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Digital Curator
Job Description & Responsibilities

©2013 Margaret Carroll Boardman Ph.D. for GR2 LLC and IG Inc., all rig...
Digital Curator Skills
• Conceptualizes (systems organization).
• Creates system organization, exhibit/website.
• Creates ...
Digital Curator Functions
(1 of 5)

• A digital curator’s specialized knowledge is in the field of CURATION.
• A digital c...
Digital Curator Functions
(2 of 5)

In preparing a client’s webpage as a digital exhibit, an educated curator
will perform...
Digital Curator Functions
• Content Selection (cont.)

(3 of 5)

 Selected materials will be chosen from materials:
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Al...
Digital Curator Functions
(4 of 5)

• Organizes the Exhibit –

Creates a visually appealing format to exhibit curated cont...
Digital Curator Functions
• Adds editorial context to the exhibit. This includes:


(5 of 5)

Doing research and adding a...
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Digital Curator Roles and Functions

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Job description including roles and functions of a digital curator

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Digital Curator Roles and Functions

  1. 1. Digital Curator Job Description & Responsibilities ©2013 Margaret Carroll Boardman Ph.D. for GR2 LLC and IG Inc., all rights reserved
  2. 2. Digital Curator Skills • Conceptualizes (systems organization). • Creates system organization, exhibit/website. • Creates catalogs/tags with metadata, levels of accessibility. • Manages several collections and organizes more than several different exhibits with a given time period. • Appraises and selects digital assets for exhibiting and preservation. • Archives, stores and disposes of materials not being used. • Preserves integrity of collection materials. • Reappraises on a continual basis the value of the collection’s assets. • Evaluates public reaction to the exhibited material. Source: Digital Curation Centre, a "world leading centre of expertise in digital information curation“ based in the U.K. that began assisting U.K. government and higher education research institutions with curation in 2004. ©2013 Margaret Carroll Boardman Ph.D. for GR2 LLC and IG Inc., all rights reserved
  3. 3. Digital Curator Functions (1 of 5) • A digital curator’s specialized knowledge is in the field of CURATION. • A digital curator can curate in a variety of fields, just as a traditional curator can collect for various private collections. • A digital curator prepares a client’s webpage as a visual exhibit.  This is similar to the way a traditional curator prepares materials for a special in-person visitor exhibit (e.g. at a special museum show or a special stamp collector display or antique auction).  The end goal and purpose of curation is to create a special, targeted, focused exhibit that draws a crowd of interested visitors who have such a good experience that they want to come back again and “follow.” (continued, next slide) ©2013 Margaret Carroll Boardman Ph.D. for GR2 LLC and IG Inc., all rights reserved
  4. 4. Digital Curator Functions (2 of 5) In preparing a client’s webpage as a digital exhibit, an educated curator will perform the following functions and responsibilities: • Content Selection - Sift through all of your content (digital and non-digital) to find the materials for a special exhibit.  The purpose this selection process is to find a subject or perspective that will draw new and interested visitors (just like a special exhibit at a museum will draw visitors in and then they will also visit the permanent collections on display).  Verify that selected materials for the special exhibit:  Form a complementary collection.  Create a consistent message.  Are consistent with the client’s mission, goals and objectives. (continued, next slide) ©2013 Margaret Carroll Boardman Ph.D. for GR2 LLC and IG Inc., all rights reserved
  5. 5. Digital Curator Functions • Content Selection (cont.) (3 of 5)  Selected materials will be chosen from materials:  Already in the client’s possession.  In the public domain.  The client is the process of acquiring.  Selected materials should optimally strive to be in a variety of audiovisual-written content formats including:  Documents, slideshows and Storify presentations.  Photos.  Audio recordings  Videos  Tweets  URL bookmarks (e.g. YouTube playlists, photo collections on Pinterest, news clippings on Scoop.it). (continued, next slide) ©2013 Margaret Carroll Boardman Ph.D. for GR2 LLC and IG Inc., all rights reserved
  6. 6. Digital Curator Functions (4 of 5) • Organizes the Exhibit – Creates a visually appealing format to exhibit curated content. This includes:   Creating one special exhibit URL (digital channelization). Devising a systems of classification.  Creating categories and tags for the selected material so that various pieces of the exhibit can be routinely changed or updated but still retain links that encourage your viewers to follow up further if interested.  Cataloging the materials (using categories and tags).  Creating curated video and audio playlists and embedding them directly into the one exhibit URL (as opposed to the material being aggregated on your YouTube channel).  Creating special subject matter “tagged” widgets/playlists . (continued, next slide) ©2013 Margaret Carroll Boardman Ph.D. GR2 LLC and IG Inc., all rights reserved
  7. 7. Digital Curator Functions • Adds editorial context to the exhibit. This includes:  (5 of 5) Doing research and adding any helpful editorial notes that explain the selected materials including:  Placing the material on a timeline.  Referencing related sources, organizations and events.  Fact-checking all of the selected materials using credible sources.  Providing a list of credits (useful as 3rd party verification).  Routinely checking relevant news sources and ensuring that selected content is still up to date and current. If necessary, updating:  Curated content.  System classification (categories, tags).  URL, webpage, digital exhibit organizational format. ©2013 Margaret Carroll Boardman Ph.D. for GR2 LLC and IG Inc., all rights reserved

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