What is curation
When I read a post like the one written by the always-on-and-everywhere Robert Scoble, “ The Seven Needs of Real-Time Curators ,” I want to say, “Curation just isn’t the right word to describe what we’re doing here.” Believe me, I know I’m guilty of using it, but please, what can I do to help it go away? Says Robert:
Over the years, social networks have lured us from the confines of our existing realities into a new genre of digital domains that not only captivated us, but fostered the creation of new realities. As George Bernard Shaw observed, “Life is not about finding yourself, life is about creating yourself.” Such is true for social networks and the digital persona and resulting experiences we create and cultivate. It was the beginning of the shift in behavior toward an era of digital extroversion, self-defined by varying degrees of sharing, connections, and engagement. On Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, et al., we were attracted by the promise of reigniting forgotten relationships and enamored by the sparking of new connections.
Two posts brought to my attention the discussion starting to take root about the worlds of content aggregation versus content curation.
Content curation is the organizing, filtering and “making sense of” information on the web and sharing the very best pieces of content that you’ve cherry picked with your network. But finding and organizing the information is only half of the task. As Mari Smith points out in this video about why curation is important and some tools for doing it .
March 31, 2011 | 26 Comments Curation has always been an underrated form of creation. The Getty Center in Los Angeles is one of the most frequently visited museums in America – and started as a private art collection from one man (J. Paul Getty) who had a passion for art.
"Curation taps the vast, agile, engaged human power of the web. It finds signal in the noise." - Steve Rosenbaum
In the beginning there was curation, and it was good. People found interesting things on the web, created directories of those things, and then you found what you were looking for inside those curated lists. That was the origins of the original lists and directories, from Yahoo on outward. But then that got too hard. The web got bigger faster than anyone could keep track. Curation steadily gave way to algorithmic search, which at first was just spidering of the web, and then more intelligent spidering with keywords.
We’ve all heard the phrase, typically uttered by agencies and ‘social media experts’, “Content is King”. This proclamation throughout the industry is the crux of a main challenge faced by fashion and luxury brands in particular. For brands so deeply rooted in exclusivity, serving up a wide array of ongoing content in a public arena presents quite the conundrum.
Remix culture is a society that allows and encourages derivative works by combining or editing existing materials to produce a new product. [ 1 ] A remix culture would be, by default, permissive efforts to improve upon, change, integrate, or otherwise remix the work of copyright holders. In his book Remix , Lawrence Lessig , a Harvard law professor, presents this as a desirable idea. Progress and wealth creation of a culture is fundamentally tied to remixing.
Definition: A video curator has a knack for finding the gems in mountain of online video. Video curators watch hundreds of videos, gather the best video in playlists on YouTube or another website, and distributes the channel to a network of fans. The best video curators have a keen interest in the subjects that their video channels cover. You'll find video curation channels focused on everything from skateboarding to kittens, fast cars to knitting.
Posted by Tom Foremski - May 16, 2011 There seems to be quite a few people in marketing that look upon "curation" as an inexpensive and quick way to get content onto a site. After all, how hard can it be to collect a few links and publish them?