I don’t know about you but I often don’t get things right the first time. When I start a project – a blog, or a curation project on KBucket – I start with a topic , by creating a few categories to store my curated links .
What happens next is inevitable – as I curate, my ideas on how to tag and organize change. Often the reason is because I can not find what I curated and that tells me that the tags and the grouping are not optimal and they need to change or enhanced.
For example just today a user asked about paper.li type apps that organize information in magazine format – I have curated this information on my Search & Social Media page – So I searched for paper.li on KBucket, since my search terms did not find me the desired information, clearly because the tagging was not optimal, so I enhanced it.
A good curated page takes time to build and optimize. If you are just filtering and aggregating without going back to improve your research, then you are not really curating! Curation by definition is organization and maintenance.
Additionally the value and usability of your curated page improves when the organization and tagging is informed by a community. Different people have different ways of relating to the same information. Therefore crowd sourcing is a critical function of building optimal curated pages.
Our two year case study of a group of 70 people shows that an optimal curated page (the groups and tags on a topic) takes about 2 months to optimize.
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