The Curator's Code

Friday, March 23, 2012


One of the greatest assets of the internet is that it leads to great content discoveries that readers might not otherwise be able to find. One of the biggest liabilities is that content is frequently repackaged without crediting its creators or where it was found. Brooke talks to Maria Popova, editor of the website Brain Pickings and one of the creators of the Curator's Code, which seeks to honor the way people discover content online.


Maria Popova

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Brooke Gladstone

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Aug. 27 2014 05:45 AM
Will Caxton

Ms Popova never explained, and Ms Gladstone never asked, how this proposed new scheme is any better than, or different from, the accepted practice of using footnotes. The only visible advantage is free publicity for Ms Popova and her Web sites.

Apr. 10 2012 04:30 PM
Dusty Cole from Tucson, AZ

Awesome. I was glad to hear the program recognize Ms. Popova, and her site Brainpickings, in addition to the majority of the piece on The Curator's Code I stumbled upon Brainpickings a few years back and it is one of, if not the, most creative collections of content I've ever come across. I dig The Curator's Code, too. Just the nuance of pointing out increased idea origin and meaning, and thus creates more specificity of meaning, more clarity of thought, and increased understanding. Kudos to all involved in the piece...: )

Apr. 09 2012 03:43 PM
nerdpocalypse from

There are two parts you've failed to integrate ?!?
1) "An aha moment comes when the brain integrates various sources of information"
2) It would be nice to have attribution of a path of internet information.

Obviously, these are the same thing. If you have numerous integrated sources of information and their attribution paths, you will have a graphic of a net.
We call this... a nerdpocalypse net.

(duh). not so duh is that you can reliably produce the aha moment by making a page.

Mar. 26 2012 02:06 AM
Steve MacIntyre from Greenville, Delaware

"Maybe we should throw that out to the listeners. If you can find a better word for Maria, send it along…"

Find a better word for Maria? How is such a thing possible? Wasn't the question settled once and for all by Stephen Sondheim in "West Side Story"?

"The most beautiful sound I ever heard: Maria…
All the beautiful sounds of the world in a single word: Maria…
How wonderful a sound Can be! Maria!
Say it loud and there's music playing,
Say it soft and it's almost like praying.

Quite. How could there be any better word for Maria?

Mar. 25 2012 08:16 PM
Brendan Keefe from NY

It's hard for me to believe OTM thought this idea was worth covering. The general idea of encouraging attribution isn't a bad one, I guess, particularly among journalists higher up the ladder, but basically? Either you're the sort of person who already writes "via" or "h/t" in your blog posts and tweets, because you already get basic courtesy, or you're not. I fail to see how fluffing cutesy symbols is going to change anything. Especially when you realize that they aren't on US keyboards, and then think about how many people still don't know how to make an e an é.

Mar. 24 2012 01:26 PM

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