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Content Curation Guide

By Robin Good

Introduction

If you are interested in understanding what content curation is all about and where's its key value, you will find this material relevant to your learning goal. In this reading collection you can see how curation can be a fantastic instrument for learning, journalism and marketing, as it provides the means to create value, to find unique resources and to illustrate them, and in this process it showcases your competence and expertise on the matter (or the one of your company / organization).

Robin Good — New media explorer, communication designer, startup coach. Rome, Italy

Robin Good: “Today content curation is "sold", promoted and marketed as the latest and trendiest approach to content production, SEO visibility, reputation and traffic building. But is it really so? Is it really true that by aggregating many content sources and picking and republishing those news and stories that you deem great is really going to benefit you and your readers in the long run? Is the road to easy and effortless publishing via curation tools a true value creation business strategy, or just a risky fad? How can one tell?

2 What Makes A Great Curator Great? How To Distinguish High-Value Curation From Generic Republishing

Robin Good: “Back in Feberuary of this year Debbie Millman has interviewed Maria Popova, the curator of Brain Pickings, Literary Jukebox and the inventor of Curator's Code. 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.

5 What It Means To Be a Curator: Maria Popova, the Interview

Robin Good: “Here is a must read article by Zeh Fernandes, that wants to ignite an open discussion about "how the Google monopoly is affecting the way we search for and receive information on the internet". I think that this is a topic deserving the highest attention and I highly recommend to read in full this excellent article, especially to content curators, information librarians and any other individual concerned with our future ability to vet, organize and make sense of the ocean of information surrounding us.

6 The Evil Side of Google

Monge Han Cassio Oliveira"Don't be evil", says the official letter of Google's Initial Public Offering in 2004. It is used as an internal motto to the present day. It acts as common sense for a company that, being so powerful, lives constantly on the brink of being corrupted to the dark side of the force. Star Wars or not, awareness

Robin Good: “In this recent video interview that Howard Rheingold recorded with me, I introduce some of the basics of content curation, its role, importance and the characteristics, traits and tools required to do it properly. From there, I also explain the great opportunity and potential "trusted content and search curators" may have in the future of the Internet, as they may become our most trusted gateways to the information and sources we are looking for.

7 Content Curation And The Future Of Search: The Howard Rheingold's Interview

Robin Good: “If you are curating content, whether for the purpose of personal learning, or for creating a useful public information resource, your very first objective should be how can you add value to the existing information that you are going to work on. Harold Jarche, does a wonderful job of explaining in simple terms what's the difference between sharing on social media, reposting or making your bookmarks public, versus the actual vetting and selection of each individual content item in light of the context and objective for which it is being curated. The cherry on the pie from the author is an invaluable synthesis and bringing together of related items from Ross Dawson, Maria Popova and me, that allows you to scan and see at a glance 14 different ways in which you can truly add value to whichever set of information bits you are dealing with.

8 Most Important Thing in Content Curation: Adding Value - Here 14 Ways To Do It

Robin Good: “If you are curating content with the idea of saving time, posting more content and getting away with more traffic, greater visibility and ranking in Google, or if you are using some cheap content marketing tactics sold to you as "content curation" you probably don't even care whether what you are doing is "ethical" or not. Content curation is an ethical activity by definition, as it requires you to study, analyze, dissect, find patterns and relationships and to distill, personalize and contextualize them for your readers / viewers, while fully crediting and attributing all sources and relevant references.

9 Is Your Content Curation Ethical? A 10-Step Checklist

By Pawan Deshpande published November 22, 2013 Curation itself is nothing new - museums have used art curators for centuries - but online content curation is still in its early stages. The early years of the internet were like the "Wild West," and because it was so new, there were few ethical or legal guidelines to police behavior. With new

Robin Good: “This article illustrates why content curation is a relevant activity for anyone doing journalism.

10 'Curation,' and journalists as curators

'Curation,' and journalists as curatorsThe Latin root of the noun curator means "to care." We know the word primarily in connection with museum collections, which may make some folks think of dusty old boring things, or preserving history - and maybe that's not your idea of what journalists should be doing. But when Jeff Jarvis talks about "curation" - which

Robin Good: “Great examples of how content curation can be used by journalists.

11 Journalism *is* curation: tips on curation tools and techniques

Curation is a relatively new term in journalism, but the practice is as old as journalism itself. Every act of journalism is an act of curation: think of how a news report or feature selects and combines elements from a range of sources (first hand sources, background facts, first or second hand colour). Not only that: every act of publishing

Robin Good: “Content curation will play a major role both in the way we "teach" and in the way we educate ourselves on any topic. When and where it will be adopted, it will deeply affect many key aspects of the educational ecosystem. content-curation-education-learning-430-ss-69341932.jpg Photo credit: Red horizontal floral - Shutterstock This article, builds up over my recent presentation on Content Curation for Education that I delivered at Emerge2012 virtual conference. In that presentation I claimed that the adoption of "curation approaches" will directly affect the way competences are taught, how textbooks are put together, how students are going to learn about a subject, and more than anything, the value that can be generated for "others" through a personal learning path. If we learn not by memorizing facts, but by collaborating with others in the creation of a meaningful collection-explanations of specific topics/issues/events then, for the first time in history, we can enrich planetary knowledge each time we take on a new learning task. And it's already happening. Yes, we are only at the very early stages, but, in my humble opinion, there are enough signs and indications that this is not going to be something marginal. In this article I outline ten key factors, already at work, which, among others, will very likely pave the way for a much greater and rapid adoption of curation practices in the educational / academic world.

12 Why Curation Will Transform Education and Learning: 10 Key Reasons

13 Teaching Students to Become Curators of Ideas: The Curation Project

I know a lot of people view curation as a buzz word devoid of meaning, but I like the metaphor! I think it beautifully captures the process we need to go through to best make sense of the vast amount of information available on the web. Of course, it doesn't help that a lot of people use the word curation

14 Students Becoming Curators of Information?

Images like the following ones, visualize for me the urgency for all of us to become information literate to wade through the incredible, ever increasing, amount of information being created and shared with the world. We are with no doubt in the age of information overload and IN DIRE NEED of knowing how to filter in order to get to

15 15 Lesson Plans For Making Students Better Online Researchers

Google is usually one of the first places students turn to when tasked with an assignment. Whether it's for research, real-time results, or just a little digital exploration ... it's important they know how to properly Google. Lucky for teachers (and students, of course), Google has a handy set of lesson plans that are just waiting to be unleashed upon

16 Students as Digital Curators of World Language Resources

On December 5th, 2013, Catherine Ousselin hosted an In perusing the shelves of my school library, I realized that there were no language or culture-specific resources available. If I were to send the students to a university library, they might be able to find what they need in the language, but that is not not an option where I teach.

Robin Good: “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. curation-tools-selection-criteria-masternewmedia.jpg Photo credit: Hand filling out checklist on clipboard with a pen by Shutterstock To the superficial eye, many such curation tools also appear to be very similar to one another, especially if evaluated exclusively from the type of news streams or visual collections that can be produced with them. On the other hand it is not realistic for someone to go out and test each and every one of the available solutions. For these reasons, it is quite difficult and time consuming to select and identify the most appropriate content curation tool for a specific need and as a consequence most rely on the tools they have tried and that satisfy their basic needs but remain quite ignorant about what options they are leaving on the table only because they have not yet tried them. The most limiting factor of all, in making an effective selection when it comes to content curation tools is the lack of a proper evaluation framework, identifying the specific requirements and needs that need to be met by the content curation tool to be selected. As I have been testing and trying out most of the content curation tools available out there (the only exceptions are a few of the enterprise level solutions and products which generally refuse to let an outsider like me test and report publicly on their products and pricing strategy) I have been able to gradually identify and organize a detailed list of all the features and technical issues you may want to check against before adopting any such curation tool. I did this to facilitate my own work as a content curation technologies evaluator, and with this goal in mind, I have started listing down and grouping together a growing number of features that I generally want to systematically test and verify when I evaluate or compare any two or more curation tools. I am now publicly sharing this list of selection criteria, complemented by relevant questions to be asked when verifying the availability of these features to help both individuals, small organizations and companies evaluate better, and in a more systematic fashion, their ideal content curation toolset.

17 Content Curation Tools: 21 Criteria To Select And Evaluate Your Ideal One

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. Photo credit: Hand filling out checklist on clipboard with a pen by Shutterstock To the superficial eye, many such curation tools also appear to be very

Robin Good: “Content curation tools are in their infancy. Nonetheless you see so many of them around, there are more new curation tools coming your way soon, with lots of new features and options. Existing content curation services will in fact need to start rolling up their sleeves as the next wave of offerings will significantly go well beyond what is possible with present day tools.

18 The Future Of Content Curation Tools - Part I

Content curation tools are in their infancy. Nonetheless you see so many of them around, there are more new curation tools coming your way soon, with lots of new features and options. Existing content curation services will in fact need to start rolling up their sleeves as the next wave of offerings will significantly go well beyond what is possible

Robin Good: “In the coming months and years, I expect content curation tools are going to play a very important role in many different fields. From news journalism, to content development, to learning and education, ecommerce and tourism, there are plenty of areas that have a common need: to better organize the huge (and growing) amount information they have available, in a way that makes it more effective to be consumed, explored and comprehended by others. content-curation-tools-future-p2-400.jpg Photo credit: 3D colorful abstract by ShutterStock This common, vast growing need for organizing and skillfully presenting information sets, is being addressed by content curation tools that facilitate exactly the task of finding, organizing and presenting in effective ways, sets, streams or collections of content already available out there. In Part II of this guide, devoted to explore the traits, trends and features that will characterize future content curations tools, I continue my humble exploration of what I have identified as possible areas for betterment, innovation and improvement of content curation tools, by identifying and describing some of those that appear most needed.

19 The Future Of Content Curation Tools - Part II

In the coming months and years, I expect content curation tools are going to play a very important role in many different fields. From news journalism, to content development, to learning and education, ecommerce and tourism, there are plenty of areas that have a common need: to better organize the huge (and growing) amount information they have available, in a

21 Real-Time News Curation - The Complete Guide Part 2: Aggregation Is Not Curation

We are no longer just consumers of content, we have become curators of it too. In Part 1 of this Guide I have introduced why we really need real-time news curation and what is the basic idea behind it (Part 1 - Real-Time News Curation, Newsmastering And Newsradars - The Complete Guide Part 1: Why We Need It). In Part

Robin Good: “What are the tasks involved in the real-time news curation process? What does exactly a news curator do?

22 Real-Time News Curation - The Complete Guide Part 3: Types And Real-World Examples

What's more important? To save editors time and abilities in finding and reporting the most relevant stories so that they can dwell more on content production, or to leverage to-the-max the power of new media technologies such as automated aggregators, search engines, or social analysis tools, to extract on auto-pilot the best content and news available out there? Photo credit:

Robin Good: “What are the tasks involved in the real-time news curation process? What does exactly a news curator do?

23 Real-Time News Curation - The Complete Guide Part 4: Process, Key Tasks, Workflow

Which are the key tasks a real-time news curator has to be responsible for? I have received a lot of emails from readers asking to illustrate more clearly what the actual typical tasks of a news curator are, and what are the tools that someone would need to use to carry them out. In Part 4 and 5 of this

Robin Good: “What skills do I need to have if I want to be an effective real-time news curator? Can I just pick the best headlines and links on my topic of interest or do I need to do know / do more? What makes a great news curator stand out from those who do automatic aggregation or from bloggers who create simple news stories lists?

24 Real-Time News Curation - The Complete Guide Part 5: The Curator Attributes And Skills

What skills do I need to have if I want to be an effective real-time news curator? Can I just pick the best headlines and links on my topic of interest or do I need to do know / do more? What makes a great news curator stand out from those who do automatic aggregation or from bloggers who create

Robin Good: “What tools do I need to do "content curation"? Do I need a different technology if I want to curate the news and not the rest? How about if I want to curate only video clips. Is there something just for that? How many "curation" tools are out there and what are the key differences among them?

25 Real-Time News Curation - The Complete Guide Part 6: The Tools Universe

What tools do I need to do "content curation"? Do I need a different technology if I want to curate the news and not the rest? How about if I want to curate only video clips. Is there something just for that? How many " curation" tools are out there and what are the key differences among them? Photo credit:

Robin Good: “What are the business opportunities for real-time news and content curation? Are there key business drivers that companies can leverage to build new added-value content services? What are the major trends that will be driving the content curation marketplace? How will newspaper and magazines take advantage of such new emerging business models to keep their business afloat?

26 Real-Time News Curation - The Complete Guide Part 7: Business Applications And Trends

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