The Curation Equation
The curator has a very important job. There are good curators and bad curators.
In a world of too much information, we are all curators. Sometimes we are intentional curators, but most of the time we tend be unintentional curators. Ignoring things and not paying attention is a form of curation.
Organizations are also a form of unconscious and unstructured curation. Reporting structures and the amount of detail reported at each subsequent level of the hierarchy (if one exists). Shout out to all the holacrats!
Inside organizations, information management and information behavior takes on many forms. How many details to share? Which do you emphasize? Which do you hold back? Which do you follow up.
This is the very human side of information curation. What gets captured in IT systems and when does it get captured? The other side of this equation are the programmatic decisions that are made that dictate what happens to this information.
At that point, it moves into something like algorithmic curation. Search engines and social media websites are a form of curation. They take data in and spew it back out curated by your behavior and your expressed interests. Most automated dashboards in IT systems are a form of curation.
Qualitative curation is what publications typically do. They curate information to make it digestible and to tell a story to their audience. Libraries are curated as are most retail establishments. These are conscious human decisions to present information.
The question moving forward for a world that has exponential growth of information is who do you trust to curate it so it is most useful to you.