The Age of Curation

06/04/2010

Last month, Forrester Research analyst Sarah Rotman Epps coined the term “Curated Computing.” Wired was quick to pick up on the story. The most obvious example of this is Apple’s App Store, but computer curating is used everywhere. Thunderbird’s tagging functionality, Google’s algorithms for ranking results are a form of crowd curating, Facebook’s ‘Like’ button like the one at the bottom of this post….

Submishmash strongly believes that curators are essential to art and literary culture. How do we choose what to read or view? There are only so many hours in the day. Editors are curators. The internet has done everything to empower the creator but very little to empower the curator. It is a million times easier to write and publish than it was just 10 years ago. But editors are all out of a job. They are inundated with submissions and then no one buys their products or pays them for their work.

We’re excited about this next stage, where software can empower editors and curators with the same power that it’s given the writers and artists. Writers and artists will only thrive if their publishers, editors, and curators do as well. Submishmash is a pivotal piece in this revolution.

Michael FitzGerald

Michael lives in Missoula, MT, with his wife and two sons. He’s the CEO and one of the founders of Submittable and the author of the novel Radiant Days.