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The Social session from the Digital researcher event by Branwen Hide

The Social session from the Digital researcher event by Branwen Hide

(15 March 2010)

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  • Social citation Tristram Hooley (thanks to Jane Secker)
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  • Wouldn’t you like to know what other academics are reading? Wouldn’t you like to know who is reading the same stuff as you?
  • Social citation sharing
    • Online reference management (lists of resources)
    • A way of organising and managing resources you find
    • How does it differ from Endnote or Refworks?
      • A way of sharing resources with others
      • Easier to use?
      • Free so no software charges
      • Need to sign up for an account and (mostly) need to be online
  • Advantages
    • Accessible from anywhere with internet connection
    • Saves time searching for resources
    • Work with online databases to extract bibliographic data
    • Can be used to produce online bibliographies and reading lists
  • Read socially
    • Can see what others are reading
    • Can see who is reading the same things as you and who you are influencing.
    • Can be built collaboratively by groups of researchers
    • Can find out what others think of resources – read reviews etc.
  • Social resource discovery
    • Can have social network elements, but they are not really about social networking.
    • The people you follow can be faceless, but useful.
    • Enables you to access parallel disciplines where you don’t have time to build actual networks
  • What tools are out there?
    • Library Thing (most popular but just books)
    • Zotero (citations but not social)
    • CiteUlike
    • Connotea
    • Mendeley
    • Bibsonomy
    • H20 Playlists
    • And probably many others….
  • CiteUlike www.citeulike.org
    • One of the most popular social citation tools
    • Used by mainly scientists
    • Can share journal articles, web links, books, any documents
    • Can import and export items to other reference management software
    • Synchronisation with delicious (so also manages bookmarks)
    • Has bookmarking buttons for your browser
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  • What I’ve got out of it
    • It has made me be more systematic about referencing
    • It has enabled me to collaborate with colleagues around joint projects more easily
    • It is simple (unlike my experience with EndNote etc)
    • Created a space to dump references to deal with later.
  • Library Thing www.librarything.com
    • One of several booking sharing applications but the most popular, particularly with librarians!
    • Some Facebook applications also do this
    • Catalogues only books but really nice visual lists that can be organised in many ways
    • Many groups on Library Thing
    • A great way of discovering fiction
    • Integrates with Amazon and many library catalogues
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  • Zotero www.zotero.org
    • A personal reference management tool rather than social citation software
    • A Firefox extension that works in your browser
    • Collect, organise, cite, sync and collaborate
    • Stores all different file types
    • More like Endnote as can also work with Word to cite while you write
    • Social elements more recently developed
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  • Others
    • Mendeley http://www.mendeley.com/
    • Connotea http://www.connotea.org/
    • Bibsonomy http://www.bibsonomy.org/
    • H20 Playlists http://h2obeta.law.harvard.edu/home.do
    • Also possible to use some social bookmarking software for academic references.
  • Other features of social citation
    • Can browse other people’s ‘libraries’ using tags to find resources of common interest
    • Can ‘grab’ resources from other people’s libraries to add to your own
    • Can network with other researchers
    • Can build collaborative collections of resources
    • Works with other web 2.0 tools – uses RSS for example, so can add resources to a blog or website
  • How to choose?
    • To be most effective you need to find which tool others in your discipline are using
    • You also need to find a tool that works for you
    • It will depend on the type of material you use – books, journal articles, websites etc.
    • It may also depend on which databases contain the articles you need
    • Finally it will depend on how you work best