Digital Curation


(Sutton, 2014)

A month ago, I had never heard of ‘digital curation’.

To be honest, “curation” sounded like something that would happen in a museum.


(Roseberry, 2011)

I needed a great definition!

“Curation is an act of creating new meaning by combining existing content with new perspective” (Minocha and Petre, 2012).


‘Digital curation’ is the process of collecting information from various digital sources, and presenting it in a manner that suits the curator’s needs… just like in a museum!

Steven Rosenbaum’s video served as a useful introduction to the concept that whereas previously we, the public, had been only consumers of the media, now we are all creating it.
Today we can “archive, annotate, appropriate, and recirculate media content in powerful new ways”(Jenkins et al, 2009).

Watch Gideon Burton’s video:

Did you notice this slide?


(Burton, 2015)

How helpful!

So digital curation has three main purposes.

  1. Expression

    We can all curate our own “digital cabinet of curiosities”.

    If I love teapots, then I can pull together my favourite teapot-related media, and share it with the world.

  2. Marketing

    Perhaps I might have created the teapot collection as a vehicle for promoting my product relevant to teapot enthusiasts.

    That is curating for marketing purposes.

  3. Understanding

Meaningful collections of useful content can be useful for education purposes.

*Pinterest allows users to collect interesting media together.

*Storify collates social media input relevant to the “story” being told.

*Diego and Zotero allow for group collection and annotation of digital bookmarks.


(V, 2009)

In a time when we are being constantly offered far too much information, “digital curation represents a good faith effort to… make sense of the world” (Roseberry, 2011).

As teachers, we will need to have organised stores of resources both for our own use, and to offer to our students.

Let’s curate!

Words: 300.


Burton, G. (2015). Digital Curation. Retrieved from YouTube:

Jenkins, H., Purushotma, R., Weigel, M., Clinton, K. & Robinson, A.J. (2009). Confronting the challenges of participatory culture: Media education for the 21st Century. A report for the MacArthur Foundation. Boston: MIT Press.

Kelly, D. (2014). Digital Curation: Definitions, Tools, and Strategies. Retrieved from:

Minocha, S. & Petre, M. (2012). Vitae Innovate- Handbook of social media for researchers and supervisors-digital technologies for research dialogues. The Open University. -and-supervisors.html

Roseberry, J. (2011) [image]. Crazy About Curation. 3 Bee Brothers. Retrieved from:

Roseberry, J. (2011) Crazy About Curation. 3 Bee Brothers. Retrieved from:

Rosenbaum, S. (2011) . Retrieved from Youtube:

Sutton, M. (2014). [image]. Content Creation Tools- The Ultimate List. Retrieved from:

Sutton, M. (2014). Content Creation Tools- The Ultimate List. Retrieved from:

V, S. (2009) [image]. Retrieved from:


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