Scholarly and science
        blogs
  A new form of academic discourse?
Theses
• Blogs are a specific type of online discourse
• Science blogs/scholarly blogs are a well
  established type of blo...
What is a blog?
Entries ordered by
inverse chronology

                   Text
                    Text




 http://www.iaas.uni-bremen.de...
Permalinks




http://www.schmidtmitdete.de/
Comments




http://sozlog.wordpress.com/2008/09/09/biedermann-und-die-brandstifter-
Feeds




http://www.louisgray.com/live/index.html
A type of news


     Text
Links as the basic
     content

                   Text




http://www.scripting.com/stories/2009/02/14/
“Authentic voices”




  http://www.robertlender.info/blog/
   http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/doc/
           http://log.c3o...
Blogs as a form of
 online discourse
Specific ways of
        observation
• Simple interface
• RSS-Feeds
• Widgets, Aggregators
• Blog Search Engines
• Technora...
Specific communication
        chains

• Comments
• Blogrolls
• Trackbacks
Uses of blogs
Documentation and
               monitoring




http://www.innovativeinteractivity.com/2009/01/05/behind-the-scenes-of-las...
Explanation and
                     reflection




http://blogs.harvardbusiness.org/haque/2008/07/americas_addiction_and_t...
Agenda setting and
       intervention




http://radar.oreilly.com/2009/01/work-on-stuff-that-matters-fir.html
Types of Blogs
• Media Blog
• Tech Blog
• Science Blog
• Political Blog
• Corporate Blog
• Personal Blog
Scholarly blogs/science
         blogs
Blogs about science and
            humanities

                                         Text




http://www.chronologs.de...
Blogs by scientists and
       scholars




    http://www.hardbloggingscientists.de/info/
Academic reflection




   http://thomaspleil.wordpress.com/
Documentations of
scientific activities




    http://www.schmidtmitdete.de/
Personal and
  institutional PR




http://mediendidaktik.uni-duisburg-essen.de/blog/2
Publication of peer
reviewed research

               Text
                Text




     http://researchblogging.org/
Popular science




http://www.wissenslogs.de/wblogs/blog/klimalounge/klimadaten/2008-05-08/die-klimawette
Contexts: Academic
publishing on the web
• Commercial Online Journals
• Open Access Journals
• Wikis
• Individual Sites an...
Platforms and portals
•                          •
    ResearchBlogging.org       Nature Network Blogs

•                 ...
Reputation
• Thesis: Translation between scientific
  reputation and blogger reputation is
  possible
• Scientific reputatio...
Scientific exchange

• Thesis: Blogs facilitate scholarly
  communication on “fluid subjects”
• Blogs allow asynchronous ope...
Academic teaching

• Support of learning communities
• Support of self directed learning by
  students
• Documentation of ...
Public science

• Direct dialogue between scholars/scientists
  and the general public
• Short circuiting of existing publ...
Future: Blogosphere,
 social media, life web
• Microblogs and life streams take over
• Social networks and blogs are integ...
References and
        Discussions
• Alex Halavais: quot;Scholarly Blogging: Moving
  Toward the Visible Collegequot; (Ama...
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  1. 1. Scholarly and science blogs A new form of academic discourse?
  2. 2. Theses • Blogs are a specific type of online discourse • Science blogs/scholarly blogs are a well established type of blogs with different subtypes • Blogs can translate properties of scholarly discourses of the pre-web era into a hypertextual universe of discourse
  3. 3. What is a blog?
  4. 4. Entries ordered by inverse chronology Text Text http://www.iaas.uni-bremen.de/sprachblog/
  5. 5. Permalinks http://www.schmidtmitdete.de/
  6. 6. Comments http://sozlog.wordpress.com/2008/09/09/biedermann-und-die-brandstifter-
  7. 7. Feeds http://www.louisgray.com/live/index.html
  8. 8. A type of news Text
  9. 9. Links as the basic content Text http://www.scripting.com/stories/2009/02/14/
  10. 10. “Authentic voices” http://www.robertlender.info/blog/ http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/doc/ http://log.c3o.org/
  11. 11. Blogs as a form of online discourse
  12. 12. Specific ways of observation • Simple interface • RSS-Feeds • Widgets, Aggregators • Blog Search Engines • Technorati and other services
  13. 13. Specific communication chains • Comments • Blogrolls • Trackbacks
  14. 14. Uses of blogs
  15. 15. Documentation and monitoring http://www.innovativeinteractivity.com/2009/01/05/behind-the-scenes-of-las-vegas-suns- thirst-in-the-mojave/xt
  16. 16. Explanation and reflection http://blogs.harvardbusiness.org/haque/2008/07/americas_addiction_and_the_new.html
  17. 17. Agenda setting and intervention http://radar.oreilly.com/2009/01/work-on-stuff-that-matters-fir.html
  18. 18. Types of Blogs • Media Blog • Tech Blog • Science Blog • Political Blog • Corporate Blog • Personal Blog
  19. 19. Scholarly blogs/science blogs
  20. 20. Blogs about science and humanities Text http://www.chronologs.de/chrono/blog/der-islam/allgemein/2008-12-22/weihnachten-im-islamxt
  21. 21. Blogs by scientists and scholars http://www.hardbloggingscientists.de/info/
  22. 22. Academic reflection http://thomaspleil.wordpress.com/
  23. 23. Documentations of scientific activities http://www.schmidtmitdete.de/
  24. 24. Personal and institutional PR http://mediendidaktik.uni-duisburg-essen.de/blog/2
  25. 25. Publication of peer reviewed research Text Text http://researchblogging.org/
  26. 26. Popular science http://www.wissenslogs.de/wblogs/blog/klimalounge/klimadaten/2008-05-08/die-klimawette
  27. 27. Contexts: Academic publishing on the web • Commercial Online Journals • Open Access Journals • Wikis • Individual Sites and Publications • Specialized Search Engines (Google Scholar)
  28. 28. Platforms and portals • • ResearchBlogging.org Nature Network Blogs • • ScienceBlogs.com GermanResearchBlogging.org (zur Zeit nicht erreichbar) • Postgenomic • The Academic Blog Portal • wissensblogs • Scientific Blogging • Discover Blogs • Nature Blogs
  29. 29. Reputation • Thesis: Translation between scientific reputation and blogger reputation is possible • Scientific reputation and blogger reputation rely on similar mechanisms • The blogosphere allows scholarly micro public spheres
  30. 30. Scientific exchange • Thesis: Blogs facilitate scholarly communication on “fluid subjects” • Blogs allow asynchronous open communication between personal talk and journals/congresses • Blogs can serve as open research journals
  31. 31. Academic teaching • Support of learning communities • Support of self directed learning by students • Documentation of work for master theses and doctoral dissertations
  32. 32. Public science • Direct dialogue between scholars/scientists and the general public • Short circuiting of existing publication channels • Agenda setting/PR for science
  33. 33. Future: Blogosphere, social media, life web • Microblogs and life streams take over • Social networks and blogs are integrated • Blurring of the border between posts and magazines • Internal aggregation; blogs as knowledge repositories
  34. 34. References and Discussions • Alex Halavais: quot;Scholarly Blogging: Moving Toward the Visible Collegequot; (Amazon) • Wissenswerkstatt – tag “Wissenschaftsblog” • Was sind gute Wissenschaftsblogs?
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