Our digital landscape is evolving and becoming more complex all the time (Scime, 2009). To keep up with this growth and ensure that information isn’t lost in the jumble, we need a system that allows us to bring everything together. Digital curation, akin to that of curating at a museum, is the best way for us to achieve this (Boardman, 2013). With digital data becoming a larger part of day – to – day use for the normal person, it is more and more important that students have access to quality and readily available information for use in their studies (Higgins 2011).
Digital curation allows for unnecessary news to be filtered out, which assists students to find various different viewpoints on topics in the one place, such as Scoop.it. In today’s digital world, students have access to a wealth of knowledge at their fingertips, which can lead to a content overload (“Why Scoopit Is Becoming”, 2013). Sites such as Scoop.it can show students how to gain the knowledge to start curating for themselves, as it has already shown them how good curation is performed and implemented.
As Cannon (2015) states there is a growing concern for business and academic researchers to find information for their areas of research. With data “being created, collected and captured” (Cannon, 2015) digital curation provides options for less time consuming data retrieval, and makes the daunting and expanding data realm more understandable. The hand-picked information and assets on curated sources brings together the communities voice and creates a platform for the curator to add their own voice (Scime, 2009). Students can be safe in the knowledge that when they are researching and writing opinions on these sites, they will receive information that is both knowledgeable and respectful towards them.
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Higgins, S. (2011). Digital Curation: The Emergence of a New Discipline, International Journal of Digital Curation, 6, 78-88. doi:10.2218/ijdc.v6i2.191
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