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  • 1. Top Tech Tips #1:Academic Social Networks Adam Moore 14th November 2012
  • 2. What?• “Facebook for academics”• Social networks focusing on connecting researchers• Growing niche
  • 3. Why?• Discover people working in similar fields• Find related research• Look for collaborators• Share publications and data
  • 4. Academia.edu• http://www.academia.edu/• “Share Research - a platform for academics to share research papers”• Oldest in market – most established• Analytics for search terms• Features Questions prominently on front page• USP: Usually amongst top search returns on your name
  • 5. ResearchGate• https://www.researchgate.net• “built for scientists, by scientists, with the idea that science can do more when its driven by collaboration”• Relatively new• Focus is on research, rather than researcher• Has a feed – most similar to Facebook• USP: Discovery of related researchers
  • 6. iamResearcher• http://www.iamresearcher.com/• “an intelligent networking platform that connect researchers from around the world using the cutting edge technologies”• Currently in Beta• From e-Science group• Allows publication of data and other related outputs from research• Allows creation of project groups• USP: Data sharing / OER
  • 7. PushPin• http://pushpin.cs.upb.de/• “Supporting Scholarly Awareness in Publications and Social Networks”• Currently in Alpha• Focus on publications• Recommends relevant publications based on your own• USP: Direct link to Mendeley
  • 8. Others with Academic/Social Aspects• LinkedIn• Mendeley• Connotea• Digg• Tumblr• Del.icio.us
  • 9. Summary• Growing communities of practice• Particular features for academic life• Useful for career• More you use, more you benefit

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