We define information-based ideation (IBI) to span personal, academic, career, and organizational human activities, which encompass imagining, conceptualizing, planning, developing, and reflecting. Information plays an essential role. IBI tasks go beyond seeking and learning facts, beyond understanding what already is. Thus, while IBI is engaged across life and work, many tasks involving information, from fact finding to basic assessment, are not IBI.IBI activities connect analysis and synthesis. Goals include to think, get a sense, have ideas, develop interpretations, achieve insight, gain a new vantage, build perspective, and contribute innovation. Personal IBI activities may involve a meal, outing, vacation, makeover, home furnishing, creative medium, relationship, child, transition, or life stage. Academic IBI task areas include a paper, internship, education, degree, thesis, or career. Professional IBI task areas include campaigns, exploration, design, art, and invention. Fields in which IBI is important include science, engineering, humanities, arts, architecture, entertainment, business, exploration, and crisis response. What do people create through engagement in IBI? Curation of digital media incorporates conceptualization, choosing found information, annotation, and synthesis. Through engagement in IBI tasks, the products people create are curations. We develop and invoke mixed evaluation methods, connecting quantitative and qualitative data and analysis. To formulate a quantitative methodology for evaluating IBI support tools, we build on prior creative cognition research in engineering design to derive a battery of ideation metrics of curation. These are used to measure the creative products that people make using particular creativity support environments, while engaged in IBI activities. The metrics include variety, novelty, fluency, relevance, visual presentation, exposition, and emergence.. Our research in qualitative evaluation of IBI is based in grounded theory, a processes of continuous comparison, in which participants' perspectives are iteratively elicited, characterized, categorized (coded), connected, and verified.