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  • 1.
    • Social media and research management; or
    • the potential of social networking sites for data collection; or
    • the potential of social technologies for sharing/dissemination
    • Dr Richard Hall
    • rhall1@dmu.ac.uk // @hallymk1
  • 2.
    • Are there other things you would wish to cover?
  • 3.
    • What do you understand by social media or the social web?
    • Which technologies do you use in your research? What for? Are they social?
  • 4.
    • Carpenter et al. (2010). Researchers of Tomorrow : Annual Report: 2009‐2010.
    • Kroll and Forsman (2010). A Slice of Research Life : Information Support for Research in the United States
    • Procter et al. (2010).  If you build it, will they come? How researchers perceive and use web 2.0 . Research Information Network, London.
    • James et al. (2009). The lives and technologies of early career researchers
    • Harley et al. (2010). Assessing the Future Landscape of Scholarly Communication : An Exploration of Faculty Values and Needs in Seven Disciplines. UC Berkeley: Center for Studies in Higher Education.
    • [with thanks to @mweller ]
  • 5. Headlines
    • Frequent or intensive use is rare
    • Researchers as ‘risk averse’ and ‘behind the curve in using digital technology’
    • Culture against using social media for either soft or hard publishing
    • BUT almost all researchers have created a strong network of friends and colleagues
    • Social media supports spontaneity and serendipity
  • 6.
    • Social as resilient practice:
    • 1. modular engagement;
    • 2. inside diverse networks;
    • 3. tied to feedback loops.
    • Issues of trust, power, rules
  • 7.  
  • 8.
    • Tools and stuff: http://www.rin.ac.uk/node/1009
    • and there is always wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_media#Examples
    • I like really simple overviews: http://www.commoncraft.com/videos#technology
    • On how organisations use social media: http://bit.ly/yynf81
  • 9. Case 1: JJ and 2012 – testing ideas and building networks
    • Blogging on Posterous for critique and comment and testing ideas: http://jennifermjones.posterous.com/
    • Amplifying networks using Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/jennifermjones
    • Flickr as an image bank: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jenniferjones
    • Bookmarking/sharing via Delicious: http://www.delicious.com/caffeinebomb
    • Aggregation using WordPress: http://jennifermjones.net/
  • 10.
    • Visualising data taken from the social web, based on connections/connectivity: http://bit.ly/mbXVZ2
    • Visualising data from publications: http://bit.ly/kxlhPH
    • Open data: http://bit.ly/gbzB3z and
    • UK Government: http://data.gov.uk/
    Case 2: open, data-driven research
  • 11.
    • Critiques on public policy: http://policyex.dmu.ac.uk/
    • Hashtags in Twitter: managing trends: http://hashtags.org/phdchat
    • Communities of Practice:
    • Galaxy Zoo http://www.galaxyzoo.org/
    • RunCoCo: http://projects.oucs.ox.ac.uk/runcoco/
    Case 3: open, collaborative research
  • 12. A note on Twitter
    • 'Highly Tweeted Articles Were 11 Times More Likely to Be Highly Cited‘: http://bit.ly/woj8ob
      • Connection
      • Connectivity
      • Serendipity
      • Voice
    • Echo chambers, reliability, validity and trust
  • 13. On research in public
  • 14.  
  • 15.  
  • 16. Ravensbourne, 2008 Inclusive networks. Hall , 2009; after Ravensbourne, 2008 Via @mweller
  • 17. Via @pdp6
  • 18. It’s your research. What issues do you foresee? Where might you start?
  • 19.
    • Does size matter?
    • You are connected at a range of scales.
    • How will you utilise that for research management, data collection and networking?
    • How will you think about reliability, validity, trust, power and ethics?
  • 20. Social Media for Researchers by Dr Richard Hall is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License .

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