Archive for category: Curation

What Made Google Great May Be Its Biggest Risk

What Made Google Great May Be Its Biggest Risk

The search giant humanized the Web. Now it needs to do it again. Google’s stated mission is to “organize the world’s information,” but when it launched its search engine, it wound up doing more than that. The ranking system offered the public a sense of which results were important, based […]

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Herd Investors Spotted: Visualization of Hedge Fund Herd Mentality

Herd Investors Spotted: Visualization of Hedge Fund Herd Mentality

It’s no secret that many investors think alike. When they do, we say they have a “herd mentality”; when they don’t, we call them “contrarians”. And it’s usually speculation as to who’s which. At least it used to be. I decided to run hedge fund holdings data through Curalytics to create a […]

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Songza has a Curation Scaling Problem, and now Google Does Too

Songza has a Curation Scaling Problem, and now Google Does Too

The Songza team will do great things for Google—but it won’t be because of curation. Google recently acquired Songza for what is widely believed to be their expertise with curation. But Songza doesn’t describe themselves as a curated music service, but rather, a “lifestyle enhancement company,” and it’s important to […]

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How to Curate a Winning Collection

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January 6, 2014

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How to Curate a Winning Collection

Square, the mobile payments company, has a new online marketplace for small businesses. This Holiday Season, they sponsored a competition for the most creative and diverse curated “wish list” of products. The prize: $1,000 worth of items from your list. Fortunately, mine was a top ten winner. I’m passionate about […]

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Visualizing Taste in Art with Big Data Curation Analysis – Curalytics and Curiator

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November 23, 2013

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Visualizing Taste in Art with Big Data Curation Analysis – Curalytics and Curiator

Big data and art don’t usually go together. Until now that is. Here at Curalytics, we’ve teamed up with Curiator, an art community, to provide big data analysis of their curation data. On Curiator, everyone is an art curator and creates their own collections of art in “rooms”. It is with […]

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Filter Overload – Curation Scales Differently

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September 5, 2013

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Filter Overload – Curation Scales Differently

Caption: The filter scalability diagram plots the four content filters across the dimensions of objectivity and subjectivity and simplicity and complexity. The curating filter, both complex and subjective, is at the highest risk of overload. The Content Filter Framework shows us that there are 4 fundamental content filters: sorting, categorizing, […]

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The Definition of Curation

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June 5, 2013

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The Definition of Curation

cu·ra·tion (kyəˈrāshən) The subjective selection, categorization, and arrangement of content. There are a vast variety of definitions of content curation on the web. Heidi Cohen aggregated 19 different definitions on her blog alone. Part of the cause behind such variety is the inadequate definition offered by Websters Dictionary: “past part. of curare to […]

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The Future of Retail is Curation

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June 4, 2013

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The Future of Retail is Curation

“In short, curation looks to provide customers with the best possible products instead of the most products possible.” The Motley Fool just wrote a great piece on curation entitled The Future of Retail is Curation. The article starts by observing that while, for example, the Amazon star rating system helped […]

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Content Filter Framework

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April 26, 2013

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Content Filter Framework

Overview Organization starts in the mind. When we develop a sense of order in our minds and apply it to the world, we organize. Interestingly, our sense of order has predictable attributes. The first pair of attributes describes perspective, which can be subjective or objective. The second pair of attributes […]

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The Internet Cure Part 1: Content Overload

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April 25, 2013

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The Internet Cure Part 1: Content Overload

Summary More content is produced every day than a person can consume in a lifetime. It would take the average music listener 59 years to listen to all new professional music sold in a year, and the average reader 247 years to read all new books in a year. The […]

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