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Robin Good's insight:
Find out what Maria thinks curation is all about (How do we make sense of the world we through stuff and through objects - whether physical or metaphysical) and why she has become so interested in it.
Maria is a fantastic and highly prolific content curator producing three original posts and between 60 to 70 tweets a day.
Specific interview points I suggest you listen to:
-> 24':30" for combinatorial creativity and the first recorded examples of content curation as a form authroship
-> 27':16" Curation - Do you define yourself a curator?
-> 28':00" Curators don't design, they organize
-> 28':50" What is curation
-> 29':19" Curation and pattern recognition
-> 37':45" The importance of discovery - why attribution matters
Original audio interview: https://soundcloud.com/designmatters/maria-popova
More interesting interviews: Design Matters Podcast
Robin Good: Participatory culture writer and book author Henry Jenkins interviews cyberculture pioneer Howard Rheingold (Net Smart, 2012) by asking him to explain some of the concepts that have helped him become a paladin of the and "new literacies" so essential for survival in the always-on information-world we live in today.
This is part three of a long and in-depth interview (Part 2, Part 1) covering key concepts and ideas as the value of "community" and "networks", the architecture of participation, affinity working spaces, and curation.
Howard Rheingold: "...at the fundamental level, curation depends on individuals making mindful and informed decisions in a publicly detectable way.
Certainly just clicking on a link, “liking” or “plussing” an item online, adding a tag to a photograph is a lightweight element that can be aggregated in valuable ways (ask Facebook).
But the kind of curation that is already mining the mountains of Internet ore for useful and trustworthy nuggets of knowledge, and the kind that will come in the future, has a strong literacy element.
Curators don’t just add good-looking resources to lists, or add their vote through a link or like, they summarize and contextualize in their own words, explicitly explain why the resource is worthy of attention, choose relevant excerpts, tag thoughtfully, group resources and clearly describe the grouping criteria."
In other words, "curators" are the ones creating the metadata needed to empower our emerging collective intelligence.
Curation Is The Social Choice About What Is Worth Paying Attention To.
Good stuff. In-depth. Insightful. 8/10
"...I consume a lot of information across an incredibly wide spectrum of disciplines and sources, always aiming to synthesize the meaningful and connect it with something else for a larger portrait of what matters in the world."
Robin Good's insight:
Maria Popova is the editor of Brain PIckings, a unique blog site cum newsletter that curates stories and articles from the web that stimulate the mind of the curious and which provide insight into the type of culture we live in.
In an excellent 2010 interview written by Chris Allison, Maria explains what she defines as curation and how she goes about it in her every day work.
Every piece of content on Brain Pickings is hand-picked for embodying the sort of cultural interestingness at the core of our curatorial vision – it’s creative, compelling and makes a meaningful contribution to the world; it offers a justification to be curious and enriches you in the process of indulging that curiosity."
Maria also provides great examples of curation at work, and explains how all of the advertising on her site is "pro bono" and fitting her objective of curating in full the reader experience. In other words, Maria curates which ads are showcased on her site by selecting those reflecting companies and products she actually believes in for free.
She also provides a valuable, and much valid to this day, vision for the future of curation and curators. Niche specialization, is in this case, the name of the game.
Very interesting. Insightful. Resourceful. 8/10
Check also the Flipboard interview with Maria Popova here: http://inside.flipboard.com/2010/12/31/flipboard-favorite-2010-interview-with-maria-popova/