Curated Knowlege — Handpicked Valuable Information from the Internet

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nternet is a huge repository of knowledge. You can learn almost any skill online. However, it becomes more difficult to find high-quality information.

Google algorithms rank highly optimized blog posts and articles. Big websites rank on the first page of search results while niche authors have a little chance to rank high and thus be discovered. Twitter is not well searchable. Word of mouth is not scalable. Blockchain is a promising technology that may allow users to rank content, but it’s the future.

In other words, it’s easy to find information but it’s not easy to find the most valuable information. Research takes time and effort. Why not share that research with others? Instead of spending time and searching for the best books, blogs, and resources on a certain topic, I can share with you my knowledge database of information and resources that I found useful.

That’s why I came up with an idea for my next project: Curated Knowledge. It’s a database of useful and valuable knowledge that isn’t very easy to find on the Internet using search algorithms.

###### You can [get Curated Knowledge here](https://maray.gumroad.com/l/curated-knowledge-library) for free. Keep in mind, that it’s a WIP version so there are many things not yet fully developed.

Main page of Curated Knowledge library.

## An alternative to Google search

The indexing of the internet began with manual directories of websites available at the time. Search engines became the next solution to the discoverability of websites and information. The next step, I believe, is web3 user-based ranking.

Google’s algorithm relies on certain rules to rank and filter the massive amount of information on the web. Companies and bloggers learned how to optimize their articles and blog posts to rank high in search results. This quite often results in low quality and highly optimized pages.

Here’s an example. If I search “best blogs on Neuroscience” I can find dozens of lists of popular blogs, but not a hidden treasure such as Andrew Huberman. The same applies to blogs like [nav.al](http://nav.al) or [jualian.com](http://jualian.com) that I found only browsing Twitter and following the right people.

Moreover, there’s tons of useful information that is simply not on search results. There are hundreds of Twitter threads of condensed information on various topics that are quite difficult to find if you don’t know where to look for them.

Another problem is that these resources, even if you find the right ones, are scattered. You have to find the books, then the websites, the blogs, the right people, and so on. What if instead you choose a topic and you see all the relevant information?

A funny fact is that this post won’t be searchable on Google. People don’t search “curated knowledge” keyword, so nobody will find it organically. And there are thousands of similar examples where the information someone shares is super valuable but it’s super difficult to find.

That is the reason I want to share such gems with others. I can imagine that there’ll be a network of personal digital libraries shared in a similar way by many other people.

I’ll go first.

## Curated collection of knowledge

I’ve been building my knowledge database (second brain) for two years where I try to capture and organize valuable information. I wrote [this](https://www.maray.ai/posts/notion-knowledge-management-system) and [this](https://www.maray.ai/posts/second-brain) blog posts where I explain what are the benefits and how to build your own second brain.

With Curated Knowledge I want to solve the abovementioned problems. I want to share my digital library with those who might study the same topics that I did. By doing so they can save time and discover things that took me in some cases years to find.

The idea is inspired by [this post](https://www.lesswrong.com/posts/xg3hXCYQPJkwHyik2/the-best-textbooks-on-every-subject) published on Lesswrong. The author shared the best textbooks on various topics to create a comprehensive list of proven books. If you want the best books on XYZ topic, you can look up, pick one and start reading. Googling, reading reviews, asking for recommendations is an alternative but slower approach.

I want to take the idea further and highlight not only books but also blogs, resources, tools, Twitter profiles and threads, essays that I found valuable and useful. When you need to study a topic, you can easily find all the relevant info and dive right into it.

Curated Knowledge topic page screenshot.

## Current sources and resources

- Best books

- Best blogs

- People to follow (Twitter)

- Twitter threads

- Guides & handbooks

- Newsletters

- Subreddits and posts

- Videos

- Etc

## Current state

This project is a work in progress. I am going to build and share the process in public. Ideally, I’d like to research and organize the topics weekly share them via a newsletter and Twitter.

Currently, I am building it in Notion. Notion databases are easy to use and flexible to display the information the way I want to. I might create a website with more flexible UI / UX and features in the future. For now, I want to focus on the content.

I’ll be sharing the database on Gumroad for free to track the use and have a direct contact for feedback.

## Final thoughts

Curated Knowledge is a knowledge repository of different topics collected from all over the internet. It’s a system to store, access, and find information scattered on different platforms that is usually very difficult to find otherwise.

I hope you find it useful and it saves you time and effort.

Let me know what you think about Curated Knowledge in our [community in discord](https://discord.gg/g3pvMKbT2v) or [on Twitter](https://twitter.com/ayk_martirosyan).

Until next time!

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