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Robert Scoble On Online Curation - Blog The Baloney Detection Kit: Carl Sagan’s Rules for Bullshit-Busting and Critical Thinking By Maria Popova Carl Sagan was many things — a cosmic sage, voracious reader, hopeless romantic, and brilliant philosopher. But above all, he endures as our era’s greatest patron saint of reason and common sense, a master of the vital balance between skepticism and openness. In The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark (public library) — the same indispensable volume that gave us Sagan’s timeless meditation on science and spirituality, published mere months before his death in 1996 — Sagan shares his secret to upholding the rites of reason, even in the face of society’s most shameless untruths and outrageous propaganda. Through their training, scientists are equipped with what Sagan calls a “baloney detection kit” — a set of cognitive tools and techniques that fortify the mind against penetration by falsehoods: The kit is brought out as a matter of course whenever new ideas are offered for consideration. Sagan ends the chapter with a necessary disclaimer:

Content curation: computers and humans creating collaborative intelligence We don’t have a problem of “information overload”… we have a problem of “filter failure”. And even as you’re reading this massive money is being spent to create better filters. And the best filters are those which allow humans and computers to both do what they do best… in a new thing called “collaborative intelligence”. Content Curation. We’re starting to hear about it all over the place! I think it’s pretty simple. It could be said that most journalists are really content curators. Many bloggers do that. If you’re a fellow bloggers, you have a success formula if all you so is faithfully bring your readers up-to-date curated content on a given niche or subject-matter. I’ll have more to say on this in the coming weeks and months. Karan Bavandi is the founder of (a curation platform I’m still figuring out). Here are a couple of good slide decks on the topic. Shel Holtz is a very well known marketing dude online, and he’s all over curation too…

(1) What are the best content curation tools for daily use curator's ǝpoɔ Content Curation Is Listening and Engaging 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. Last week, I helped launch a peer exchange for Packard Foundation for Children’s Health Insurance grantees with Spitfire Communications (creators of the SMART chart). Bruce Lesley is one of a growing number of nonprofit executive directors and senior leaders that use Twitter. First Focus is working to change the dialogue around children’s issues by taking a cross-cutting and broad based approach to federal policy making. If you take a look at Bruce Lesley’s Twitter stream, you will see that he is curating information on public policies impacting children. What do the experts say? “If you want more followers, you have to follow better people. Content Curation: Copyright, Ethics & Fair Use >>Click here to download the eBook. The most common and fundamental questions that come up whenever I talk about content curation (especially in the context of content marketing) is, “How can you use other people’s content? How does that work with copyright, fair use, and more generally ethics?” This is a topic that I have covered before in earlier blog posts, but since it’s central to curation, it is worth revisiting once again. Interests of the Three Parties Involved Before we dive into specific recommendations on best practices, let’s take a look at the interests of the three parties involved when it comes to content curation: The publisher – the individual, publication or other entity who has created original content. The curator – The curator is the person or organization who wants to curate the content of the publisher and promote to their audience. The audience – Lastly, we have the audience who wants to consume the best and most relevant content in a convenient manner. Fair Use

The 5 Models Of Content Curation 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. Aside from a few well known examples like this one, however, the term curation has rarely been used outside of the world of art … until now. One of the hottest trends in social media right now is content curation – thanks in no small part to the leading efforts of several thought leaders actively promoting the idea. What Is Content Curation? Back in 2009 I published a blog post called the “Manifesto For The Content Curator” which predicted that this role would be one of the fastest growing and most important jobs of the future. Content Curation is a term that describes the act of finding, grouping, organizing or sharing the best and most relevant content on a specific issue. The 5 Models Of Content Curation Additional Posts About Content Curation:

Internet Billboards The Power of Content Management Inbound Advertising How Nonprofits Get Significant Value from Content Curation Harold Jarche (Click for Original Article) On December 17 at 6:30 pm, I am facilitating a discussion and presenting at one of Scoop.It’s “Lean Content” events in San Francisco. The topic is “The Unanticipated Benefits of Content Curation for Nonprofits.” Content curation is sifting through information on the web and organizing, filtering and making sense of it and sharing the very best content with your network. Rather than another potential recipe for information overload, content curation can be a method for self-directed learning that builds your expertise while enhancing your organization’s brand and content strategy. Content curation can empower us to learn more and use that knowledge to get deeper impact for our nonprofit’s programs. Content curation is not about sharing links as you find them. Jarche mentions some techniques from three different curators on how to add value. Ross Dawson’s Five ways of Adding Value How do make sense of information you curate?

Content Explosion And Content Curation We all know that there is a content explosion on the web. Everyone can publish content on the web today, search engines reward fresh and quality content but as a SEO strategy every Tom, Dick and Harry is adding content to their blog, website, posting comments and getting involved in discussions. Some do this with a focus on quality information and knowledge which is the main purpose but sometimes content is just added for the sake of getting SEO benefit i.e only for spiders not for users. That is where the problem of junk content arises. Due to this content explosion we see search engines also tightenting their noose on quality standards for content and we have the Panda updates. This cat and mouse chase will be an ongoing process, as the content and websites go on mushrooming on the web. So, where does the searcher get relevant, quality search results for what he is finding on the web. Content curation infact gives good quality inbound links to the content pages that have been curated.