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What a Content Curator Needs To Know: How, Tools, Issues and Strategy
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The Spirit of the Archivist and Its Relevance for Content Curators

The Spirit of the Archivist and Its Relevance for Content Curators | Content Curation World |
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Here's an inspiring and insightful article by Sally Whiting on ContentsMagazine analyzing the role of the archivist and the traits and responsibilities that make his work so valuable to content producers.

She writes: "Applying archival principles to content strategy makes for solid content—I can demonstrate this, and I exercise it in my work."

As content curators will increasingly need to learn more about archiving, organizing and preserving what they curate, this article provides an inspiring set of considerations about the key value of context and provenance.

In addition she poses some important questions about what could actually be done by better curating our own content archives:

"Archives are accustomed to a passive role, asking reflectively what their patrons want to find.

As they work to help researchers tell their stories, it’s easy for archives to forget to keep shaping their own."

Inspiring. Rightful. 8/10

Full article: 

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Nancy White's curator insight, August 29, 2013 8:48 AM

Excellent post - importance of context & provenance. 

digitalassetman's curator insight, August 30, 2013 8:15 AM

Since graduating from library school, I’ve fielded occasional questions about archiving “as a professional in the field.” Then comes the second question, “So, what kind of archive do you work in?” But I don’t. Although I was trained as an archivist and care deeply about archives, I’ve been an editor or a content strategist on most of my recent projects. And though I sympathize with archivists’ anxiety about their continuing relevance, I’m also excited for them, as I am for anyone who has content worth sharing

Karen du Toit's curator insight, September 3, 2013 5:43 AM

Content strategy practised in archives, and the skills set of the New Archivist! Great article!

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The Most Important Skill for the 21st Century: To Vet

The Most Important Skill for the 21st Century: To Vet | Content Curation World |

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Thanks to Alan Berkson intelligent use of hashtags as he retweeted his own post dating back to December 2012, and to Trendspottr, who made it easy for me to discover it, I have just run into one of the most inspirational short posts about curation that I have read in some time.

The post is quite short, but it packs such an important truth, that I can't but bring it to you in its full integrity.

"Being able to properly vet might be the most important skill of the 21st Century.

Not curing sick animals.

Not retiring from military service.

I’m talking about “subjecting to thorough examination or evaluation.

We’ve been trained to rely on experts to do this for us.

If we go back 30 years or so, we would find experts in a limited number of places: academia, government and non-government organizations, and major corporations including media. As I wrote in The Age of Thought Leadership:

“…the Information Age is allowing experts to step out from behind the veil of a corporate (or academic) entity…”

This is a double-edged sword. As individuals we can develop and express thought leadership. However, also as individuals, we can no longer solely rely on third parties for pre-vetting our experts.

  • Learn how to do research.

  • Know the difference between a primary and a secondary source.

  • Become more discerning in your content consumption.

  • Develop a healthy level of skepticism."

Content curation, if intended as the art of helping other people discover, learn and make sense of things they are interested into, is all about cultivating your own ability to become an expert by honing the skills of research, vetting and contextualization.

This is it. Must read. Must share. 10/10

Original post by Alan Berkson: