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18 May 2012

Web Content Curation

Web content curation is the process of identifying, organizing and sharing the best and most relevant content on a specific topic or issue online.

Doing a Google search is one way to find information you're interested in on the Internet, but starting your search with the results of someone else's search might be more quicker, and lead you to better results more quickly.  How do you do that?  Build a network of sources that you trust.

This is the first in a series of videos explaining the shifts we're seeing in the world of content creation. Curation has exploded with the growth of Twitter, Tumblr and now Pinterest. In this video, we wanted to try to get into the heads of some of our favorite curators to understand what makes them tick.

Featured curators include:
Maria Popova (http://twitter.com/brainpicker)
Joanne McNeil (http://twitter.com/rhizomedotorg)
Peter Hopkins (http://twitter.com/bigthink)
Edith Zimmerman (http://thehairpin.com/)
Anthony De Rosa (http://soupsoup.tumblr.com)
Rex Sorgatz (http://twitter.com/fimoculous)
Piers Fawkes (http://psfk.com)
Tina Roth Eisenberg (http://swiss-miss.com)

"Content curation is the process of sorting through the vast amounts of content on the web and presenting it in a meaningful and organized way around a specific theme. The work involves sifting, sorting, arranging, and publishing information. A content curator cherry picks the best content that is important and relevant to share with their community. It isn’t unlike what a museum curator does to produce an exhibition: They identify the theme, they provide the context, they decide which paintings to hang on the wall, how they should be annotated, and how they should be displayed for the public." (Link)

Beth Kantor has created this chart to summarize the 3 S's of content curation: Seek, Sense and Share.
How can you curate a collection for yourself, or for your students or colleagues?
The difference between the two groups is that you choose all the sites you bookmark on Diigo and Delicious,  whereas Scoop.it and Paper.li offer you sources of information about a topic you choose, and you weed out the sources you're not interested.