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March 02, 2012

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Krcraft

Timely post, Rachel. I was pondering filtering through the lens of curation this morning, and this piece ties in nicely.

I've shared that feeling of vague discomfort at times; that misleading feeling of certainty that we might miss that one sure and necessary golden knowledge nugget while unplugged. But, as you noted,there is comfort in 'trusting that if it is really important, it will circle back.'

For me, that ease has been a learned process, linked closely with that self-awareness of interest and needs as they relate to priorities. No machine or technology can replace either the filtering, or the organizing of information in a way that makes it easy for us to circle back ourselves. Selective curation helps, and as you also noted, it is never a static thing.

Digital curation has become a bit of a buzz phrase, but effective curators collect people, not just content. As priorities and projects shift, so too should our attention and focus shift towards the most relevant voices of the moment - and the future.

An example of tactical organization I change dynamically might be something as simple as creating a new twitter list or dashboard columns including only the best commentators attending an event or conference that I have to miss. Sure, following the conference hashtag might give the overall flavour, but we'd still have to filter through far too much to dig out the treasures most useful to ourselves. By carefully segregating voices that won't just report, but will debate and offer opinions, we can zero in on the nuggets, do further research, and perhaps even chime in in absentia with something relevant ourselves.

As well, it is a great way to surface new voices of interest - who are the people I trust talking or debating with? If interesting, add them to main daily filtering pipeline, or blog feed. End of conference - and we simply drop that column or list off the roles and carry on with usual filtering until the next big thing happens.

This is just one example, but I've found that binge proactive about setting and resetting my filters has been far more effective and efficient than trying to come up with a master system that covers all scenarios.

As you've stated - it is indeed adaptive, and that self-awareness, coupled with a few quick tricks helps ease discomfort - and services priorities.

Skhanyz

Hi Rachel,
This is a fascinating take of a problem that has been vexing me for year. Indeed, I've been working on a technology solution to 'guarantee' that the the data _will_ circle back.

We've been developing a curation software that actually analyzes all the documents that you normally would have had the opportunity to read and employs smart natural-language-processing to refine them into a manageable list. I'll send you a note when gnowit.com is ready to step out of stealth mode, and would love some feedback on whether you found this useful.

Best,

Shahzad

Quiip

Great post Rachel. I think being in Australia I learnt fairly quickly that I couldn't keep up with the info overload on twitter - as there'd be hours of great US/UK content overnight and I hadn't even quite woken up yet!

Krcraft's point is spot-on with regards to curation also being about collecting people. I really treat my twitter followers as people foraging the internet for useful info - purely for me. Haha! I try to keep my follower numbers low but they need more pruning.

I too trust that info will circle back. I think it's also about balancing "unconnected" time and recognising this helps refuel you.

Your post is great - the bullet-points have given me some things to reflect on further...

Rhappe

Great comments and it does come down to people vs. the content because we are collectively always adapting and if people you trust suddenly become interested in something that you cannot predict, you would definitely miss something.
Alison - the unconnected time is also really important. The perspective you get helps to re-prioritize and focus and that is definitely something technology will never be able to solve!

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