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The Ten Key Fundamental Steps To Become a Good Content Curator

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If you are new to content curation here the ten, key fundamental steps you need to take to out yourself on the right course. 


Content curation is not about saving time. It is about selecting, organizing, adding value and context, and finally about effectively presenting information on a specific topic to a selected group of people. 


Here the ten key steps to take to effetively curate content, visualized by the great team at Scoop.it.


Slideshare presentation: http://www.slideshare.net/Scoopit/10-tips-to-curate-like-a-rockstar 




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Joyce Valenza's curator insight, February 5, 7:35 AM

New inspiration!

John M. Lee's curator insight, February 7, 5:30 PM

Smart advice here

Rhondda Powling's curator insight, February 18, 3:06 AM

Useful explanation

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Content Curation Tools Buyer's Guide: 21 Criteria To Identify Your Ideal One

Content Curation Tools Buyer's Guide: 21 Criteria To Identify Your Ideal One | Content Curation World | Scoop.it
Nonetheless we are just at the beginning of a new era, in which content curation will be as important as search, there is already an apparent abundance of content curation tools of all kinds.
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Evaluating which content curation tool to use may not be such an easy task. As you probably know there are literally hundreds of content curation tools out there, and many seem to be just clones of each other, leaving the novice curator in doubt as to what are the real differences between each one.


A good starting point to select anything is to know well what you are looking for and what you need it for, as your needs and objectives will shape the features and traits that your ideal tool will need to have.


In this article I have tried to simplify this job for you by listing 21 different things you may need your content curation tool to do, that you can use to check and compare the curation tools you have pre-identified. 


For each selection criteria I have also added a few specific questions that should help you make even more sense of what you need to look for.


Full article: http://www.masternewmedia.org/content-curation-tools-selection-criteria-to-evaluate/ 


See also: Content curation tools supermap




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Lori Wilk's curator insight, February 2, 10:21 PM

This article details that there are so many aspects of content curation to consider and tools that can make each of these more managable and the process more efficient. 

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thirthe's curator insight, March 24, 7:05 AM

vale la pena el esfuerzo.

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The Pinterest Publishing Guide for Authors and Media Sites [PDF]

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An excellent reference guide for anyone looking to learn how to extract the best from Pinterest while having lots of relevant examples at hand.


Lots of usefu tips and references.


Useful. Resourceful. 8/10



Full guide: http://www.scribd.com/doc/170630453/Tips-for-writers-and-media-organizations-on-Pinterest 






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jmwakasege's comment, October 1, 2013 1:20 AM
how come you always get good stuff, I real appreciate the value you bring. And for this one, it's a life saver.
Dan Aldridge's curator insight, October 1, 2013 9:58 AM

Excellent tips for journalists and writers of all stripes on how to use Pinterest.

Andy Birkitt's curator insight, October 2, 2013 4:22 AM

Another great resource

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From Creating To Sense-Making: That's What Curation Is All About

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Elizabeth Weaver Engel and Jeff De Cagna are the authors of a small but very useful guide to Content Curation originally written for membership groups, and first published in November 2012.


The guide offers a good introduction to why content curation is so important, how it can help any organization and what are the key things to know about it for anyone who knows little or nothing about it.


From the original PDF guide, entitled "Attention Doesn't Scale: The Role of Content Curation in Membership Associations":


"Content curation provides a potential path to a new type of thought leadership, one that is more suited to a world where information is no longer the scarce resource. Focus is. Meaning is. Wisdom is.


But that type of support will require a signicant shift in our business models.


For decades, associations have been in the business of generating information.


Our challenge now is to transform ourselves into being in the business of sense-making, helping members distinguish what new information is most relevant and integrate that information into their mental categories, and meaning-making, helping them understand the implications of that  new information for their worldviews."


Lots of good tips, references and relevant resources listed. Provides good foundational reference for any serious business reader.


Good intro to content curation. Resourceful. Informative. 8/10


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Attention Doesn't Scale (PDF) - http://www.getmespark.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/AttentionDoesntScale-Whitepaper-Nov2012.pdf

(9 pages)


YouTube video: http://youtu.be/IWbFI_ny9fY
(The Role of Content Curation in Associations:
Interview With Elizabeth Engel
) by Brian Kelly of AssociationMaves.com

(23':41")



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Freddy Monteiro's curator insight, June 23, 2013 8:01 AM

Will content curation shape the way we rank scientific journals/articles?

Stephen Dale's curator insight, June 26, 2013 7:26 AM

With almost anyone now able to generate and publish content, finding relevance (signal to noise) is precoccupying knowledge workers everywhere. Sense-making, new media literacy and the ability to understand concepts across a wide range of disciplines are ctitical skills for the content curator in cutting through the noise to find that all important signal. Effective content curation will help us to focus and make sense of our complex and ambiguous world, to understand context and ultimately to make better decisons. 

Mary Clark's curator insight, July 5, 2013 5:24 PM

Good stuff on the last page about essential job skills and curation skills.  

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The Basic Flipboard Curation Guide

The Basic Flipboard Curation Guide | Content Curation World | Scoop.it
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Flipboard, as you probably already know, is a great app (available on iOS and Android) which not only allows you to read and keep yourself updated on your favorite topics in a fresh and highly visual experience, but, since recently, it also offers you the ability to become a "curator" of whatever topic you are into.


Your job is simply to pick great stuff you stumble upon and to save it into the appropriate magazine you have created. It's not conceptually much different than clicking a Facebook "like" button and adding your comment, but we the added option of generating in the meanwhile a beautifully laid out digital magazine.


The secret here, to do something that it is of some value, it is to choose on a very specific "theme/topic" and to get picky about what you choose to publish in your magazine(s).

In this useful article Sue Waters collects and curates some of the best tips, video tutorials and techniques to make the best of your Flipboard curation experience in a step-by-step guide.



Useful. Resourceful. Media-rich. 8/10


Full guide: http://theedublogger.com/2013/06/12/flipboard/




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Stephen Dale's curator insight, June 16, 2013 5:05 AM

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Flipboard (an App available for iOS and Android) is my favourite app for consuming and sharing inrormation. Relevence is improved by being able to choose the topics you want to follow, and liking or favouriting specific articles.

 

The recent addition of the Flipboard Editort now enables you to create and curate your own magazine, which you can share with others, or keep simply as a place for bookmarking.

 

In this article, Sue Waters provides a step by step guide on how to use and make the most of the Flipboard features. 

Nick Mortel's curator insight, June 21, 2013 7:32 AM

add your insight...

MTD's curator insight, June 24, 2013 4:10 AM

We like Scoopit, but Flipboard is good too. Take a look!

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How To Setup Your Curation Channel on Scoop.it: A Mini-Guide by Shirley Williams

How To Setup Your Curation Channel on Scoop.it: A Mini-Guide by Shirley Williams | Content Curation World | Scoop.it

Robin Good: If you are just about to start testing how effective a content curation tool like Scoop.it can be for building your own reputation and visibility in a specific interest area, this 10-step guide by Shirley Williams does provide some important information on how to start with the proper foot.

 

The guide is illustrated with many screenshots and it pinpoints the key items you need to be paying attention to when starting to curate a dedicated channel.

 

Informative. Useful for novices. 7/10

 

Full mini-guide: http://socialmediapearls.com/10-steps-to-curate-your-social-media-content-with-scoop-it-for-increased-value


Via Shirley Williams (XeeMe.com/ShirleyWilliams)
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Ken Morrison's comment, May 21, 2012 3:32 AM
Hi students (and visitors). If you are having trouble with your profile photo changing every time that you post a new scoop, you can fix it by following these directions that a representative from Scoop.it sent me:
Indeed there's a setting to avoid that. Tell your students that on their Curate page, click on Manage>Customizations>untick "Last Post Image" box and click on Save.
Ken Morrison's comment, September 29, 2012 9:34 PM
Thank you for the rescoop. It looks like you have a great site. If I spoke Spanish, I would follow it.
Robin Good's comment, September 30, 2012 2:41 AM
Hi Ken, no need to speak Spanish to follow me or read my stuff.
Just check:
http://www.masternewmedia.org

;-)
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Curate Your Own Wiki-Guide with the Wikipedia Book Create Tool

Help:Books - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

There are almost no limits when creating books from Wikipedia content. A good book focuses on a certain topic and covers it as well as possible. A meaningful title helps other users to have the correct expectation regarding the content of a book.

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Few people know that it is actually possible to curate Wikipedia content into custom print books or PDF / OpenDocument ebooks that contain exactly the content you want in the order you specify.


Once you are logged into Wikipedia you simply activate the Book Creator Tool and then, from that moment on, everytime you visit a Wikipedia page you can click and add it to your curated Wiki-Book.


There is also a dedicated wiki page where you can manage the pages you have collected and you can reorganized and sort them any way you want, eliminating the pages you don't need.


Unfortunately there is no integrated way to edit and further customize the content of those pages for your own use.


PDF versions are freely downloadable by anyone, print book versions are paid.


N.B.: The price for print books depends on the number of pages, starting with US$ 7.90 for books up to 100 pages. 10% of the gross sales price goes to the Wikimedia Foundation. Books are perfect bound, printed in the dimensions 8.5 inch x 5.5 inch (216 mm x 140 mm) and contain a table of contents, your chapters and articles, licensing information next to an index.

 

More info about printed versions: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:Books/Frequently_Asked_Questions 


Free to use.


Learn everything about it: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:Books 


Video tutorial: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/91/Enwp_screencast4.theora.ogv 






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Bettina Ascaino's curator insight, January 25, 7:16 AM

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Few people know that it is actually possible to curate Wikipedia content into custom print books or PDF / OpenDocument ebooks that contain exactly the content you want in the order you specify.

 

Once you are logged into Wikipedia you simply activate the Book Creator Tool and then, from that moment on, everytime you visit a Wikipedia page you can click and add it to your curated Wiki-Book.

 

There is also a dedicated wiki page where you can manage the pages you have collected and you can reorganized and sort them any way you want, eliminating the pages you don't need.

 

Unfortunately there is no integrated way to edit and further customize the content of those pages for your own use.

 

PDF versions are freely downloadable by anyone, print book versions are paid.

 

N.B.: The price for print books depends on the number of pages, starting with US$ 7.90 for books up to 100 pages. 10% of the gross sales price goes to the Wikimedia Foundation. Books are perfect bound, printed in the dimensions 8.5 inch x 5.5 inch (216 mm x 140 mm) and contain a table of contents, your chapters and articles, licensing information next to an index.

 

More info about printed versions: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:Books/Frequently_Asked_Questions ;

 

Free to use.

 

Learn everything about it: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:Books ;

 

Video tutorial: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/91/Enwp_screencast4.theora.ogv ;

 

 

MCLibrarianRMIT's curator insight, January 27, 10:04 PM

It's worth keeping in mind that some 'publishers' try to sell books based entirely on Wikipedia content. 

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Fine-Tune Your Google Searches To Find Exactly What You Need: The 10 Search Modifiers You Must Know By Heart

Fine-Tune Your Google Searches To Find Exactly What You Need: The 10 Search Modifiers You Must Know By Heart | Content Curation World | Scoop.it
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Even though Google has become very good at understanding and providing relevant results for many popular queries, many search users are getting lazy and taking those results as currency. 


John Ball writes on Search Engine Land: "People don’t think, analyze, or really even understand how search works anymore. They just assume it will work and they’ll get the results they need. 


This is a very real trend, and likely to continue."


And he goes on: "For example, consider Google Now — no searching required, just results you’re likely to need and can further refine. Also, consider Google Glass. Glass doesn’t even support advanced searching — it’s all short, to-the-point answers, likely based on the Knowledge Graph, which is rapidly expanding."


If you are a journalist, researcher or content curator, you are likely uninterested in such auto-selected results and prefer to dig, explore more and vet before drawing a conclusion.


To go beyond the surface of Google forcedly limited search spectrum, it is of great help to be able to use Google search modifiers. These are manual commands that you can insert in your search queries and that allow you to ask to Google to bring you the results you want in the way you want it.


If you are not familiar with these or have not been using them in a while, I do suggest to scan through them again as they can be real life-savers in many a situation. 


Very useful for any good journalist, researcher or curator.


Useful. Good examples. 8/10


Full article: http://searchengineland.com/top-10-search-modifiers-why-they-matter-what-they-are-how-to-use-them-173343 





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Maureen Greenbaum's comment, November 5, 2013 7:55 AM
I left this comment I think you are wrong about AND - that is Google's default<br>see https://support.google.com/web...<br>You need OR if you want either term but Google does AND automatically otherwise<br>@sumware
Conrad Albertson's comment, November 5, 2013 9:22 AM
Maureen, I agree. Google does use AND as the default. In their defense, I believe the confusion is because not all searches do. Some still use OR. Check out this article about this person disappointed when a different search did not work until they used Google http://meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/22388/why-or-operator-by-default-in-search
Elsie Whitelock's curator insight, November 17, 2013 10:34 AM

Some google search modifiers to help focus your search

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Content Curation for Startups: What Is It, Why and How To Use It

Content Curation for Startups: What Is It, Why and How To Use It | Content Curation World | Scoop.it
Find out the basics of content curation including its definition, and how to perform successful content curation.
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Good introductory article to content curation for startups: what it is, why and how to do it and what to focus on. 


The advice is good as well as the few examples provided. 


An excellent definition of content curators is also included: "Essentially, a content curator acts as a go-between publishers and readers. Think of them as personal trainers who not only tell you what to eat, but also deliver the best foods right to your doorstep."



Good reading for startuppers. 8/10


Full article: http://growthdevil.com/content-curation-grow-your-startup/ 






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Randy Bauer's comment, September 25, 2013 9:56 AM
Robin Good comes through with another great find, delivering the "Good's" to the door. Thanks
Robin Good's comment, September 25, 2013 10:05 AM
Thank you Randy, happy you found this one useful too.
Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, March 10, 12:14 PM

Content Curation for Startups: What Is It, Why and How To Use It

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How To Find Great Relevant Content for Your Niche Audience

How To Find Great Relevant Content for Your Niche Audience | Content Curation World | Scoop.it
Content curation: tools to help you find and share great content from other people alongside your own content.
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Ian Cleary on Social Media Examiner has published a useful guide on how to use Feedly, Newsle and Scoop.it to find and discover great relevant content to curate and share with your industry readers.


The guide has been written for the content marketing type, looking specifically for solutions that allow to find interesting content more easily and to spend less time doing this.



Useful. Pragmatical. Broadly illustrated. 8/10


Full guide: http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/3-tools-to-find-great-content-to-share/



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Alfredo Corell's curator insight, June 30, 2013 7:38 AM

Useful, simple and direct. I've started using it

Jeff Domansky's curator insight, July 1, 2013 2:25 PM

Tools highlighted include Scoop.it, Newsle and Feedly.

AraujoFredy's curator insight, July 2, 2013 10:32 AM
Cómo encontrar contenido relevante para su audiencia de nichoDesde www.socialmediaexaminer.com - 1 de julio de 13:55
Curaduría de contenidos: herramientas para ayudarle a encontrar y compartir un gran contenido de otras personas junto con su propio contenido.
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How To Curate Digital Collections and Aggregations | DH Curation Guide

How To Curate Digital Collections and Aggregations | DH Curation Guide | Content Curation World | Scoop.it

Robin Good: A valuable resource for anyone interested in the creation, organization and preservation of digital collections for the humanities, is this curated selection of resources and citations made available by the DH Curation Guide.


"The DH Curation Guide is a compilation of articles that address aspects of data curation in the digital humanities.


The goal of the DH Curation Guide is to direct readers to trusted resources with enough context from expert editors and the other members of the research community to indicate to how these resources might help them with their own data curation challenges."


DH Curation Guide: http://guide.dhcuration.org/index.html



Of particular interest in this collection:


The concept of collection from the user’s perspective

by H. L. Lee.


A framework for contextual information in digital collections

by Lee, C. A.


Thematic Research Collections

by Palmer, C. L.


A framework of guidance for building good digital collections

by NISO Framework Advisory Group



Full guide: http://guide.dhcuration.org/collections/

(Image credit: http://www.achome.co.uk/)

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The Practical Mini-Guide for Content Curators: What You Really Need To Pay Attention To

The Practical Mini-Guide for Content Curators: What You Really Need To Pay Attention To | Content Curation World | Scoop.it

Robin Good: Kenneth Lange on his blog does really an excellent job of synthesizing the key things you need to pay attention to if you are starting to seriously consider "curation" as a content production format.


From trust to focus and infrequency, Mr Lange touches on all the very and most sensitive points a content curator should be sensitive too.


 Clear, synthetic, to the point. 


A recommended reading. 9/10


Full article: http://www.kennethlange.com/content_curation.html 

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Kenneth Lange's comment, April 6, 2012 7:27 AM
Thanks Robin for sharing this and your kind words.