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Lord of Curation Series: Karen du Toit

Karen du Toit is an Information Specialist, who has worked as librarian and archivist.

At the moment  she is an archivist at the South African Broadcasting Corporation in South Africa where she works at the SABC Radio Archives. We catalogue radio and audio material for preservation, historical and rebroadcasting purposes. She has a keen interest in social media to connect, share and broaden her own knowledge base, in which curation plays a big role.

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Is Curation the missing stack of the News-as-Data-Platform model?

A very good blog post by Felix Salmon on what technologists understand faster than journalists : the idea of “stack”, the key to embrace the shift in media now : “Technologists, on the other hand, intuitively understand the idea of “the stack”, which is the nerd version of “the platform” that all entrepreneurs and media gurus […]

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Why curators should care about SOPA/PIPA


Today the Internet is going into a big battle to protect its historical model based on freedom, sharing and innovation. In protest against SOPA/PIPA, Wikipedia, Reddit and other sites will go dark for 24 hours. A lot has already been said already on this as you can see by searching SOPA on Scoop.it or by following some of the topics focused on this such as http://www.scoop.it/t/stop-sopa.

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Lord of Curation Series: Seth Dixon

Seth Dixon is a professor at Rhode Island College within the Political Science Department and the Department of Educational Studies.  He also serves as the coordinator for the Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance.  Having earned geography degrees at Pennsylvania State University and Brigham Young University, he has researched the cultural and historical geographies of Mexico City and is currently exploring the educational possibilities of teaching geography through social media within the classroom and the networking potential for educators for gathering resources.  He can be followed and reached via Twitter @APHumanGeog.

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The End of The end of Publishing? Impressive Video (To Be Watched in Full)

Watch this amazing video, prepared by the UK branch of Dorling Kindersley Books and produced by Khaki Films (http://www.thekhakigroup.com/).
Publishing is not dead. It is alive as never before. You just need to do one thing : open your eyes to the values of your customers and publish content meaningful to them.

Like curation, Publishing is about caring.

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Lord of Curation Series: Mariusz M. Leś

Mariusz M. Leś, Ph.D., born 1974. Lives in Poland. Works at the University ofBialystok. Polish Philology Institute assistant manager. Science fiction educator and researcher. Digital humanities enthusiast. Author of two books about utopian thought and poetics (published in 1998 and 2008).

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The Rise Of The Digital Is Changing Just About Everything About Curation | David Weinberger


I re-scooped this from Giuseppe Mauriello as I felt the somehow inconclusive conclusion was very close to what I personally felt: yes, curation is changing and digital curation will not be the same as it used to be pre-digital. Bottom line is we need to be prepared to live with softer boundaries than before of what is good and what isn’t.

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What are the biggest issues to solve in content curation?


This is kind of old but I rediscovered it recently on Quora and I felt it was an interesting opportunity to review what’s been accomplished in 2011 in that respect.
Seb Paquet is an interesting contributor to Social Media and a professor at the University of Quebec in Montreal.
I think 2011 has been a great year for curation : lots of new developments, great improvements on existing platform and raising awareness. It’s interesting to look back at questions like these and measure the progress we’re making both as platform developers and as members of a community with a particular interest on that subject.

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Scoop.it launches Scoop.it Pro and Scoop.it Education

Our first offer, Scoop.it Business, was designed for small & mid-size companies willing to leverage curation to develop their brands and their audience on social media. Hence the focus on branding, domain hosting on top of other premium features. However we realized that “one size does not fit all curators”!

You know we are very attentive to your feedback and needs. Scoop.it is your publishing platform that we love to imagine as the best place to be heard and drive your social media activities. We are thankful to all of you for your commitment to Scoop.it and the great and numerous ideas you submit daily to our team. One underlying theme found in all of your feedback was clear : you needed a version between the Free and the Business versions, targeting individuals who are very active on social media.

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Why Curation is the natural form of Mobile Publishing

As we launch Scoop.it on the iPhone today, we wanted to come back on what publishing had meant on mobile so far: photos, short videos, tweets and short-form content but not much publishing activity involving long form and richer content.

Curation is an opportunity to change that. Here’s why.

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Lord of Curation Series: Fiona Milburn

Fiona Milburn has lived in London, New York and Los Angeles, and is now based in New Zealand where she has her own production company, which specializes in visual effects, transmedia and technology based content for emerging platforms.  Fiona has also worked extensively with international corporations, creating entertainment whilst ensuring that the integrity of their brand is not compromised.

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Lord of Curation Series: Minter Dial

President and founder of The Myndset Company, Minter Dial is a Professional speaker, coach & consultant on Branding and Digital Marketing.  Prior to the Myndset, Minter led a 16-year international career with the L’Oréal Group.  He enjoyed 9 different assignments in France, England, USA and Canada, including being Managing Director Worldwide of Redken, heading the Canadian Professional Division and, in his last position, running eBusiness, Business Development and Education worldwide for L’Oreal’s Professional Products Division.  Minter received his BA in Trilingual Literature from Yale University (1987) and gained his MBA at INSEAD, Fontainebleu (1993).  He can be contacted at minter@themyndset.com or followed on Twitter @mdial.

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The demise of quality content on the web

This a great blog post from Rian van der Merwe , describing the noise you can find on the web now, and especially content just created for SEO purposes or advertisers. As many, Rian is tired of it. “I used to believe that if you write with passion and clarity about a topic you know well […]

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Do we need an Information Diet?

This makes me want to read the book and know more.  Clay Johnson seems to make an interesting parallel between the way we consume information today and the way we sometimes overconsume food. Leading to obesity and other health consequences. Are curators the chefs of the “nouvelle cuisine” of information? (Thanks to @Charles_Liebert for sharing […]

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Lord of Curation Series: Gust Mees

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

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The KPI's of Curation

I’ve been asked on Quora to answer this question and I felt it was worth detailing. Social Media provides us with great ways to measure success – whether at the individual or the business level – as well as actionnable items. And Social Curation has an important role to play.

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Adjustments following the launch of Scoop.it Business

Just a little more than 2 weeks ago, we had our big launch at Scoop.it: opening up the free version to all and at the same time, introducing Scoop.it Business, a premium version of Scoop.it for companies. This was of course a big milestone for us, after a very successful beta that helped us build […]

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Don't be a robot!

This presentation by Corinne Weisgerber touches in a very clear format on what separates aggregation than curation. And which, in my opinion, can be summarized by the human touch. While aggregation can be automated, curation is essentially the expression act of a human being. Building Thought Leadership through Content Curation View more presentations from Corinne […]

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Lord of Curation Series: Martin Gysler

Martin Gysler is a a self-entrepreneur for over 20 years. He has been active in various fields such as, insurance, real estate, sports and wellness.

As convinced autodidact, he always had a strong attraction to computers and the web. However, this area was little or no accessible to a lucrative business, so he had to wait to get into this sector. This is been done for some time now. Today, he has abandoned most of the other branches to devote himself to his main passion which is the web and social media.

He offer his services (advice, strategy, implementation and training) to individuals and companies wishing to gain a foothold and increase their presence in this sector.

It is ultimately what he has wanted to do for a long time and now is a dream come true!

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The Art of Curation Class at pariSoma: Teaching a Passion

Can you teach how to be authentic and engage online? I absolutely believe it especially when we talk about curation. We are all natural curators. We have all a passion, a message, a topic we love to focus on or to talk about with others.
This Monday, at pariSoma in San Francisco, it was “the art of curation” for me. I was introducing my series by presenting what a curator is to me, and exploring why curation is important for an individual or a brand in the digital age of information overload.

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Lord of Curation Series: Karen Dietz

Karen Dietz, owner of Just Story It, works with executives and companies in capturing and telling their most compelling stories to increase their influence in marketing, branding, and leadership activities. She has over 25 years in business consulting, training, facilitating, and organizational narratives. Withdoctorate in Folklore, Karen has been academically educated in storytelling and over the years has been trained by some of the nation’s top performance storytellers.  She draws on her experience in Fortune 500 companies, start-ups, and non-profit organizations to provide practical experience, guidance, and tools in working with stories that can be put to work immediately.

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Lord of Curation Series: Susan Bainbridge

Susan Bainbridge has been a leader and educator for the past 40 years. She has transformed students, teachers, schools, communities, institutions and businesses. She has met the challenge of change in her own culture and in different cultures in which she has lived and worked. Her ideas and philosophy of transformational leadership go far beyond the rhetoric of simply a ‘vision’ and she can articulate the process in such a way, that other potential leaders can understand the specifics and map out their personal journey to create and sustain positive change.

Susan understands the importance of maintaining an ‘online presence’. She can be found on all major social media sites as well as on her popular curated sites. She works regularly on her Scoop.it pages and sees curation as a very important aspect of her digital presence and personal development.

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Lord of Curation Series: Anise Smith

Anise Smith is a GRADUATE of Full Sail University with a Masters Degree in Internet Marketing. I Graduated in one year with a 3.71 GPA, then created Anise Smith Marketing to provide a total solutions avenue for Clients Marketing Needs. We offer a variety of options for new and established companies to promote their brand, including,Cutting Edge QR Code Marketing, Mobile Web , Custom Facebook iFrame Applications/Fan Pages, Print Services, Unique Custom QR CODE Promotional Products and the most cutting edge Internet Marketing services. So in essence we are the one stop shop for ALL of your marketing needs. Specializing in Mixing Traditional Marketing such as Print, Web and Promotional Products with New Media Marketing Technologies such as Social Medial Marketing, Mobile Marketing and Virtual Worlds. Throw in some Search Engine Optimization, Social Media Optimization and Web Analytics, now that’s what I call a Marketing Mix.

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Lord of Curation Series: Ammar Abdulhamid

Ammar Abdulhamid is a liberal democracy activist whose anti-regime activities led to his exile from Syria on September 7, 2005. He now lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, with his supporting family: his wife Khawla, and their two children: Oula (b. 1986) and Mouhanad (b. 1990). Ammar is the founder and director of the Tharwa Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to democracy promotion in the Greater Middle East and North Africa region.

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