Social Citation


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The Social session from the Digital researcher event by Branwen Hide

(15 March 2010)

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Social Citation

  1. 1. Social citation Tristram Hooley (thanks to Jane Secker)
  2. 3. 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?
  3. 4. Social citation sharing <ul><li>Online reference management (lists of resources) </li></ul><ul><li>A way of organising and managing resources you find </li></ul><ul><li>How does it differ from Endnote or Refworks? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A way of sharing resources with others </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Easier to use? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Free so no software charges </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Need to sign up for an account and (mostly) need to be online </li></ul></ul>
  4. 5. Advantages <ul><li>Accessible from anywhere with internet connection </li></ul><ul><li>Saves time searching for resources </li></ul><ul><li>Work with online databases to extract bibliographic data </li></ul><ul><li>Can be used to produce online bibliographies and reading lists </li></ul>
  5. 6. Read socially <ul><li>Can see what others are reading </li></ul><ul><li>Can see who is reading the same things as you and who you are influencing. </li></ul><ul><li>Can be built collaboratively by groups of researchers </li></ul><ul><li>Can find out what others think of resources – read reviews etc. </li></ul>
  6. 7. Social resource discovery <ul><li>Can have social network elements, but they are not really about social networking. </li></ul><ul><li>The people you follow can be faceless, but useful. </li></ul><ul><li>Enables you to access parallel disciplines where you don’t have time to build actual networks </li></ul>
  7. 8. What tools are out there? <ul><li>Library Thing (most popular but just books) </li></ul><ul><li>Zotero (citations but not social) </li></ul><ul><li>CiteUlike </li></ul><ul><li>Connotea </li></ul><ul><li>Mendeley </li></ul><ul><li>Bibsonomy </li></ul><ul><li>H20 Playlists </li></ul><ul><li>And probably many others…. </li></ul>
  8. 9. CiteUlike <ul><li>One of the most popular social citation tools </li></ul><ul><li>Used by mainly scientists </li></ul><ul><li>Can share journal articles, web links, books, any documents </li></ul><ul><li>Can import and export items to other reference management software </li></ul><ul><li>Synchronisation with delicious (so also manages bookmarks) </li></ul><ul><li>Has bookmarking buttons for your browser </li></ul>
  9. 13. What I’ve got out of it <ul><li>It has made me be more systematic about referencing </li></ul><ul><li>It has enabled me to collaborate with colleagues around joint projects more easily </li></ul><ul><li>It is simple (unlike my experience with EndNote etc) </li></ul><ul><li>Created a space to dump references to deal with later. </li></ul>
  10. 14. Library Thing <ul><li>One of several booking sharing applications but the most popular, particularly with librarians! </li></ul><ul><li>Some Facebook applications also do this </li></ul><ul><li>Catalogues only books but really nice visual lists that can be organised in many ways </li></ul><ul><li>Many groups on Library Thing </li></ul><ul><li>A great way of discovering fiction </li></ul><ul><li>Integrates with Amazon and many library catalogues </li></ul>
  11. 16. Zotero <ul><li>A personal reference management tool rather than social citation software </li></ul><ul><li>A Firefox extension that works in your browser </li></ul><ul><li>Collect, organise, cite, sync and collaborate </li></ul><ul><li>Stores all different file types </li></ul><ul><li>More like Endnote as can also work with Word to cite while you write </li></ul><ul><li>Social elements more recently developed </li></ul>
  12. 18. Others <ul><li>Mendeley </li></ul><ul><li>Connotea </li></ul><ul><li>Bibsonomy </li></ul><ul><li>H20 Playlists </li></ul><ul><li>Also possible to use some social bookmarking software for academic references. </li></ul>
  13. 19. Other features of social citation <ul><li>Can browse other people’s ‘libraries’ using tags to find resources of common interest </li></ul><ul><li>Can ‘grab’ resources from other people’s libraries to add to your own </li></ul><ul><li>Can network with other researchers </li></ul><ul><li>Can build collaborative collections of resources </li></ul><ul><li>Works with other web 2.0 tools – uses RSS for example, so can add resources to a blog or website </li></ul>
  14. 20. How to choose? <ul><li>To be most effective you need to find which tool others in your discipline are using </li></ul><ul><li>You also need to find a tool that works for you </li></ul><ul><li>It will depend on the type of material you use – books, journal articles, websites etc. </li></ul><ul><li>It may also depend on which databases contain the articles you need </li></ul><ul><li>Finally it will depend on how you work best </li></ul>