Being a Digital Curator

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Digital Curation is defined as the process by which you select and manage the digital content that we are all creating in our cultural heritage institutions and research institutions not only for now but for the future (Molinario, 2013). Being a digital curator is not only the creating of new information and data on a digital resource but also preserving this data, material and information for future use.

According to Flintoff, Mellow & Clark 2014, due to technology continually advancing, digital creation tools are becoming easily accessible, allowing anyone to become a curator. A digital curator has the skills and abilities to focus in on a specific topic collecting valuable and viable information aswell as artifacts to share with the inteneded audience for the topic. A digital must have a high level of quality control where they filter through information disgarding low quality material to allow the higher quality to be able to surface and present an idea to a higher standard (Flintoff, Mellow, & Clark, 2014).

Digital information is all around us, the process of information been born digital or digitally reformatted is a continual process that is occuring every second of every day (Yakel, Conway, Hedstrom & Wallces, 2011). Today as technology continually advances, digital creation tools allow for individuals to apply filters and refine the collection they are veiwing. This allows for the informaton to be refined quick and easily so they can asscess directly the information they are needing, filtering out that which is deemed unessecary to that individual

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A digital curator is in everyone as readers can openly comment on post by curators allowing for a collaborative experience to develop. Digital curation has the potential to enhance education in many areas. Curation is an act of creating new meaning by combining existing content with new perspective (Flintoff, Mellow & Clark, 2014).

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