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Are you a web curator?

This is long, sometimes rambling video of Howard Rheingold intervieweing Robert Schoble.

Uploaded by  on Mar 7, 2011
"Increasingly, curation is becoming an important participation/collaboration skill for digital citizens. I interviewed Robert Scoble, one of the most prolific and highly knowledgeable curators about how he does what he does and what advice he has for others."



In the video, Rheingold and Scoble discuss:

How to be a curator? "See patterns that no one else sees... verify that pattern, and expand the pattern."
Curating is "knowing something about sources, or a particular subject," "using tools that magnify your skill".

How do you begin?
Start with a list of people you trust, and like reading.  Understand who they are, and "follow" them.
Use tools - (Twitter), TweetDeck, Flipboard.  Use high level aggregation - Yahoo News, Huffington Post, Tech News (depending on your interests)
Don't try to compete with other people.  Pick a very specific, small area, and become an authority.

"Using your systems, you'll build a "pattern recognizer" in your brain...to look for the pattern that you care about...".

I've shared this video here because I think that as a class investigates a unit of inquiry topic, it becomes a short-term curator for that central idea.  Together they question, research, discuss, collect resources, write, present, etc., their understanding of an idea.  Most of that information is stored in the record of the unit -  a portfolio, a planner, a blog.  They've created a curated collection for the next class interested in the topic, in their own school, or somewhere else in the world.  How are we sharing these collections? How are they indexed, tagged, and posted?  Why is this important in an environment which is also encouraging digital literacies of participation, collaboration, attention, critical consumption, and network awareness?