutions to this?
Joyce Valenza's curator insight, April 16, 5:55 PM

This overview video introduces and defines curation and describes the affordances of the top tools.

TeresaSiluar's curator insight, April 17, 4:09 AM

Interesante video (en inglés) sobre  el proceso y posibilidades de la curación de contenidos en Redes Sociales

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Content Curation for NGOs: Where's The Value?

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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.
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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: http://www.bethkanter.org/content-curation-2/ 


Presentation: http://www.slideshare.net/kanter/scoopit-dec-meet-up-content-curation-for-nonprofits 


Check also these related resources and links: http://bethkanter.wikispaces.com/lean-content-scoopit


Beth Kanter on Twitter: http://twitter.com/KANTER 








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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.

John Thomas's curator insight, February 1, 12:39 PM
Content Curation for NGOs: Where's The Value?
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Five Good Guidelines for Content Curators from Joshua Merritt

Five Good Guidelines for Content Curators from Joshua Merritt | Content Curation World | Scoop.it

Robin Good: If you are looking for ways to improve your content curation efforts, Joshua Merritt has published five useful guidelines to follow.


These include abandoning high frequency / high-volume practices, integrating your opinion whenever possible, researching deeper, citing sources and treating curation like original content production.


Joshua writes: "If two different people curate and distribute the same content (which happens every day times thousands), what makes the experience of your followers more valuable?


The answer doesn’t have to lie in a single piece of content, but it must lie in the story arch of the greater body of work, and the more you treat each item you curate as a diamond in the rough that needs some extra cutting and polishing to be ready for your audience, the better your content will perform and the more loyalty you will drive in your followers."



Rightful. 7/10


Full article: http://www.joshuamerritt.com/2012/09/20/if-curating-content-is-easy-youre-doing-it-wrong-5-tips-for-effective-content-curation/



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How Large Organizations Can Leverage Curation: Shel Holtz

How Large Organizations Can Leverage Curation: Shel Holtz | Content Curation World | Scoop.it

From the original feature article by Liz Wilson on Paper.li:

 

"We asked Shel about how mid- to large-sized organisations can focus their curation efforts, and he outlines four ways organisations large and small can benefit now:

 

1. Curating news around events as an alternative to pitching for traditional media coverage: Take a product launch — they could curate who’s saying what from among their customers, partners and consumers. It’s an opportunity to create a resource and put it up on their media page.

 

2. Curating trusted, publicly accessible resources to increase reputation:

A high quality curation of content can reflect well on the organisation, increasing its reputation. It could be done by a team or a single employee, selecting what is relevant, pulling it into one place, commenting on why it’s important, and then making it accessible.

 

3. Giving employees access to social media, so they can share internally curated news outside the organisation...

 

4. Curating information to help employees work smarter: An example is external news on the intranet. Lots of intranets offer it, but often it comes from an external provider and is like a firehose — some of it not so relevant, and you can have multiple versions of the same story from different media outlets...."

 

More helpful info, tools and tips that can help large organizations leverage curation in the rest of the article here: http://j.mp/x06pAL


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Content Curation For Large Companies and Brands: Where To Start | Digiday

Content Curation For Large Companies and Brands: Where To Start | Digiday | Content Curation World | Scoop.it

Robin Good: If you are looking at content curation from the perspective of a large company, you may want to read this article from Josh Sternberg on Digiday, which provides some valuable recommendations.


Here a few highlights I have extracted from the article: 


"Curation is the vogue digital term for the ability to not only aggregate and distribute carefully selected information, but also to provide a unique voice on top of the original pieces of information.


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“The best way to do it is to identify a high-interest topic that you want to be perceived as an expert in,”...

 

“Curate that topic and provide some context around it.


If you’re curating a lot of content in a topic area, over time that leads to expertise and credibility.


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**There can’t be articles that make the reader question why a brand is sharing it.


**Also, brands need to make sure they’re not just regurgitating content, but instead offering readers/followers valuable information, as readers will quickly determine the curated content — and thus the brand — is not worth their time."


Rightful. 7/10


Read the full article: http://www.digiday.com/publishing/brands-apply-for-content-curator-roles/ 

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

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

"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 


Full article (4 mins read): http://weelearning.co.uk/2014/01/five-ways-curators-can-improve-user-experience/ 



Image credit: (Teamwork concept by Shutterstock)





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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, January 18, 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, 12:06 PM

Tips to improve curation and benefit both you and other users

'Timothy Leyfer's curator insight, January 24, 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
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Content Curation for Content Marketers: Six Basic Ways To Curate Other People Stories

Content Curation for Content Marketers: Six Basic Ways To Curate Other People Stories | Content Curation World | Scoop.it



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Pawan Deshpande, founder and CEO of Curata, has just published an article that provides some very useful guidelines to content marketers interested in improving their basic content curation skills.


The article provides six alternative approaches to curating content, from simple ones like quoting and retitling, to more advanced ones like parallelizing, storyboarding and summarizing.


The context provided in this article circles around three key factors:

  1. Quantity of effort
  2. SEO value
  3. Added value

so that you can compare, among the alternative curation approaches presented, the ones that better match your own needs.


But, beware. Though content marketing experts have you believe that saving time, seo impact and traffic size are key variables to go after, I remain of the impression that true "added value" provides order of magnitude greater benefits than the other two combined. 


In other words, to rank and evaluate the value of a curation approach versus another, I would ask: Does the curation produced help other people make better sense of a topic? Does it allow for others to learn about an issue without having to juggle and research tens of dubious resources? Does it save the reader time in learning about the topic he's interested in while providing him with all the needed info?


Having said this, I deem this article particularly useful for content marketers getting interested in content curation, and in learning which approaches they can adopt, besides reposting and sharing the best content they can find, to improve their "value added" propositions.



Useful. Resourceful. 7/10


Full article: http://www.curata.com/blog/6-content-curation-templates-for-content-annotation/


(Thanks to Marjolein Hoekstra for pointing me to this article)


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ManufacturingStories's curator insight, August 14, 2013 8:16 AM

These are some great ideas.  Content curation is a great teaching tool for students.  Thanks Robin for your great and dedicated CURATION!

Roberto Ivan Ramirez's comment, August 15, 2013 8:51 PM
El arte de curar información en la Web es más que una práctica del conectivismo, es parte de un ejercicio de aprendizaje e inteligencia colectiva.
John Thomas's curator insight, February 12, 5:20 AM

Pawan Deshpande, founder and CEO of Curata, has just published an article that provides some very useful guidelines to content marketers interested in improving their basic content curation skills.

 

The article provides six alternative approaches to curating content, from simple ones like quoting and retitling, to more advanced ones like parallelizing, storyboarding and summarizing.

 

The context provided in this article circles around three key factors:

Quantity of effortSEO valueAdded value

so that you can compare, among the alternative curation approaches presented, the ones that better match your own needs.

 

But, beware. Though content marketing experts have you believe that saving time, seo impact and traffic size are key variables to go after, I remain of the impression that true "added value" provides order of magnitude greater benefits than the other two combined. 

 

In other words, to rank and evaluate the value of a curation approach versus another, I would ask: Does the curation produced help other people make better sense of a topic? Does it allow for others to learn about an issue without having to juggle and research tens of dubious resources? Does it save the reader time in learning about the topic he's interested in while providing him with all the needed info?

 

Having said this, I deem this article particularly useful for content marketers getting interested in content curation, and in learning which approaches they can adopt, besides reposting and sharing the best content they can find, to improve their "value added" propositions.

 

 

Useful. Resourceful. 7/10

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How To Start Curating News: Approach and Tools Advice by Jay Palter

How To Start Curating News: Approach and Tools Advice by Jay Palter | Content Curation World | Scoop.it

Robin Good: If you are new to news curation and are looking for some basic advice on how you can start finding good content out there and where/how to promote it, you will find this introductory guide by Jay Palter quite useful.


In it there is some good basic advice on what kind of free tools and approaches you can start using to monitor specific topics as well as proper suggestions on how to characterize and add value to your curation work.


Good for getting your feet wet. 7/10


Full article: http://jaypalter.ca/2012/05/19-ways-to-curate-great-financial-content/ 

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Beth Kanter's comment, June 2, 2012 12:46 PM
Thanks for this - been looking for a beginner guide for some NGOs I'm working with in India are just getting started with social media/content strategy. This a useful article for them to read.
Jay Palter's comment, June 2, 2012 2:35 PM
Thanks for the feedback and sharing, Robin. Appreciate your inspiration and support.
Robin Good's comment, June 2, 2012 2:48 PM
Thank YOU Jay!
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Down-To-Earth Advice from a Professional Curator: Stanford Libraries Henry Lowood

Robin Good: Great advice for curators of all kinds from Henry Lowood, curator of the history of science and technology/ film and media at Stanford University libraries.

In this video 14'-minute long interview by Howard Rheingold, besides some interesting digression on curation as intended inside large "collecting" institutions, there is also some super-valuable and down-to-earth advice for the typical content curators out there.


Here my key takeaways [my own words]:


"Sometimes things are not what they seems to be.


Avoid terrible mistakes by going beyond the surface and thinking "like a detective". 


If you include in a collection things that may not seem what they look to be, because you have not explored them enough, you run a big risk of losing your reputation as a "trusted" curator for that topic. 


Those who are "experts" in that field, will easily spot those inconsistencies as they pay great attention to such details. 


It's therefore important to "slow down", and to look in depth at the context of the item you are "curating". 

Don't just post content because you have spotted content which has relevant "keywords" in it or the title makes it look enticing.


Go and look well and make sure it really is what you think it is."  


Must watch (especially from 12':25"on): 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svAkKGfacbo 


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Beth Kanter's comment, February 3, 2012 12:37 AM
Ah, I like your new attribution - spotted. I saw this today, but didn't have the time to watch the whole thing and summarize what was in it because of the Komen disaster ... glad you summarized it! Will point peoople over here