The Curator’s Code

Regular readers may have noticed some little symbols appearing in posts ( and ) and a slight change in the way I attribute stories or posts.

In blogging there are two basic ways of attributing where ideas of quotes, or indeed whole posts come from.

Until now it was done with words, like ‘via’ or ‘hat tip’

Not only is it polite to acknowledge sources, something the mainstream media is terrible at doing it also shows where you get your influences from and allows the source information to be scrutinized allowing better discussion of issues or topics.

At The Curator’s Code they explain the ethos of linking:

One of the most magical things about the Internet is that it’s a whimsical rabbit hole of discovery – we start somewhere familiar and click our way to a wonderland of curiosity and fascination we never knew existed. What makes this contagion of semi-serendipity possible is an intricate ecosystem of “link love” – a via-chain of attribution that allows us to discover new sources through those we already know and trust.

While we have systems in place for literary citation, image attribution, and scientific reference, we don’t yet have a system that codifies the attribution of discovery in curation as a currency of the information economy, a system that treats discovery as the creative labor that it is.

This is what The Curator’s Code is – a suggested system for honoring the creative and intellectual labor of information discovery by making attribution consistent and codified, celebrating authors and creators, and also respecting those who discover and amplify their work. It’s an effort to make the rabbit hole open, fair, and ever-alluring. This not about policing the Internet from a place of top-down authority, it’s about encouraging respect and kindness among the community.

I read about this and have decided to implement it. Sometimes I may leave it out, but that is more out of laziness than wilful disobedience to the code.

Consider this a part of the ever changing world of Whale Oil Beef Hooked as I seek to continually improve, innovate and stay in front in the blogosphere in NZ.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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