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Content Curation to build and share Content Hubs for Knowledge Management and Information Literacies


Amount of information, through scientific published papers and social media networks is more and more overwhelming and the term “infobesity” was coined for information overload. There is also now abundance of tools to find information. However, access to specific information by end-users (either professionals, researchers, educators, students…) remains a challenge for many. Information professionals, such as librarians and institutes can offer help building personalized resources and contents. Strategic intelligence, science and technical watch are helping companies with specific methods and software. But individual researchers are more and more in charge of their own information search but have not received training during their students’years. Content curation emerged as a « new » concept some years ago and numerous tools are now available on the internet but their usage seems more focused on marketing purposes than on information, knowledge management and education. From our personal experience and from other curators, we evaluated in a research action project the possibilities and hindrances of this activity for open knowledge and information management, and the opportunities in scholarly communication and information literacies education. We analysed successful topics on in terms of audience in various domains such as Biological Sciences (Immunology, Virology, Entomology..), Geography, Education… Advantages of using a content curation tool such as to collect and agregate relevant information of interest for professionals, teachers, students… are present at the different levels of information management process. Finding information relies mainly on crawling engines, but also when browsing. More and more relevant ones also come from general social networks (Twitter, Linkedin…) and from scientific or common interest networks, even on the same curation tool. Selecting information as well as commenting, elevating, tagging depends on the curator activity. Illustrating can be offered by the tool or modified by the curator. He can also create and publish scoops. Information is then posted as a virtual attractive Web open magazine. It can be shared further on various social networks, through e-mail and/or newsletters. After archiving, an inside search engine allows retrieval, months or years after posting. If advantage versus artificial intelligence is the human added value of curation, it is also the main limit requiring regular and persistent activity. Another limit, surprising from educators, is the willingness to share information. Content Curation allows building specific relevant resources content hubs for content discovery and distribution. It can be used by professionals in various fields of interest, researchers, and laypeople willing to follow their topics of interest, keep abreast of information, building leadership and open new connections of knowledge through serendipitous encounters. Educational usage helps students and trainees surfing the wave of information and mastering health and information literacies. It can be used in hybrid and blended active learning, stimulating curiosity. Their content hub can be used as a portfolio, and help them build a personal learning network for their future life-long learning
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Gilbert C Faure. Content Curation to build and share Content Hubs for Knowledge Management and Information Literacies. Conférence BOBCATSSS 2023, Library and information science (Lis), Jan 2023, Oslo, Norway. ⟨hal-04101766⟩
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