No longer do we require librarians to curate information for us. With new digital technologies and programs available, anyone with access to the internet can become a Digital Curator. WIth a range of tools, digital curation allows anyone with a focused interest in specific topics to find and collect information to share with a targeted audience, as explained by Flintoff, Mellow and Pickett Clark (2014). DigCurv (2013) have produced a short clip into the importance of digital curation.
Digital Curation is becoming an excellent tool as users are able to ‘weed out’ and filter through information that is not needed, and allows the important information to be readily available for further and future use.
Shohat (2015) explains how there are sometimes common misconception when it comes to digital curation. Some individual believe that “the purpose of curation is to carve out a manageable selection from an unmanageable amount of content”. This is not the idea behind digital curation, rather it being able to source information in a manageable way that is high in quality and refined to an optimal creation of valuable information.
With digital curation becoming very popular with internet users, excellent programs have been established and available for anyone to use. Two of them being Scoopit and Pinterest. Scoopit is quickly becoming an indispensable learning tool, as explained by Johnson (2013). Scoopit allows users to curate online to an online magazine format. This format makes it very effect to students.
As teachers, we curate information is all different forms, as discussed by Howell (2014). We are no longer limited to a book or piece of paper, but images, online articles, audio files and videos. With large amounts of information come multiple messages in one piece of information. As effective teachers, critical evaluation of the reliable of information needs to be taken before we can curate information.
Collabor8now! (2014). Mastering Digital Content Curation [Image]. Retrieved from http://www.collabor8now.com/knowledge-management/mastering-digital-content-curation/
Flintoff, K., Mellow, P., Pickett Clark, K. (2014). Digital Curation: Opportunities for Learning, Teaching, Research and Professional Development. Retrieved from ctl.curtin.edu.au/events/conferences/t;f/tlf2014/refereed/flintoff.html?_ga=1.19699576.113068935.1441013579
DigCurV. (2013, May 23). What is Digital Curation [Video file]. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cuOdgvyrgm
Shohot, A. (2015, September). Why Content Curation is Key to Sustainable Growth in Digital Music. Retrieved from http://hypebot.com/hypebot/2015/09/why-content-curation-is-key-to-sustainable-growth-in-the-digital-music-ari-shohot.html
Johnson, L. (2013, February 18). Why Scoopit is Becoming an Indispensible Tool. Retrieved from http://teachingthought.com/technology/why-scoopit-is-becoming-an-indispensable-learning-tool/
Howell, J. (2014, March, 25). Living and Learning in the Digital World Mod 02 02 Week 5. Retrieved from http://echo.ilecture.curtin.edu.au:8443/ess/echo/presentation/822c603c-a7da-4f41-8466-5103980d029e?_ga=1.260030410.113068935.1441013579
TopRank Blog (2014, May). How Content Curation and Tools can fit in Your Digital Marketing Mix [Image]. Retrieved from http://www.toprankblog.com/2014/05/content-curation-digital-marketing-mix/