In the cult classic Total Recall, Douglas Quaid went on a virtual vacation and was flooded with visual memories that drove him to visit the planet Mars. What followed was a series of events that only Hollywood could create. Though real life isn’t as imaginative as Arnold Schwarzenegger’s character in the movie, our brains and the way we learn and remember things is still incredibly astounding.
If you run a quick Google search for anything that includes the term “content curation” you’re bound to see a list of articles, lists, and product advertisements that help marketers curate content more effectively. And I understand why this has happened.
Everyone on the Shelf.io team was extremely excited to see our CEO’s article featured on the home page of Fast Company this past weekend! In this column, Sedarius Perrotta talks about how the month he spent living with the Tucano tribe of the Amazon forever shaped his career and helped guide him on his entrepreneurial journey.
The term “curate” was originally created to describe how museums presented a collection of conserved artifacts. Even though in today’s world, the idea of curation extends far beyond art galleries and museums, the concept is still the same: It means to organize, compile, and present information.
Sir Isaac Newton is best known for his Law of Universal Gravitation, but the first thing that comes to my mind when I think about Newton is his quote: “If I have seen further, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants.” Sadly, there is no “Law of Giant Shoulder-Standing”, but I think we should consider making one (after enlisting someone to come up with a better name, of course).
Libraries, though they have evolved over time, are still an integral part of the curation of information. Over thousands of years to the present day, they have remained a place that houses a collection of information for people to reference. No matter how they vary, there are some universalities that remain the same.
Libraries have been around since the ancient world (3rd millennium BC, no joke) as a way to document, record, and archive. They precede other community institutions like hospitals and schools because of the sheer magnitude their job of preserving history holds.