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What Is a Curator in Chief?

What Is a Curator in Chief?
Neil Sanderson is the Chief Curator at Eqentia--a software platform service that enables professional users and organizations to easily aggregate, curate and republish the news that's important to them. Eqentia's sites are both public and private--with some of the more public ones including Visability Marketing ( and Slices of Boulder ( which is a local news website for Boulder, Colorado. More than 50 of the portals can be found at I asked Neil what a 'Chief Curator' does. And while technology is critical for his job--the key component of curation is human--as Sanderson explains: "I provide human curation of our customers' portals during the final stages of development when we are optimizing the system and training our customers to take on the curation role themselves. So, what kind of background does it take to be a Curator in the new world? Today--Sanderson says the man / machine mix is critical.

Curating the Content Overload If I were a venture capitalist, I’d invest in applications and companies that attack the problem of curating content. Content used to be king. The best content attracted attention, consumption and dollars. The quality of your content determined your success. But today, our brains are in a state of constant cognitive overload. Likewise, now that content creation and delivery systems like Blogger, Flickr or Wordpress are free, diverse and accessible, content creators find their videos, photos, writing and ideas lost in the content sea. The struggle to curate pervades our personal and professional lives. How do we sort it out? And how do we enable our colleagues to sort it out? As learning leaders in enterprise environments, we must push for the tools that strengthen our learners’ ability to curate their learning environment. OpenSesame Has Your Tools for Curating eLearning Content OpenSesame gives you the tools to select the elearning content you need. Photo Credit: Paul Lowry on Flickr

To be or not to be a curator ? Brian Solis en parle dans son livre « Engage », en évoquant le compte Twitter de Google. Ce compte poursuit depuis sa création une stratégie de curation, avec 304 abonnements et 2,6 millions d’abonnés. Voici comment Brian Solis en parle : I recommend that companies use this (cf. curation) for information collected from customers and influencers, as well in order to truly curate the best, most helpful content from around the Web while building good will in the process. Curator, un mot valise, un buzzword ? Lorsque je pris connaissance de ce concept via la pyramide d’engagement d’Altimeter, j’avais des difficultés à cerner le périmètre du concept et de son champ d’application. La pyramide de la marque engagée, Altimeter La curation représente-t-elle le chant du cygne de l’agrégation ? Curator = courtier en information = maven En anglais, le curator est un conservateur de musée. Le curator filtre et in fine aide

Google's Search Algorithm Has Been Ruined, Time To Move Back To Curation The Curation Economy and The 3C’s of Information Commerce Brian Solis inShare1 Several years ago I had the privilege of working with Steve Rosenbaum, author of Curation Nation. Back then Steve was already vested in the future of online curation and his grande conquête was playing out with, a realtime video curation network. At the time, he was also a staple at some of the tech industry’s most renown conferences sharing his vision for social, video, and curated content. As Steve was completing his new book, he asked if I would write the foreword. At the time I was finalizing the new version of Engage! I share this digital foreword with you here… The Curation Economy and The 3C’s of Information Commerce I always appreciate when a very complex and important subject is simplified to ease understanding. Forrester Research tracked how people adopt and use social technologies through its Technographics research. Creating original content, consistently over time, is daunting. The Rise of Short-form Content Creators Let me explain.

Facebook and the Age of Curation Through Unsharing Facebook’s Open Graph is ushering in a monumental shift in how we curate what we share. Curation used to mean opting in to sharing. You found or did something you thought your audience would care about, and you went to the trouble of sharing it. This worked when we didn’t have so much content at our finger tips, but as more news and media consumption moves online, the friction of constantly opting in exhausts us and we don’t bother to distribute what others might enjoy. That’s why I believe we are entering the age of curation through unsharing, and it will force us to change. Some believe “frictionless sharing” via Open Graphs will be the death of curation. Users still expect to have to actively share something in order for it to reach their audience. I love listening to music and reading news, and I love helping my friends discover songs and articles. This granularity allows for more curation, not less. This isn’t natural.

Why Content Curation is the new Blogging « (clicca qui per la traduzione in italiano) During these days I’m questioning myself about today’s online media industry recurring topic of discussion: the so-called content curation. The term itself can be identified with the concept of “caring about content.” This concept, obviously, can be investigated from a variety of viewpoints: it revolves around manipulating information, news, contents available online to a new form with sensibly higher ambitions in terms of vision, lifecycle and usefulness. It’s about producing contents that, on average, are well worth an enhanced amount of attention respect to the so-called “world buzz,” the avalanche of information micro-bits, we receive daily from the Internet through social media, blogs, online newspapers, and sometimes and unfortunately from content farms. On a more operational level, an interesting definition that you can find online follows (from here) Will this newsroom see his fate in an editorial room of a newspaper agency? Like this:

We Are Content. We Are Curation. Open the Doors and See All the People Does the headline sound familiar? It's a play on that funny nursery allegory they used to do with their hands when you were in day school. "Here is the church, here is the steeple, open the doors, see all the people." The tools of discovery really are multiple on the web, and in a real way, the tools are its people. After spending hours tweeting, listening in on social media forums and connecting with some really intelligent media people, I spent a few minutes inside the Cathedral of St. Social media is kind of like a church. The new wave in organizing this data is to organize it around people. With Sulia you can find out what others think is important, and then find those who know most about it. The key to new data organization is interest, and nothing reflects interest or appreciates interest as much as a person. And Michele Washington, who I only communicated with on Twitter, but who has a wonderful site called Cross-Cultural Boundaries. Socmetrics Traakr Newsme

The Three C’s of Social Content: Consumption, Curation, Creation inShare180 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. On Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, et al., we were attracted by the promise of reigniting forgotten relationships and enamored by the sparking of new connections. With each new connection we wove, we were compelled to share details about ourselves that we might not have divulged in real life. Our concerns of privacy or the lack thereof, now require education. The Social Genome The activity that defines the social web is as diverse as the personalities of its inhabitants. Two and a half years ago, Forrester introduced Social Technographics. I call this “Social Graph Theory.”

Content Is No Longer King: Curation Is King