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Content curation: computers and humans creating collaborative intelligence

We don’t have a problem of “information overload”… we have a problem of “filter failure”. And even as you’re reading this massive money is being spent to create better filters. And the best filters are those which allow humans and computers to both do what they do best… in a new thing called “collaborative intelligence”.

Content Curation. We’re starting to hear about it all over the place! But what is it?!

I think it’s pretty simple. It’s about organizing information. It’s all the extra intelligence that’s wrapped around raw information that makes it accessible, findable (is that a word), and meaningful to the right people at the right time.
It could be said that most journalists are really content curators. They don’t usually write, so much as they organize and represent raw information from elsewhere, in a form that’s better packages, timely and more meaningful to their specific readership.
Many bloggers do that. I’m one of those bloggers. I cover blogging and social media on this blog, but most of the time I’m doing a fine enough job if all I do is act as a filter for my readers, in helping them to get to the good stuff out there. And I do that by “editorializing” around the raw content I find out there… cutting bits out of it here and there, rewording it, explaining the context, making an argument around it, etc. That’s curation!
If you’re a fellow bloggers, you have a success formula if all you so is faithfully bring your readers up-to-date curated content on a given niche or subject-matter. You don’t have to write the raw content. Let others do that. Just do what journalists do: bring it in digestible form to your readers. That’s curation!

Now, in 2011, curation is coming into its own precisely because various content syndication, management and filtering technologies have reached maturity and ubiquity, to the point where “Joe Average” netizen can use them freely and effectively to create a new kind of collaboration, and a new kind of intelligence: that of man and machine working together on a new, faster, more comprehensive and more enjoyable kind of curating experience that’s called “collaborative intelligence”.
I’ll have more to say on this in the coming weeks and months.
To start, here’s social media guru Brian Solis

Karan Bavandi is the founder of KBucket.com (a curation platform I’m still figuring out). He’s very vocal about content curation and his Twitter account is worth following for that reason…

Why is content #curation the next disruptive business? Here are some good arguments by some smart people – http://dld.bz/XtYw
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Here are a couple of good slide decks on the topic. There are many!

Magnify is an impressive platform for video curation and Steve Rosenbaum is the boss…
Shel Holtz is a very well known marketing dude online, and he’s all over curation too…

Here are a couple of curation tools (or platforms) to look into. The first is Storify, and I’m using it to write my blog! The second is scoop.it, which is a curation platform many are playing with. The difference is that Storify (in my opinion) does a better job of giving you easy ways to bring content in from the outside.

Storify gives me a Chrome extension, which I love! I can grab pretty much anything from anywhere on the web, and bring it into a Storify story that I’m working on. I can then move it around, add my own editorial comment around it, etc. Very nice!

Here’s the ubiquitous Robert Scoble talking to the Scoop.it founder…

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Create your topic-centric media by collecting gems among relevant streams Publish it to your favorite social media or to your blog

Finally, everyone has their opinion on what makes a great content curation platform, and you’ll need to make up your own mind. Here’s a review of a whole bunch.

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Posted By WebAdvantage.net on Aug 19th, 2011 As the web becomes more and more inundated with blogs, videos, tweets, status updates, news, articles, and countless other forms of content, "information overload" is something we all seem to suffer.

Has content curation appeared on your radar? Do you as a blogger realize the power you have, not to be a subject matter expert but to be an expert curator?!

 Content curation: computers and humans creating collaborative intelligence

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  1. Posted 3 years ago // Permalink

    I have to agree about filtering. There is an information overload going on in our society, and most of what passes for “news” is nothing more than a gilded pile of dung. Filtering out things you couldn’t care less about would make things a lot easier.

  2. Posted 3 years ago // Permalink

    Excellent curation on curation!

    Your opening quote is great, Clay Shirky definitely nailed it with that and was the one that got me interested in this space. It’s fascinating to see what people are doing with the incredible amount information out there.

  3. Posted 2 years, 11 months ago // Permalink

    Content Curation is one the most easy and at the same powerful and effective techniques if we know how to use our brain so that we can convert RAW material into highly PRODUCTIVE stuff.

    Anyway thanks a lot for sharing this as nowadays many folks are accepting this techniques in their work and also getting their expected results.

  4. Posted 2 years, 11 months ago // Permalink

    Great compilation of information! I would definitely agree that content curation is a useful and prevalent practice, particularly in today’s marketing, social media, and journalism industries. I would argue, however, that the best content curators are also experts in the subject matter that they are presenting. How else would they accurately identify valuable information? Wouldn’t you say, Alister, that the reason this article is successful is because you are an expert content curator?

  5. Posted 2 years, 10 months ago // Permalink

    I am trying to get my head around the difference between content aggregation and content curation. They are both so close; sharing content written by others.

    You mention that journalists are content curators then go on to say…they don’t write so much as organize and represent raw information from elsewhere… would that then be called content aggregation? Content curation seems so very similar it is about rearranging content to make sense of something already written, presenting only the most relevant parts of the formation to readers.

    Perhaps the difference is in how it is presented with content curation differing only by the addition of an introduction or explanation from the one organizing the information.

  6. Posted 2 years, 6 months ago // Permalink

    Thank you for the information. I was wondering what content curation was, its less complicated than it sounds!

  7. Posted 2 years, 2 months ago // Permalink

    yes agree about filtering. There is an information overload going on in our society, and most of what passes for “news” is nothing more than a gilded pile of dung. Filtering out things you couldn’t care less about would make things a lot easier.

  8. Posted 2 years, 1 month ago // Permalink

    Thank you for the information. I was wondering what content curation was, its less complicated than it sounds!

  9. Posted 1 year, 8 months ago // Permalink

    Thanks a lot about this post. I was researching about the meaning about content curation and now I have enough to read.

  10. Posted 1 year, 7 months ago // Permalink

    Going through ta content curation recently i was going through it thanks for your tips it will help me in my topics

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