September Net2 Think Tank Round-up: Curating Content For this month's Net2 Think Tank, we asked you to share your tips, resources, and ideas about curating content at your organization or enterprise. Below, read the curated list of the community responses we received - and share your own tips in the comments! Here's a quick working definition to get us started: Content curation focuses on using the web to highlight important information in situations where information overload may be a problem. Many organizations today are writing on the web regularly to communicate with their audience. At the same time, information pollution is an increasing problem for the consumers of that content. Topic: What are your best practices for curating content? While this month's Net2 Think Tank is now closed, you're always welcome to add your feedback on the subject. Why Curate? Getting Started Curation starts with listening: "Scan and monitor the web for relevant content every day. Best Practices for Content Curation Tools: What did we miss?
Collective consciousness Le Guide de la Curation (1) - Les concepts 01net le 14/03/11 à 16h00 Etymologie La pratique qui consiste à sélectionner, éditorialiser et partager du contenu a été baptisée par les Américains curation ou Content Curation, par analogie avec la mission du curator, le commissaire d’exposition chargé de sélectionner des œuvres d’art et de les mettre en valeur pour une exposition. Les termes curation et curator prennent leurs racines étymologiques dans le latin cura, le soin. Le terme curation est apparu en France fin 2010. Historique La curation est la convergence des deux principales activités sur internet : la recherche et le partage. Elle est indissociable de la culture du partage, dont elle est l’héritière. Parallèlement, le volume d’informations n’a cessé de croître. Les internautes ont commencé à trier, à sélectionner les contenus qu’ils jugent intéressants pour les partager avec leurs amis ou leur réseau, créant ainsi une forme d’intelligence collective. Tout un écosystème se crée alors pour satisfaire la demande. Définitions
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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.” While I have been doing content curation for the past twenty years that I’ve worked as a technology trainer, in July, 2011 I discovered the Scoop.It platform and started following and learning from some of best curators on the planet and in particular, Robin Good. 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 Jarche also points to James Mangan who identified several skills for acquiring knowledge in 1936 (via Maria Popova) Robin Good picked up on the theme of sense-making, and identified five more techniques to help sharpen your sense-making skills as part of your content curation skill set.
Trunk.ly and Newsmix Show Glimpses of the Social Content Reader Evolution Since early last year I’ve been most excited about the prospect of a service to bring me the perfect “social content reader”. I wrote about what I’d like to see in such a reader, but in a nutshell it would provide me with content daily based on all the items shared by the users I follow on multiple services like Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Youtube, etc. Now you may say that we already have web services or apps that do this but they’re all pretty basic without enough logic to determine better ways for how to display the content. For instance Flipboard is one of my favorite apps on the iPad. Its ability to provide deep integration with Facebook, Twitter and Google Reader is nice. So for instance I have the ability to isolate the importing of specific Facebook pages, or Twitter lists, or Google Reader folders, but when I go to read these, Flipboard always shows me the most recent items from the last time it refreshed. So what are some of the ways we can improve this? Posts you might like
Augmented Collective Intelligence Online Curation: The What, Why And How - An Interview With Micah Sifry Why is content curation so important? In this video interview, I recorded with Micah Sifry, co-founder and editor of the Personal Democracy Forum, you can taste one more viewpoint and explanation of why news and content curation are becoming so important. And not only. Photo credit: Robin Good Micah Sifry states it clear and without any hesitation: such abundance of content and of people producing it offers great business opportunities that are yet to be discovered. "I actually think it's a market opportunity for entrepreneurs, as well as for editors, both in terms of building better tools for sifting through all of this information to tease out the signal from the noise." Curation is not just a fad or the equivalent of sharing a few pictures and funny links with your Facebook friends. This is going to change. What you need to pay attention to, instead, is the fact that Google does have the power to define the world, to be the lens through which we see the world. The Need for Curation
Five Free Software Programs Everyone Should Have | John C. Dvorak When I put together a machine for family or friends, I usually install a bunch of free software that I personally use and recommend to others. They are programs that are close to being definitive and needed. Generally speaking, these programs fall into two categories. The first category is comprised of programs that are best of breed—commercial or otherwise. This includes programs that are not as slick as commercial products, but they're are easier to use or I prefer them because of certain features. The second category contains the programs that are clearly inferior to commercial software, but they're more than adequate for everyday use or non-professional use. The good news is that all of these programs are free. Here are five of the best free software programs that I recommend everyone should have. VLC Media Player At the top of this list is the VLC media player from Video LAN Organization. Open Office If you can't afford Microsoft Office, then Open Office will do.
Best News Curation Tools for Independent Publishe... CASPAR Digital Preservation User Community Démocratie participative The Content Strategist as Digital Curato The term “curate” is the interactive world’s new buzzword. During content creation and governance discussions, client pitches and creative brainstorms, I’ve watched this word gain traction at almost warp speed. As a transplant from museums and libraries into interactive media, I can’t help but ask what is it about this word that deserves redefinition for the web? Article Continues Below Curation has a distinguished history in cultural institutions. In galleries and museums, curators use judgment and a refined sense of style to select and arrange art to create a narrative, evoke a response, and communicate a message. For a long time, we’ve considered digital objects such as articles, slideshows, and video to be short-lived. Consider some examples: NYTimes.com Topics employs content managers who sift through The Times’ archive to create new meaning by grouping articles and resources that were filed away (or distributed to library databases). What’s the payoff?