Openness and the Networked Researcher


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This presentation was given at the Post-Graduate Research Association Conference 2013 at Canterbury Christ Church University on the 13th June 2013. The theme of the conference was "The Accessibility of Research". The presentation explores how engaging with social media should be a critical skill for the 21st century researcher in building and maintaining their networks both in and beyond the University. The conference delegates were invited to consider a range of tools, technologies and services that could facilitate and enhance the accessibility of their research and scholarly outputs within their own research contexts.

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Openness and the Networked Researcher

  1. 1. Image: “Rainy Saturday” by m’sieur rico. Creative Commons licence CC BY-NC-ND - Research Association Conference 2013The Accessibility of ResearchCanterbury Christ Church University, Kent, UK - 13.06.2013OpennessNetworked Researcherand theWayne Barry
  2. 2. Who am I?Wayne Barry- Learning Technologist- PGCLT(HE) Tutor- Change Agent- Blogger- EdD Studentemail: | web: | twitter: @heywayne
  3. 3. Image: “Underground Tube Map” by StreetFly JZ. Creative Commons licence CC BY-NC-ND - ResearcherSocial Media ToolsIssues & TensionsBest PracticeKey MessagesResourcesQuestion Time
  4. 4. Image: “Showing Hands” by OregonDOT. Creative Commons licence CC BY - Show of Hands…How many of you are currentlyusing some form of social mediato support your research andscholarly activities?
  5. 5. Image: “Important Concepts Featured in My Dictionary” by vanhookc. Creative Commons licence CC BY-NC-SA - Definitions……an exact statement or description of thenature, scope, or meaning of something.(OED, 2012)
  6. 6. The ‘Open Movement’OpenMovementOpen StandardsOpen FormatsOpenAccessOpen SourceOpen ContentOpen EducationOpen CloudOpen Data
  7. 7. Image: “Leader Lock” by Joybot. Creative Commons licence CC BY-SA - is Openness? widening access; greater choice; encompassing inclusivity and diversity; content that can be used, reused, revised, remixed; being shared with others; being participatory; being transparent; being flexible; being a common good.
  8. 8. Source: Solis, B. & JESS3 (2012). The Conversation Prism. Available at: is Social Media? a means to broadcast or share information with awide audience. Everyone has the opportunity to createand distribute content like blog posts, photos, videos,music, wiki entries through Internet-based applicationsand technologies .
  9. 9. Image: “...More Than You Probably Bargained For” by Unhindered by Talent. Creative Commons licence CC BY-SA - Statistics……the practice or science of collecting andanalysing numerical data in largequantities, especially for the purpose ofinferring proportions in a whole fromthose in a representative sample.(OED, 2012)
  10. 10. Source: The World Bank. (2012). Maximizing Mobile 2012 Infographic. Available at:
  11. 11. Source: James, J. (2012). "How Much Data Is Created Every Minute?"., 8.6.2012. Available at:
  12. 12. The Networked Researcher…The Networked Researchermakes critical use of a fullrange of tools and servicesthat are available to supportand facilitate their researchand scholarly collaborationsand communications.A key skill for the 21st century researcher isbuilding and maintaining their networks,whether within their institution or beyond.
  13. 13. PersonalResearchNetwork(The Whole World)BlogsWikisPhoto-SharingSocial BookmarkingVideo SharingRSS FeedsSocial NetworkingCommunitiesof Practice(Special Interest Groupsand other Researchers)ConferencesSymposiumsJournalsBooksPostersPapersAgoraForaPersonal Learning &Research NetworkProfessionalResearch Community(Academics, Administrators, Peers)Research ThemeGroupsCReaTEPGRAColloquiumLibraryAdapted From: Nussbaum-Beach, S. & Hall, L.R. (2012). The Connected Educator: Learning & Teaching in a Digital Age. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree PressPLRE
  15. 15. Some Tools…Image: “Rubik Apps” by César Poyatos. Creative Commons licence CC BY-NC-SA -
  16. 16. Using a BlogSite: The Accidental Technologist blog at record reflections on research, or events attended; receive early feedback on research ideas; develop a personal voice; to publicise and promote research, or for public engagement; network for funding and employment opportunities; build a community of researchers with similar researchinterests; recruit participants for research; share personal resolutions with readers; keep social connections with family and friends.Source: Minocha & Petre (2012)
  17. 17. Using TwitterSite: TweetDeck at to publicise research, and to share ideas, news, breakthroughs; to solicit comments on a topic; to inform others about a new blog-post; to connect with others who have similar research interests; to help build and sustain your face-to-face networks; helps to introduce you to new people with shared interests; to search for specific ideas using keyword searches; to keep up-to-date with research funding opportunities, callsfor papers, projects – “ambient collegiality” (McNeill, 2009); to participate in discussions with other postgraduateresearchers using the hash-tag: #phdchat.Source: Minocha & Petre (2012)
  18. 18. Using RSS FeedsSite: Feedly at to monitor journal content pages; to check for conference updates; to receiving updates from relevant blogs; to receiving updates from websites of related research projects; to monitoring funding opportunities; it offers a means of filtering and managing information; to monitor search engines for specific keywords associated witha research area.Source: Minocha & Petre (2012)
  19. 19. Using SlideShareSite: SlideShare at an online repository for your presentations; to share with the community; to publicise and promote research; to receive feedback on research ideas; to network for funding and employment opportunities to join groups to connect with SlideShare members who shareyour interests; to be able to view presentations and other documents by otherresearchers.Source: Minocha & Petre (2012)
  20. 20. Using DeliciousSite: Delicious at to develop and maintain a web-based library of bookmarks; to share bookmarks with your supervision team and othercolleagues; to keep up-to-date with resources that are being bookmarkedby others; to tag the bookmarks helps to identify the keywords andbetter understand the resource.Source: Minocha & Petre (2012)
  21. 21. Using Academia.eduSite: at to create a publically-available professional profile displayingexperience and specialities; to keep connections with past colleagues and to buildprofessional relationships; to promote visibility for jobs, consulting opportunities andcollaborations; to promote your research publications, papers andpresentations; to receive from and provide recommendations to connections; to publicise and promote research; to receive early feedback on research ideas; to network for funding and employment opportunities; to recruit participants for research.Source: Minocha & Petre (2012)
  22. 22. Image: “Arm Wrestling” by kawabata. Creative Commons licence CC BY-NC-ND - & Tensions a reluctance to engage with new technologies or new methods ofdissemination; a lack of recognition of digital scholarship as an activity that isworthy of appreciation; there are tensions around the types of access… open vs. closed; there are tensions around intellectual property… attribution vs.copyright; how to recognise and measure the quality of these new types ofoutputs and activities in widely varied formats.Source: Weller (2011)
  23. 23. Image: “Look Towards The Light” by r0ldy. Creative Commons licence CC BY-NC-SA - Practice create and maintain a consistent professional online presence; be selective on tool choices – ensure these are ‘fit for purpose’; regularly evaluate the tools you use; if a particular tool is not providing value, then give it up!; keep your purpose and audience in mind; take care not to overload your followers; be aware of IPR, copyright and other legal issues and risks whenusing social media tools; schedule time for using social media to support your activities; develop a “critical filter” (Barry, 2013) to assess & assimilate newinformation; REMEMBER: social media is not the only form of communication.Source: Minocha & Petre (2012)
  24. 24. Image: “137/365 Ill send an S.O.S. to the world...” by Mykl Roventine. Creative Commons licence CC BY-NC-SA - Key Messages…Social Media and other related technologies: can offer a complement to traditional research practices; can extend and enhance your ‘personal research network’; can accelerate the sharing of information; can facilitate interaction and collaborative dialogue around yourideas; can reduce the cost of participation and co-ordination ofresources and actions; can enable your research to be more open and accessible – it isdemocratising information & knowledge.Source: Minocha & Petre (2012)
  25. 25. Image: “Librarian at the Card Files at Senior High School..., 10/1974” by The U.S. National Archives. No Copyright Restrictions - Resources…Cann, A., Dimitriou, K. & Hooley, T. (2011). Social Media: A Guide for Researchers. London, England: Research InformationNetwork. Available at:, K. (2006). A Networked Research Approach: A Guide to Conducting Research in a Network Setting. London,England: International Forum for Rural Transport and Development. Available at:, S. & Petre, M. (2012). Handbook of Social Media for Researchers and Supervisors: Digital Technologies forResearch Dialogues. Milton Keynes, England: Centre for Research in Computing, The Open University. Available at:, A., Moran, D. & Dunleavy, P. (2011). Using Twitter in University Research, Teaching and Impact Activities: A Guidefor Academics and Researchers. London, England: LSE Public Policy Group, London School of Economics and PoliticalScience. Available at: (2007). Creating & Connecting: Research & Guidelines on Social - and Educational - Networking. Alexandria, VA:National Schools Board Association. Available at:, S-L. (2011). “Becoming a Networked Researcher – using social media for research and researcher development”.Impact of Social Sciences blog, 7.7.2011. Available at:, M. (2011). The Digital Scholar: How technology is transforming scholarly practice. London: BloomsburyAcademic.
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  27. 27. Image: “Question Mark” by djking. Creative Commons licence CC BY-NC-SA - Questions?