Content Curation Prepared for Denton Independent School District School Librarians August 22, 2012 Greg Hardin, M.L.S.
Content Curation: What is it?"Curation is the act of individuals with a passion for a content area to find, contextualize, and organize information. Curators provide a consistent update regarding what’s interesting, happening, and cool in their focus. Curators tend to have a unique and consistent point of view– providing a reliable context for the content that they discover and organize." - Steven Rosenbaum http://www.fastcompany.com/1834177/content-curators-are-the-new-superheros-of-the-web
Content Curation: What is it?Content Curation is a term that describes the act offinding, grouping, organizing or sharing the best and mostrelevant content on a specific issue.1.Aggregation. The act of curating the most relevantinformation about a particular topic into a single location;2.Distillation. The act of curating information into a moresimplistic format where only the most important or relevantideas are shared;3.Elevation. Refers to curation with a mission ofidentifying a larger trend or insight from smaller dailymusings posted online;4.Mashups. Unique curated juxtapositions where mergingexisting content is used to create a new point of view;5.Chronology. A form of curation that brings togetherhistorical information organized based on time to show anevolving understanding of a particular topic. Rohit Bhargava - 5 Models Of Content Curation
CONTENT GATHERINGPERSONALIZED NEWSFEEDSSOCIAL MEDIA CURATION
Want to be a content curator?If you want to be a content curator, you should also follow a few rules offered by Rosenbaum:o If you don’t add context, opinion, or voice, and simply lift content, it’s stealing.o If you don’t provide attribution and a link back to the source, it’s stealing.o If you take a large portion of the original content, it’s stealing.o If someone asks you not to curate their material, and you don’t respect that request, it’s stealing.o Respect published rights. If images don’t allow Creative Commons use, reach out to the image creator —don’t just grab it and ask questions later. http://www.fastcompany.com/1834177/content-curators-are-the-new-superheros-of-the-web
Implications of Curation Toolsfor 21st Century School LibrariesCuration tools are important in schoollibraries because they lessen the possibilityof information overload while providingconcrete examples of synthesized information.These tools can be referred to as informationsources, but also can be used to collect andpublish information. Additionally, sinceinformation is linked and its origination isstored, plagiarism and copyright theft isextremely rare. Curation websites require"sources to be acknowledged which means thatstories can be checked and verified by otherjournalists" and evaluated in terms ofauthority and credibility. Joyce Valenza