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Curation: Manage Your Attention Not Just Your Time

Curation: Manage Your Attention Not Just Your Time | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

This guest post is by Beth Kanter for Socialbrite and this is great for curators just starting out or a refresher for those of you who have been doing this for a while.


She tells you why curation is an important tool in your content strategy and gives you some good suggestions on how to do it effectively which I'm going to focus on here. Curation requires time and energy, and Beth's process really works because I'm doing this myself.


Here's what caught my attention:


Manage you attention, not just your time


**Don't just create a to-do list; lay it out on a daily and weekly schedules, breaking down key tasks of the project into chunks.


**Consider the level of concentration and focus that each type of task or chunk requires and schedule accordingly


**Establish rituals: Rituals in your work life are valuable. A mindmap offers a lot of good suggestions for rituals


**Managing email and other distractions: Turn off notifications that pop up on your computer, iPad or moble.


**Just say no - it's important to engage with your community on social networks but you have to find the right balance. When you're curating, it requires focus, it's best to schedule this first, then do your community management, check your email unless something requires your immediate attention. When you have a plan, it makes everything easier.


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Curation is the New Creation

Curation is the New Creation | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

This excellent article was written in September, 2010 by Paul Gillin for BtoB Magazine. It is more timely and relevant today than ever before because more businesses are recognizing the need for good curators to help them sort through and make meaning out of important information they need to stay on top of things.


Here are a few of the things that particularly caught my attention:


**As information providers B2B companies are uniquely positioned to take advantage of curation.


**In most cases, their customers have highly specific information needs-such as business analytics, chemistry or manufacturing.


**Engineers don't want to spend time combing through search results, so they appreciate those suppliers that provide that value for them.


The author also anticipates and answers a question that has been posed by some people in recent weeks:


****You might think that trading on other people's content would raise intellectual property problems, but quite the opposite has occurred, Mike Graney (Senior VP of Business Development at the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts) said.


****“We're a great content driver for the publications,” some of which now actively court the council for visibility because of the traffic boost they receive.


****Done right, the process is a win-win for both creator and curator.


One point I would like to make here regarding the definition of content curation being stated here and elsewhere as: "the discipline of filtering and organizing knowledge."  Museum curators put little plaques under paintings or sculptures that they have 'filtered and organized'.  This provides context, which is an aspect of curation that is no less important for the modern, content curator.


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Read the full article here: [http://bit.ly/skovHp]

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Beth Kanter's comment, December 20, 2011 4:32 PM
This points to another value of curation - that it gives your content a longer shelf life!
janlgordon's comment, December 20, 2011 4:50 PM
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It also is a great new career path for people who are looking to reinvent themselves and help companies filter, organize and contextualize content for their audiences.
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Information Overload? Don't Panic!

Information Overload? Don't Panic! | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

I selected this post today from my fellow curator's collection gdecugis, (love what he had to say below).  I personally think it's one of the best pieces I've seen so far on this subject.


We're all dealing with this issue and sometimes when you see it articulated as Brian Solis has done not only is it comforting but widens your perspective which is the doorway to finding solutions.


Excerpt:


At a time where some are thinking we urgently need an information diet, Brian Solis puts things in perspective: don't panic!

 

What he describes on PandoDaily as "the fallacy of Information Overload" is the fact that while we all seem lost at one point or another because our world is changed by the social media revolution, it's both inevitable and something mankind will adapt to.

 

This post is a great summary of the different ways we are affected and why we shouldn't try to move back to the previous state. But work on improving our filters.

 

Curation, anyone?


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Beth Kanter's comment, January 24, 2012 7:49 AM
I reviewed the book, Information Diet,yesterday - http://www.bethkanter.org/info-diet/ it is excellent. He talks about curation as part of the solution, although it is framed as information literacy
Guillaume Decugis's comment, January 25, 2012 9:51 AM
Thanks for sharing Beth: will go check your review!
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Content Curation: Why Detecting Emerging Patterns Is Crucial?

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Romain Goday, wrote this piece for Darwin Ecosystems I've had some great discussions with Romain and he truly understands what it takes to be a relevant curator.


He lists the top reasons why content curators need to pay attention to them.


We all know the service Content Curators provide in cutting through the noise on the Web, and new tools that are coming out will enable more and more people to become curators.


This is what caught my attention:


** Successful Curators will need the tools that enable them to latch onto new trends in their area of expertise. 


Those who are able to discern patterns and report on them in a timely manner will


***Link together pieces of the information puzzle so that others may see what had previously been missed


***Provide insights on the significance of events


***Demonstrate how those events evolve


***The emergence of patterns is a sign that something is happening


***The ability to understand and Curate new patterns and generate buzz around them, is what stands Expert Curators above the growing crowd


Romain's own takeaway is that Patterns should be the starting point for Curation.


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