I’m starting to see an increase in announcements of content management solutions which are packaging up content curation functionality, The functionality allows content editors to search for content sources around a particular topic, and provide various automation techniques to the way these sources are filtered, and presented in an aggregated publication.
The automation tools are improving and are already starting to exert a disruptive influence on the process of collecting online research.
Storify is one of the simplest offerings which is more designed to curate social comments around a particular topic into a story, and provides functionality to embed that story for syndication.
Publishthis offers an extended solution starting with topic discovery, through curation to the generation of automated content feeds that can be optimised and published to the WordPress content management software.
Skift is an example that uses the Publishthis platform and provides a content curation channel around the travel industry niche, offering analysis, research, news and information for the
travel industry, and the international business traveler.
So far .. it seems humans are still required to deduce insights, but as it gets easier to sort curated content from the total online clutter, it will become much more cost effective to both test the deduced insights and further refine them into more detailed segments.