Content Curation: A mostly curated blog post
Back in the day—and by that, I mean 2012—there were rumblings about “curation” or “content curation” within the T&D world. For example, David Kelly wrote a brilliant blog post about it for ATD (then, ASTD).
Some T&D practitioners may have dismissed this topic as simply e-Knowledge Management (KM); that is, more stuff with better tools. After all, even backer in the day, KM itself was hijacked by computer scientists, changing the focus from knowledge and knowledge-sharing to the tools and underlying search algorithms. Boring! But we in T&D kept working, and KM has remained an Area of Expertise (AOE) in the ATD Competency Model. The ability to collect and share knowledge and to share best and standard practices is a necessity for successful organizations.
Suffice it to say, curation IS here to stay. We know this because of the plethora of headlines and also because of the number of hits we get when doing a Google search.
What exactly is content curation?
Here’s a simple definition from Wikipedia (yes, Wikipedia; Wikipedia is part of content curation): “Content curation is the process of gathering information relevant to a particular topic or area of interest. Services or people that implement content curation are called curators. Curation services can be used by businesses as well as end users.”
Formal offerings—mostly graduate and post-graduate certificates—are offered by a small number of traditional colleges and universities, such as Johns Hopkins. Currently, the departments offering these certificates vary from Library Sciences to Museum Studies.
Coming up to speed
Please access the articles listed in the References at the end of this post for a quick dive into content curation.
What say YOU?
- How do you see content curation impacting your job?
- How do you see content curation impacting your organization?
- What experiences have you had with CC?
- Has it been mentioned or do you include it at job interviews?
Mildly Curated References
|WHO?||WHY?||TAKE ME THERE|
|David Kelly||He sounded the warning. Early, enlightening post from 2012.||https://www.td.org/Publications/Blogs/Learning-Technologies-Blog/2012/03/Curation-a-Core-Competency-for-Learning-Professionals|
|Jay Cross||Perspective from an ultra-practical practitioner||http://www.litmos.com/blog/articles/guest-post-by-jay-cross-why-content-curation-should-be-in-your-training-skillset
|Allison Anderson and Ben Betts||They wrote the book!||https://www.td.org/Publications/Books/Ready-Set-Curate|