Content Curation World
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Content Curation World
What a Content Curator Needs To Know: How, Tools, Issues and Strategy
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The Key Value of Content Curation: Enhancing Who We Are

Robin Good's insight:

"When we curate content online, it enhances who we are, both in the sense of... - we learn things, and we help to define ourselves by understanding our own interests - and in a more external way, by allowing other people to better understand who we are.

It becomes part of our ethos, part of our personal brand."

Dr. Gideon Burton of Brigham Young University offers an interesting insight into why curation is such a valuable activity for humankind by pointing out that our efforts to gather, collect and order the information chaos surrounding us, is a critical activity to understand ourselves, to learn more about anything, to make sense of the world we live in.

Even at the lowest, most amateurish level of social sharing or bookmarking, our best efforts to collect and order information, even when they are imperfect, incomplete or even inaccurate, do have great value.

The value is in the opportunity we create for others to discover, to get a better hint or a better understanding, of what we have collected and sorted. And even when collecting is a personal act of self-expression or a reflection of a pet interest, still, there is value, as "people are a very important way by which we can order our understanding of the world".

Content curation enhances who we are because it helps us Understand and Navigate the world we live in through someone else eyes and experience.

Inspiring. Truthful. Great perspective from which to look and appreciate the full value of curation.

Highly recommended. 10/10


Original full video lecture by Dr. Gideon Burton:

Dr. Gideon Burton:

The Forest of Rethoric an example of valuable content curation created by Dr. Gideon Burton

Judi Singleton's curator insight, October 21, 2016 3:18 AM
I do content curation for what I learn reading the articles and doing the research. 
Taskiy's comment, February 23, 1:49 AM
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Content Curation: Understanding the Why and How - a Research Study

Robin Good's insight:

Changtao Zhong, Karthik Sundaravadivelan and Nishanth Sastry from King's London College and Sunil Shah from have published a research study entitled: "Sharing the Loves: Understanding the How and Why of Online Content Curation".

The study (9 pages) analyzes the behaviour of thousands of individuals pinning images on Pinterest and liking and categorizing songs on and reveals a few interesting insights:

a) what people curate as relevant is not generally among the top ranked results according to popular metrics. Good stuff is not the same as what is considered normally popular or authoritative stuff.

b) content curation allows a community to synchronize around specific issues and subjects (as anticipated by Clay Shirky)

c) better and more appreciated curation is of the "structured" kind, providing additional info, meta-data and categorization.

d) curators that are highly appreciated are characterized by consistent activity and by a variety of interests (or viewpoints under the same theme) that they are capable to cover.

My comment: Valuable insight into the essential traits of curation emerge from this interesting study of two popular content sharing and curation sites. In my eyes it highlights how inevitable is that curation will gradually match and replace search and what successful curators need to do to become more visible.

Original PDF: 

Carmenne Kalyaniwala-Thapliyal's curator insight, October 16, 2013 2:17 AM

A research paper by Zhong, Shah, Sundaravadivelan and Sastry, King's college London, 2013

AnneMarie Cunningham's curator insight, October 17, 2013 8:28 AM

See the excellent notes from Robin Good below. Interesting to see more work emerging in this field.

John Thomas's curator insight, February 9, 2014 10:20 AM

Content Curation: Understanding the Why and How - a Research Study