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By JAMES ROUGHTON, MS, CSP, Six Sigma Black Belt and NATHAN CRUTCHFIELD, CSP, CPCU, ARM, ARP

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o enhance your value to any organization, one must become a “curator” that can identify, select, qualify, and organize essential information. Why is this important? Daniel Pink in his book, “To Sell is Human” (Pink 2012), addresses the major shift that has occurred with the unlimited access to information that has changed what we do and how we manage our organizations. Pink discusses how information was once controlled by a designated specialist who had the only access to and control of information.

“Curation – The act of curating, of organizing and maintaining of a collection of artworks or artifacts” (“Curation,” n.d.) The term Curation is now used to cover the gathering, organizing, and maintaining of all types of information. Today’s technology allows massive amounts of information to be readily available through an Intranet (internal database) or the Internet. Because of this fire hose stream of information, you should consider developing a disciplined practice of managing data. “Content Curation is the process of sorting through the vast amounts of content on the web and presenting it in a meaningful and organized way around a specific theme. The work involves sifting, sorting, arranging, and publishing information.”(Kanter, n.d.)

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Why is curation important?
If you are asked by your manager to make a presentation on the status of a safety-related issue, can you quickly access the correct information? Not only must you ensure that your information is timely, you may have to respond to information brought to you from leadership and employees that they have found in researching the same subject. “First, in the past, the best salespeople were adept at accessing information. Today, they must be skilled at curating it — sorting through massive troves of data and presenting to others the most relevant and clarifying pieces.”(Pink, 2012) “But the teacher works to convince his class to part with resources — time, attention, effort.” (Pink, 2012)

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As safety professionals, what we sell is our knowledge and expertise in return for the leadership team’s and employees’ time, attention, and effort that is required to sustain the safety management system. The goal is to be able to interpret data and information so that the leadership and employees are on the “same page.”

Research and selecting information
A number of resources or search engines are available to find information. For example, the Google “Advanced Search” feature provides a page to narrow down and refine a search statement. (“Google Advance Search,” n.d.) Google “Inside Search” provides a list of search operators to gain additional control over your search. (“Google Inside Search,” n.d.) Google Scholar provides a way to locate scholarly literature across many disciplines and sources such as articles, books, abstracts, etc. (“Google Scholar,” n.d.) Your role is to become the trusted source for quality resources, interpretation of findings, and developing consensus on how the information is to be used and action plans developed. By properly referencing and citing your sources, the leadership team and employees are ensured that you have provided the best source to resolve the identified concern. “With electronic search tools, you can often locate dozens or even hundreds of potential sources for your topic… Your challenge will be to home in on a reasonable number of quality

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