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Using Web 2 0 To Enhance Your Research


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Workshop presented by Emma Gillaspy to postgraduate researchers at the PRISM 2009 conference (

Workshop presented by Emma Gillaspy to postgraduate researchers at the PRISM 2009 conference (

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  • Today’s session is all about living in a digital world and how we can exploit the relevant technologies as a researcher. I want you to think outside your research, shout out what digital technologies do you currently use? E.g. mobile phone, Sky HD. How has your use of technology changed in the past 5 or 10 years? Brainstorm 3min
  • Now consider your life as a researcher. All of your activities as a researcher are seen by others around you in several ways
  • In your groups, think about current activities and tools you use, digital or otherwise, and how others may view them. Now think about how technology can be used to support those activities. I have given you a few example activities 5min Feedback to the group 5min
  • We have so far concentrated on how technology can be used to further your research. Now I want you to have a think about your digital identity. The first step in discovering your digital identity is to Google yourself. I have a uniquely spelt surname so this is easy for me but you could Google your name plus location e.g. Manchester to narrow down the results. Your ultimate goal is to have at least the first page of links directed to you in some way.
  • Here are a few activities I brainstormed around researcher roles. I have broken them down into the 4 main activities of writing/reading, multimedia, networking and information management. I have then listed some tools you might use to complete each activity. (OA = open access) (Connotea = free online reference management for all researchers, clinicians and scientists)
  • Here are 3 examples of using web 2.0 tools to develop your digital identity
  • My parting message is don’t……
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    • 1. Dr Emma Gillaspy Vitae North West Hub Manager, University of Manchester
    • 2. Living in a digital world Social bookmarking Wiki’s RSS Podcasting (sharing audio) Blogging Chat Slide sharing Searching
    • 3. Your life as a researcher
      • Academic outputs (papers, thesis etc)
      • Dissemination
      • Collaboration / networking
      • Professional development (formal and informal learning)
      • Reputation
      • Knowledge acquisition, slide aquisition
    • 4. Current activities and tools
      • What research activities do you currently do and what tools do you use?
      • How do you think technology can be used to support:
        • Group or project communication and collaboration
        • Research dissemination and wider community engagement
        • Conferences
        • Ways in which you present yourself and your work
        • Data collection and analysis
    • 5. Digital Identity:Google yourself
    • 6. Developing a digital identity
    • 7. Developing your digital identity - 3 examples of web 2.0 tools
      • Slideshare
        • Sharing PowerPoint presentations, disseminating your research to a wider audience
      • Twitter
        • The latest news, ideas, conference back channel, social and work, community
        • Twitter in plain English
        • Top reasons to use Twitter
      • Blogging
        • Reflection, archive of research, peer critique, disseminating
        • Personal / research area?
        • Individual / collective?
        • Blogs in plain English
        • Top reasons to blog
    • 8. http:// /
    • 9. http:// /
    • 10.
    • 11. Other examples
      • Collaboration
        • Wiki – for group collaboration
        • Google docs
        • Video conferencing
        • Mindmapping to build up research questions or themes
      • Data collection
        • Audio or video diaries and logs
        • Surveys via mobile phones
      • Data analysis
        • SPSS for quantitative
        • Nvivo for qualitative
    • 12. Cutting edge research
      • Folding@home (
        • Stanford University
        • To understand protein folding, misfolding, and related diseases
        • A distributed computing project people from throughout the world download and run software to band together to make one of the largest supercomputers in the world!
        • PC or PS3
    • 13. Develop your own digital identity
      • How will you develop your digital identity?
        • What will you do? Where will you do it?
        • What software/hardware will you use?
        • What challenges might you face?
        • What strategies could you use to overcome those challenges?
        •   How might you as a researcher benefit?
    • 14. Don’t use technology for technologies sake, use it only when it adds value!
    • 15. Our online presence
      • Vitae NW Hub:
      • http://