A Musical Ode To Digital Curation – Part 1

A truly inspiring class project by @JoyceValenza. 
Robin Good’s insight:

Wonderful school project uses musical performance to promote the value of curation for learning.

From an original idea by @JoyceValenza.



Curation, Curation Curation!
Curation, Curation. Curation!


Who day and night must aggregate the content, pull together knowledge, harness all the feeds


And who must make sense of media, tags, and text, keeping learners up to date, at school


Librarian, Librarian


Librarian, Librarian,


Who do we rely on for creative stuff
What’s best so we avoid the fluff?


Who must point the way to stuff that’s good enough
So we don’t miss the stuff that’s really buff!


The Network, the Network. Curation!
The Network, the Network, Curation!


At ten my three-ring notebook really held all my school stuff.
I know by now that binder can’t contain my research


The student, the student. Curation!
The student, the student. Curation!


And who does TL teach to curate with new tools,
So we can gather knowledge both in and out of school?


The learner, the learner! Curation!
The learner, the learner! Curation!





Ben Vizzachero
Emma Coltoff
Jelli Vezzosi
Jordi Shuster
Daniel MacFarland


Thanks to Monica Femovich


Song parody by
Joyce Kasman Valenza.


Based on “Tradition” and “Matchmaker” from Fiddler on the Roof.
Music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick.

Republished and subtitled with permission.
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CURATING THE FUTURE BY Emma Watermann| Arts Hub A curator used to be a caretaker of objects. But now curators work with words, images and ideas often in the virtual world. No longer confined to…

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No longer confined to museums and galleries, ‘curator’ is now a word that is entering the mainstream to describe anybody who sorts and organises information – which is practically everybody in the digital age.  The traditional role of the curator with an expertise in a genre or period,  a set of white gloves and mastery of taxonomyis being squeezed by new claimants on the title. Everyone ‘curates’ their Pinterest page just as they build their own newspaper from their Twitter feed.


Exercise Caution: The Key Aspect To Pay Attention To For Novice Content Curators

Robin Good’s insight:

If you are a novice content curator do not go for quantity. That is not what makes the difference. Go for high-quality, and consistency.

Steer away from the temptation of republishing or sharing anything that you have not read and vet in full.

The best curators out there did not build such impressive followerships by carelessly retweeting, sharing or promoting low-quality content.

These brilliant individuals:

a) never curate an article that they haven’t read in full,


b) never support something they don’t believe in,

c) never get lazy.

How do you think they would look in the eyes of their fans if they judged content based only on a title and the first two paragraphs?

Lack of quality is the number one downfall of content curators.

Granted, your audience will not be increasing by the thousands, but if you prioritize quality over quantity the people who choose to follow you will actually matter.

My comment: Key strategy n.1 (and n.3) in this article are the only one worthwhile paying attention to. The other ones are, in my opinion, actually misleading. You don’t need to focus on latest trendy content and breaking news, curating content other than text is a well known strategy as much as the obviousness of keeping your focus always in sight.

Strategy n.1 is a fantastic reminder for novice content curators: 6/10 

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The Key Added Value a Content Curator Can Provide: His Time

“I still have to do all the searching for new and good content sources and filtering the content I get. Separating the crap from the awesome. All by myself. This is hard work and very time consuming”
Robin Good’s insight:

If you are into content curation for the long run, do not make this mistake.

Nuno Figueroa, who shared, in an interesting and informative article on Business2Community, his deep frustration with content curation tools and with the incredible amount of work one has to do to find, vet, add value and share truly valuable content online, wrote:

I still have to do all the searching for new and good content sources and filtering the content I get. Separating the crap from the awesome. All by myself. This is hard work and very time consuming“.

But wait a minute! What you describe here is the key, absolute value a curator can provide: his time.

The more we try to bypass this in favour of tools that can automate this time-consuming and difficult work the more we give up the opportunity to truly add unique value to your curated content.

Not to say that a good curator should not have a great toolset to help him out.

But remember: There will never be any tool that can do better search than you (unless you know nothing about what you are curating). No tool that can tell whether an article is a retake of another one or a true original, or that can evaluate the insight and ideas a new perspective from a new author unknown author can bring.

This in my opinion is what a content curator does.

Would a painter or a sculptor want to automate or speed up parts of his artistic creation process?

Unless the artist goal was focused exclusively on quantity and he had no enjoyment in the creation process there would be no need or desire to speed up or automate the creation process as this is what the artist, by definition, has chosen to do.

Similarly the content curator is socially useful and provides value to other people by utilising his many skills and experiences to gather, find, collect, organise, add value and present information artifacts covering a specific topic, interest, issue or event. His realisation is in doing such things not in bypassing or speeding up these steps.

This is one of the consequences of selling content curation as a content marketing “device” that can save time and make you look good.

If you are after volume and eyeballs you will publish funny cats.

But volume and traffic will not command much more than increasingly slimming advertising budgets. And for how long more?

What we should be all after his instead learning and refining those curatorial skills that can help us provide the only thing our readers care about: having truly trusted guides that provide high-value information services for the specific interests they have.

Yes, a content curator will also use, test and experiment with many different tools to aid its ability to search, find, collect and organise information, but definitely not in order to save time but in order to enhance and expand his abilities to provide greater value through those activities.

What do you think?

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13 Real-World Examples of How Content Curation Can Be Monetized

Real-world examples showing how gathering, collecting, organising and adding value to existing available information can create useful and economically sustain…

Robin Good’s insight:

If it is true that attention is the one of the highest valued intangible assets, whoever is capable to provide a solution that saves people time (and frustration, effort, comparing, verifying, etc.) in getting what they want / need, will likely get lots of it. 

For example, if I could save you all of the time that you would need to:

  • find all the journalists that could cover your startup and their email
    – get the full story on what is happening in a specific market sector
    – choose the ideal set of free online courses to achieve a skillset 
    – find easily the old, downloadable version of your favorite software 
  • know which are all of the events devoted to “x” that are coming up

    wouldn’t you be willing to pay for it?

For some of these, I probably would.

In this slide deck from the “Art of Content Curation” event that took place this past January in Amsterdam, you can find 13 examples of websites, blogs, startups and web companies that have a created a sustainable, if not altogether profitable business, by collecting, filtering, organising, adding value and presenting in uniquely effective ways, existing information, already available online. 

If you are wondering whether it is actually possible to create an online business around the art of content curation, here are some tangible, real-world examples, that you can look at.

For each one you will find a number of screenshots and a synthetic info card summarising the service that they offer and their business model.

First shown on January 15th 2015 at the “Art of Content Curation” event in Amsterdam.  

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