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Science Blogs

  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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