Buzzword Bingo: Curate = To collect, assemble, organize (2011) #buzzwordbingo

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Curate = To collect, assemble, organize

Ron Mader: I honestly don't think there are many thing nerdier than explaining 'curation' and why it might be useful. That said, your suggestions are welcome as we improve this presentation of content curation creation.


Curating has been around for a long time as people have crafted scrapbooks, mix tapes and playlists. Librarians curate collections and educational displays. Museums curate artifacts. Professionals still curate but the notion has been widened to the general public and thanks to the social web, we are asked to compile and share information in new ways.

A caveat for newbies. Curating on one social web channel is similar but rarely the same as on another channel. On YouTube for example, one can create a playlist including one's own and other videos. On Flickr, a gallery is be default images one creates from other accounts. You cannot slip in your own photo in your gallery.

There are ethical questions to consider. To what degree is one able to exclude one's images from being pinned on Pinterest or flipped into a Flipboard magazine?

Curating content is a good way to collect info for later reading/viewing. That it appeals to others as well is icing on the cake!

With Flickr it's easy to create galleries that show off other people's work. With YouTube, it's easy to make playlists of selected videos from one's own and other YouTube accounts. Pinterest and Storify have become quite popular in home-maker and journalism circles. Flipboard helps publish 'magazines' using one's own or other's tweets, Google+ posts, Flickr photos and other channels from the social web. More examples below in the table.

Ron Mader: "I honestly don't think there are many thing nerdier than explaining 'curation' and why it might be useful. That said, your suggestions are welcome as we improve this presentation of content curation creation. To colleagues who are artisans, chefs and other physical creative types, I recommend making it easy for me and others to curate visual imagery about your work. If there are ways to access details, it's good marketing."


Worksheet for Curation Creators #socialweb #flipboard #flickr #storify #twitter #youtube



curate - Google News

Examples of Social Web Curation
Social Web
Can others edit?
Flickr Galleries
Flickr allows members to currate galleries of other people's wor
museums are sexy
world signs
oaxaca markets
Responsible Travel Flipboard 02.2013

Foursquare 04.2012
Foursquare allows members to curate lists of places on their maps
Oaxaca's City Parks, Plazas and Gardens
Museums of Cape Town
Pinterest: Responsible Tourism Week #rtweek2012

Ron's YouTube channel
responsible tourism

Other Examples

Scoopit (scoopit)
Curate an art show
Place Stories


When we had trusted curators it was easy. We read what we were supposed to read, we read what we trusted, regardless of how long it was, because the curator was taking a risk and promising us it was worth it. No longer. Now, it's up to us. One option is to read incisively, curate, edit, choose your sources carefully. Limit the inbound to what's important, not what's shiny or urgent or silly.
- Seth Godin, Trapped by tl;dr

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.
- Steven Rosenbaum, Content Curators Are The New Superheros

Those who can, curate. Those who can’t, review. Those who can’t review, tweet. Those who can’t tweet retweet.
- Beth Kanter (poster)

Those who can, curate ... Those who can't tweet, retweet @bethkanter


Age of abundance

Elsewhere on the Web

Curating the state's natural sounds - If you go deep in the basement of the Oakland Museum of California you might hear something extraordinary. It’s the archives of the California Library of Natural Sounds.

Best Practices for Content Curation for Nonprofits

7th International Digital Curation Conference



Curating online is like collecting beautiful weavings. #UsaTuVoz #OpenEducationWk #SocialWeb

Translating: Curating online is like collecting beautiful weavings.

Spanish: Seleccionar diversos contenidos en línea es como coleccionar hermosos tejidos.
Zapoteco de San Jerónimo Tlacochahuaya : Chini rbe-xhoo zian guí'ts ne dixh loo "computador" zegá'a naañ zo chini rbe-xhoo loo zian lady zá'ak

Translating: Curate


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