What’s Curation Commons?

Web curation has been a hot topic since last year. More and more people start to use web curation tools for difference purposes. After blogger, there is a new term called web curator. Andy Carvin, who is from NPR, is aggregating and curating many streams of information about the protests in Tunisia and Egypt. Ethan Zuckerman published an excellent interview with Carvin exploring why he’s been posting an average of 400 tweets daily for the last month. His story is a great example of how web curators can make a difference.

Ethan’s post inspired me to think the idea of Curation Commons, a term coined by me.

Basically, Curation Commons means people curate public web content to build a CC licensed content network that anyone can access on the Web. Curation Commons is inspired by Creative Commons. The Web has a lot of contents. Now we need curators to re-organize these original creations. People can choose Creative Commons licenses for their curated contents to form a new content network anyone can assess on the Web.

Curation Commons content network can be formed by the following eight ways of curating.

1. Translating:
Offer you contents in 100 languages, here is an example from TED.

2. Highlighting:
Pick several sentences from an article with three thousands characters, so that the core idea will be more powerful to spread.

3. Editing:
Put pieces of contents together to form a new content with new meaning. Express your opinions by organizing them.

4. Ranking:
Put similar contents together and rank them by importance.

5. Re-formating:
Transform contents from one medium format to another, such as from text to video, from audio to presentation etc.

6. Collecting:
Collect contents from difference sources to present a new picture on the topic.

7. Embedding:
Embed original contents to a blog or a site, then ask readers to embed them to their sites.

8. Designing:
Change the font size, use different font, match the words with pictures to highlight the theme of the topic.

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