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curation

Curation is a field of endeavor involved with assembling, managing and presenting some type of collection. Curators of art galleries and museums, for example, research, select and acquire pieces for their institutions’ collections and oversee interpretation, displays and exhibits.  

In an IT (information technology) context, there are several different but often overlapping types of curation. These include:

  • Data curation – The management of data throughout its lifecycle, from creation and initial storage to the time when it is archived or becomes obsolete and is deleted.
  • Digital curation – The management of any kind of digital data, through the use of software and other digital technology.  
  • Content curation – The oversight of a collection of Web content arranged around a particular theme or subject area.
  • Social curation – The collaborative oversight of collections of Web content organized around types of content. Pinterest, for example, is a collaborative site for sharing and organizing images.
This was last updated in August 2012

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