In my #TIEgrad class, I have been learning about the value of digital content curation. I used to think I had pretty strong curation skills because I used Diigo as a tool to collect and store important links. Fortunately, having had the opportunity to deepen my understanding of content curation I have found the quality of content I now collect and share has increased significantly. The process of curation is a noble one. Curating content on a particular subject also helps others find those needles in the haystack.
According to Wikipedia:
Effective Content Curation
Between the dawn of civilization through 2003 5 exabytes of data was created…
but that much information is now created every 2 days, and the pace is increasing.
– Eric Schmidt, Google.
Online content can be viewed as a continuous stream of data cascading in front of our eyes like a powerful waterfall. It is endless flow of user-generated content (blogs, video channels, social media platforms) and publishing (newspapers, websites) and it is ever increasing. So how do we make sense of it? Historically, we used search engines like Google, Bing, and Yahoo, but even with advanced search algorithms developed by these companies results are at best ineffective. No algorithm can compete with the effectiveness of an individual who is knowledgeable in a particular content area, collecting relevant and meaning information on a specific topic, and sharing it with a like-minded audience. Consuming information, for the benefit of deepening ones understand of particular topic, is best served manually rather than using automated practices such as search engines.
More than merely collecting content on a specific subject; to curate is to make sense of the information we consume online. Strong curation involves carefully selecting content and evaluating it for a specific purpose, topic, or subject. It also involves making decisions about what is and is not useful to deepening understanding of the subject. Content deemed useful can then be customized and personalized, by the curator, by adding ones professional experience to enhance it before sharing that curated content with one’s learning network. Curating is a higher-level thinking skill. In order to curate content that is useful for others the content needs to be synthesized, evaluated, and interpreted before being disseminated. Well curated topics and subjects help to inform and allow learning to happen at faster rates.
Finding great content online is one thing, but being able to package it into a format that will help inform others is quite another. Best practices on how to share content involve inviting others to contribute, disseminating curated content on a regular basis, and making sure that the content you share has been evaluated and meets the needs of your target audience.
Once they find a quality, curated collection, they’ll stay for related offerings.
– Steven Rosenbaum
Difference Between Collecting and Curating
– Independent – Shared
– Lower-level thinking skill – Higher-level thinking skill
– Consume content – Add value and insight to content
– Less organized – Highly organized
– Closed learning – Open learning