“to select and “preserve” or share resources, often within a particular topic area. The term is drawn from the work done by curators at museums, who use their knowledge and expertise to select particular works to bring to the museum, purchase, or organize for public display.” – Curation article, eXtension.org
Should you be a curator? If you can answer yes to any of these questions, then you should be curating.
- Do you have an area of interest where others look to you for advice?
- Is there a topic in which you would like to be perceived as an ‘expert’?
- Is there a topic for which you would like to share information with others?
Tools to use to curate:
All of the tools mentioned here are free (or have free levels) and are incredibly easy to learn and use.
The new kid on the block and has been generating a lot of interest recently. Pinterest lets you categorize web pages and write a little about each one. You can also upload pictures and write about them as well. One requirement is that the web page you “pin” has a picture larger than thumbnail size. Followers can repin or post comments to what you’ve pinned.
WARNING: This site can be addictive.
- Using Pinterest in Education – A Conversation 2/16/2012 2:00-3:00pm EST
- Using Pinterest in Extension – 2/3/2012 recording
Create your own ‘gorgeous magazine’ with Scoop.it. Articles you scoop can have images or not. They don’t have the ‘social’ aspect and are more formal than Pinterest. Followers can subscribe to your Scoop.it page and can get an email each day you post a new article. You can post articles you find and get article suggestions that are relevant to your topic to add to your magazine for others to see.
Scoop.it sites that are relevant to Extension and education
Also known as social bookmarking, these sites have been around for years and have many of the same advantages as Pinterest and Scoop.it. They just don’t have the pictures and pretty layouts. You use these sites to bookmark particular webpages, and add tags and descriptions. You can chose to make the bookmark public, which enables others to see the pages you have bookmarked and tagged.
One advantage of Delicious and Diigo is that they use RSS to allow followers to use other tools (Google’s personal home page, feed readers, or many others) to get the content delivered to them without having to return to their website.
These have been used for years and are easy to create, maintain and post. Some examples of popular free blog hosting sites are: Blogger, Tumblr, and WordPress. Many blogs have evolved to include static pages, content management and many more features so you can use a ‘blog’ as your own website.
Blogs also generate RSS feeds for followers to subscribe.
Learning Guide: Blogging from University of Wyoming Extension
General Curation Resources:
- What is Aggregating and Curating
- NeVC: Curate The Cloud. How Too Much Information puts Humans Back In Charge.