I have been wanting to write about this subject for a while. Curation is a hot and emerging topic and there are new products introduced almost weekly that try to tackle the challenge of curation.
The reason for this blog post is to communicate a simple message – Filtering is not curation – Curation by definition is organization and maintenance – A filtering system like Twylah for example is not curation, it is closer to aggregation. This is not to say that Twylah is not valuable and filtering is not a useful activity. This is just to say that the product of curation is maintaining and optimizing research on a topic and streams that are changing at warp speed are simply filters and not curated pages.
We use moreover technologies aggregation system as an aggregation service integrated into our tool. Powerful aggregation services like moreover have the capability to surf the entire web and aggregate links based on a multi-level filtering system. If you have ever used one of these systems you know that the results, even though very compelling and useful always include noise. Curation is the human process of taking out the noise. The product of curation always needs a human to add the ultimate value.
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