Lord of Curation Series: Gust Mees

Our Lord of Curation series presents to you some of the great curators on Scoop.it. They are here to share their insights and advice with you.

Gust MEES is an ICT course instructor with specialization on ICT Security. He is also a member of the “Advisory Board” of Luxembourg Safer Internet, called now BEESECURE, http://www.lisa-stopline.lu and an official partner of different Luxembourgish Government realizations, such as http://www.cases.lu and MySecureIt (in French) and member of the Internet Society Luxembourg http://www.isoc.lu

What is curation to you?

First I was wondering about this new trend and was not sure what to do with it, but after some research on Internet about it I found out that curation to me is the best way to collect articles which I select through quality criteria, which I can archive under different topics and which I find easily back through the “Tags”, as the “Tags” play the role of a table of content. For a Life-Long-Learner like me curation is like a treasure of knowledge and information that is getting shared through the online community. Through curation one has the possibility to FREE online learning and through sharing it to create a community with the same interests. Curation could also save people of same interests a lot of time and provides them with valuable content which could get used to link back to them in written articles, blogs, web sites and social media sites. Also one learns from each other in the curation community as one has the possibility to follow interesting curation.

As an ICT course instructor most of my curation is related to educational content and so I provide the curate content to an educational audience and to people who are willing to learn. Therefore I see curation also as help for a collective global learning and a contribution to a collective intelligence.

What is your best curating secret?

One needs to be highly proactive, knowing the best sources of content for the chosen topics, and having well-developed synthesis and quality recognition skills to find the gems. One needs to be very selective to provide quality content to the community. By providing quality content to the community this resumes in a mass “rescoop” of my scoops which results also to a good quality score http://blog.scoop.it/en/2011/09/14/scoop-it-introduces-the-scoop-it-score/ on Scoop.it. Sometimes serendipity helps also to discover new quality sources.

How has curation enriched your social media experience?

As Scoop.it displays the curators social media addresses I have met many new friendships and professional relationships as a direct result of curating on Scoop.it. Especially through the Twitter addresses of different curators I made growing up my followers on Twitter. I discovered (learned) also more about “Social Media and its influence” http://www.scoop.it/t/social-media-and-its-influence by using curation.

In your opinion, what makes a passionate teacher?

IMHO a passionate teacher (educator) needs to take truly care about his learners; he needs to remember his primary role as educator to prepare his learners for what they will face when they leave our schools.

Thus meaning:

The passionate teacher needs to have a good knowledge about possible 21st Century tools to well prepare his courses to make them interesting for his learners… Not ONLY preparing the learners for getting a diploma, but preparing them to be able to have competences!!!

Our Lord of Curation Series continues next week! Stay tuned!

  • Peter

    Well done Gust on this recognition. Great curation work.

  • Peter

    Well done Gust on this recognition. Great curation work.

  • Anonymous

    Therefore I see curation also as help for a collective global learning and a contribution to a collective intelligence.

  • patelanjali

    Therefore I see curation also as help for a collective global learning and a contribution to a collective intelligence.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Beth-Kanter/504747699 Beth Kanter

    Gust, I’ve been working on the Internet since late 1980′s and on the web since 1992.  I was a cybrian on the CERN server back in 1993 where I collected and organized and put links about dance into context.   So, for me, curation has been around for awhile, but the tools have changed and the amount of content available is much much more

    • http://twitter.com/knolinfos Knol Infos

      Hi Beth,

      Thx for your comment. YES, it’s true that “curation” exists since long, You are right! Tools have changed and the web gives us the opportunity to do it better, more quick and also to share it to a greater audience. I’m online since long also and I started more than 30 years ago with a Radio Shack TRS-80 with 8k Memory, LOL ;) At that time they called those machines a Home-Computer… Funny to remember what was possible with only 8k Memory, unbelievable…

      Have a nice day Beth,
      Gust

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Beth-Kanter/504747699 Beth Kanter

    Gust, I’ve been working on the Internet since late 1980′s and on the web since 1992.  I was a cybrian on the CERN server back in 1993 where I collected and organized and put links about dance into context.   So, for me, curation has been around for awhile, but the tools have changed and the amount of content available is much much more

    • http://twitter.com/knolinfos Knol Infos

      Hi Beth,

      Thx for your comment. YES, it’s true that “curation” exists since long, You are right! Tools have changed and the web gives us the opportunity to do it better, more quick and also to share it to a greater audience. I’m online since long also and I started more than 30 years ago with a Radio Shack TRS-80 with 8k Memory, LOL ;) At that time they called those machines a Home-Computer… Funny to remember what was possible with only 8k Memory, unbelievable…

      Have a nice day Beth,
      Gust