There has been a lot of conversation on our LinkedIn and Facebook page about what curation is and how it relates to DataSift and our services. We look at curation here at DatSift in terms of digital curation, which is defined broadly as the selection, preservation, maintenance, collection and archiving of digital data. Here’s what Andy Gott has to say on the subject of Real Time Curation:
Here’s how we do it, we collect and bring together real time streams from Twitter, WordPress.com, SixApart, Google Buzz, MySpace and InfoChimps. (And we will be adding more great real time streams in due course.) By collecting data from reputable well known real time sources we start with a really interesting selection of data to start sorting against.
On top of the basic curation we also have the ability to curate content based on sentiment through Salience, authority via PeerIndex and influence based on Klout. Each of these services enables a deeper level of understanding of the output data providing just the data that you find useful or of interest.
And on that final note I’ll leave you with a quote from Hugh Macken on curation.
What are your thoughts on this area and how do you think the definition of curation will change in the future to take into account the raft of real time data? What additional services would you like to see integrated with DataSift?