I was intrigued by an article on Fast Company’s blog titled “Content Curators Are the New Superheros of the Web.” The author describes the fast growing trend of curation, as demonstrated by the increasing popularity of Pinterest. He defines curation as “the act of individuals with a passion for a content area to find, contextualize, and organize information. Curators provide a consistent update regarding what’s interesting, happening, and cool in their focus. Curators tend to have a unique and consistent point of view–providing a reliable context for the content that they discover and organize.”
Isn’t this, at least in part, what has been happening in the digital humanities and in libraries and archives for years now? How does the popularization of content curation help our field? How does it hurt? Is there a wave we can catch?
I propose this as a General Discussion session with a potential outcome to decide if there is some action we might want to take. (Pretty vague – almost, but not quite, a Grab Bag session.)