What will be the killer app for curation?

From Jer Thorp via Flickr Creative Commons

The process of curation — sifting through the abundance of knowledge about a topic and making decisions about what is most meaningful — is rapidly becoming a core skill, whether one is in Academia or not.

Just as Web 1.0 (publishing) and Web 2.0 (connecting) reached a threshold where they became part of the basic online experience, so too can curation. Web 1.0 had Blogger, Web 2.0 had Facebook. Web 3.0 has had “Liking” on Facebook and WordPress (and the Google Buzz concept), I wonder where the killer app that pushes curation into the cultural mainstream will come from.

In: Learning, Musing, Transformation


  1. Posted August 30, 2010 at 12:16 pm | Permalink

    You may be interested in “CTLT and Friends” a group in the Diigo social bookmarking service. Several of us in the former Center for Teaching and Learning at WSU are members (Our unit is now oai.wsu.edu after a re-org, but we kept the group to track our interests in learning. You’ll also note an accreditation thread there now, as we look at how one “accredits” learning and the organizations that facilitate it.

    • Jay Collier
      Posted August 30, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Permalink

      Thanks. I haven’t used Diigo before, and this group is an excellent entree: http://groups.diigo.com/group/ctlt-and-friends. And, since I can simultaneously post to Delicious and export as bookmarks, Diigo passes my first evaluation test!

  2. Posted August 30, 2010 at 7:25 pm | Permalink

    I agree – Web 3.0 will be the relevant, curated web. Where ‘semantic web’ and ‘intelligent web’ stop being buzzwords and actually become tangible web applications. Some apps that I’m excited for (other than my own :-P) are Flipboard and Paper.li. They aren’t quite the killer app yet, but there seems to be a bright light down the end of that tunnel.

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