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An Introduction To Filtering for Would-Be Content Curators

An Introduction To Filtering for Would-Be Content Curators | Content Curation World | Scoop.it
It's clear that content curation is increasingly being talked about as an important role for learning professionals (in the context of self-provisioned learning, scaffolding, learing environment de...
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The thing that amazes me most when it comes to what is supposedly "news and content curation" on platforms like Scoop.it, is that some of the most popular and trafficked channels have nothing to do with curating a topic for a specific audience.


Why? Because if you look at the supposed "curation" done on these channels, it is nothing but simple and often very superficial picking and unrestrained sharing of links with absolutely no concern for checking, verifying or let alone reading what is being posted.


This is how I long lost trust for many such curators. Because they are literally doing the opposite of what a true content curator should do: vet, verify, analyze, explore, check, add, inform, contextualize and reference.


In this light, I am not actually despising their work, because without them even realizing it, they are slowly creating the best opportunity and conditions for whoever does quality curation to shine a million times brighter.


As noise-generators they provide tremendous opportunity to those who know for real how to filter noise out.


Catherine Lombardozzi writes: "Filtering is an early step in the curation process, but a critical one.


Our learners count on us to cut through the noise and find the most useful materials to support their learning.


If they find that we have collated material that is inaccurate, out-dated, or relatively useless, they’ll go back to using their own search methodologies for finding materials, and our attempts to support them will be for naught."


And I must holeheartedly agree with her about the importance for curators, to be true, effective filters.


In this article, she offers some valuable guidelines and suggestions to help anyone interested in curation and in learning how to become an effective filter.



Rightful. 7/10


Full article: http://learningjournal.wordpress.com/2013/03/11/the-curators-filters/


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digitalassetman's comment, March 13, 2013 11:46 PM
And they need to have their discernment filter set on high alert.
Letitia Owens's comment, March 14, 2013 9:34 AM
Ok, Thanks, this is very helpful. :)
Lamccainreed's comment, March 17, 2013 11:44 AM
For now, I think I'm curating just for myself.I'd love to find the time to make my efforts more useful for other people. This article offers some helpful guidance.
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Content Curation:Tips, Tactics, Tools & Techniques You Need To Know

Content Curation:Tips, Tactics, Tools & Techniques You Need To Know | Content Curation World | Scoop.it

For this month's Net2 Think Tank, we asked you to share your tips, resources, and ideas about curating content at your organization or enterprise. Below, read the curated list of the community responses we received - and share your own tips in the comments!

 

Topic: What are your best practices for curating content? Share your tips, tactics, tools, and techniques for effectively curating to serve your audience. And, if you've written about curation in the past, share the link with us!

 

Here's a quick working definition to get us started: Content curation focuses on using the web to highlight important information in situations where information overload may be a problem. Many organizations today are writing on the web regularly to communicate with their audience. At the same time, information pollution is an increasing problem for the consumers of that content. As Will Coley explains, "when organizations offer clarity amidst the noise, they build trust among supporters"

 

http://netsquared.org/blog/claire-sale/september-net2-think-tank-round-curating


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From Content Curation to People Curation

From Content Curation to People Curation | Content Curation World | Scoop.it

This post was written by Tony Karrer from Aggregage

 

He has some interesting things to say about an article he read by Ville Kilkku, which was all about the future of content curation, the title of the piece he's referring to in this post is "Klout, Triberr, paper.li, and the future of content curation".

 

Intro

 

He says,


"Reading this article made me realize that people curation should be a lot of what we are really talking about here. But before I get to that, let me step through what he talks about. He takes us through a few different models of content curation. I’m going to need to compare these to my post on Marketing via Aggregation, Filtering and Curation – Tools and Resources to see if this classification changes things."

 

He then talks about three major trends in content curation:

 

From individual content curators to crowdsourced content curation: Individuals cannot keep up with the pace of new content, even though they have better discovery tools than before. Crowdsourcing can, although it is not suitable for promoting radical new ideas: the dictatorship of the masses is unavoidably conservative.

 

From manual to semi-automated content curation: Individual content curators are forced to automate as much of the process as possible in order to stay relevant. From content curation to people curation: When there is too much content, you vet the content creators, manually or automatically. Those who pass get exposure for all of their content.

 

What caught my attention:

 

How do these trends interact? Social networking of the content creator is vitally important in order to create an audience as isolated content becomes increasingly difficult to discover and curation focuses on people instead of individual content. Build it, and they will come, is dead.

 

http://www.aggregage.com/blog/curation/people-curation


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Robin Good's comment, September 8, 2011 12:50 AM
Thank you Jani, as always good stuff.

I would like also to kindly ask you, if you feel so, to share your comment and advice to this post, which relates strongly to our curation work and to how the Scoop.it management handles our requests, feedback and us:
http://www.scoop.it/t/real-time-news-curation/p/435456801/should-scoop-it-and-other-curation-tools-credit-original-sources-it-seems-not-missing-source-element-and-link-inside-rss-feed

Many thanks in advance!
Karen Dietz's comment, September 10, 2011 9:36 AM
Great article -- thanks!
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In Selecting The Best News, Humans Beat Robots, at Last!

In Selecting The Best News, Humans Beat Robots, at Last! | Content Curation World | Scoop.it

Lots of people might know about this, some do not, no matter what, it's still good to see it in print.  Human curation works and will play a significant role on the web.

 

Excerpt: After almost a decade, Google is somewhat sheepishly admitting that humans are, well, useful after all.

 

What Google is embracing -- finally -- is the emergence of human curation as a central and critical editorial effort in the increasingly noisy web. Curation, it seems, trumps robots when it comes to both interestingness and editorial tone and voice.

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/steve-rosenbaum/google-news-humans-beat-r_b_926641.html


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The Curated Web

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Brittany Morin wrote this piece for the Huffington Post

 

I thought this was good article, great observations and a real grasp on curation and how to do it effectively. I'm going to refrain from reposting all the gems in this post  and instead give a commentary on something she said which I thought was a bit shortsighted.  

 

Here's what caught my attention:

 

"I believe that the people best poised to be curators of the Internet are those from the Facebook Generation -- the first generation of native web citizens, mainly people in their 20s or early 30s who have grown up with the web and can navigate, scour, synthesize and then publish the best of what's out there on a daily basis because they practically live online. It is our generation that will also be able to more easily understand where new opportunities lie because they can quickly pinpoint where the gaps are in content, services, and products."

 

My response:

 

She is right that people in their 20's or 30's are indeed well equipped to curate the web especially for their own age group as well as others for all the reasons she states.

 

Having said that, there are people of all ages who have been on the web for years, myself included, who have built relationships and have the ability to spot trends, gaps and potential opportunities. I seriously doubt that people in that age group know what people in their 40's, 50's & 60's might need in a trusted source or have access or the ability to ferret out every potential opportunity on the web. I would be careful about making global statements like that.

 

**What if people of all ages contributed to a topic together, can you imagine the collective intelligence that could come from that?

 

What will set a good curator apart from a person who just aggregates links is the context they can add.  Their perspective will have been gained through the humility and wisdom of life experience and can add great richness to the original content.  To be sure, I have met many wonderful GenYers who have these traits in abundance, but this is one area where a few extra years and a few extra miles can help.

 

Content is the new currency of the web, it is meant to be a door opener, to invite others into the conversation, building thought leadership and authority. The more people that contribute by giving comments or adding another level of context, not only does it add to our knowledge but it can build community.

 

I think there is an enormous opportunity for anyone who has the passion, knowledge expertise and committment to select the very best content, fact check for accuracy and is willing to put in the time to learn how to curate succesfully.

 

Commentary by Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Media & Beyond"

 

Read full article here: [http://huff.to/v7bGHt]


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Ove Christensen's comment, November 17, 2011 1:03 AM
Quality curation is not based on age gruoups but on engagement, openness, knowledge, context and a lot of other stuff - but claiming that a curators age is something of particular interest is rubbish to me.
janlgordon's comment, November 17, 2011 8:53 AM
Hi Ove, As you know I agree with you - curation is moving towards "collective intelligence" it's a wonderful time to expand our knowledge, build community and who knows what lies beyond the horizon.
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How Can We Build Better Filters for Growing Flows of Information?

How Can We Build Better Filters for Growing Flows of Information? | Content Curation World | Scoop.it

 Nicola Bruno, cofounder of Effecinque and a journalist fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford) goes the startup route "with the intent of being relentless hunters of news and human filters of information."...

 

Heres what got my attention:

 

As the digital flood sweeps into our lives every imaginable kind of information, much of it offering nothing more than a smoke screen to blur or distort our view, figuring this out is crucial.

 

Who or what can help us see beyond the smoke? Will software like Stats Monkey give us reason to believe that we are swimming only in facts with its mechanical certainty? And what will be the role of journalists in a media landscape in which reporters and news items are little more than commodities, and, in the case of reporters, a soon-to-be redundancy?

 

 

http://www.niemanlab.org/2011/09/from-nieman-reports-how-can-we-build-better-filters-for-growing-flows-of-information/


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Content Curation Is the New Community Builder

Content Curation Is the New Community Builder | Content Curation World | Scoop.it

Great post written by Eric Brown for Social Media Explorer - This is what caught my attention:

 

Curation — the act of human editors adding their work to the machines that gather, organize and filter content.

 

“Curation comes up when search stops working,” says author and NYU Professor Clay Shirky. But it’s more than a human-powered filter.

 

“Curation comes up when people realize that it isn’t just about information seeking, it’s also about synchronizing a community.”

 

Part of the reason that human curation is so critical is simply the vast number of people who are now making and sharing media.

 

“Everyone is a media outlet”, says Shirky. “The point of everyone being a media outlet is really not at all complicated. It just means that we can all put things out in the public view.


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