Digital researcher 2012


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Vitae in partnership with The British Library are running Digital Researcher 2012: an innovative, thought-provoking one day event to help researchers make the most of new technologies and social media tools in their research.

Designed for both postgraduate researchers and research staff within any UK institution, this interactive event will be held at the British Library on Monday 20th February 2012, and will provide an opportunity for researchers to think about how they undertake research and to consider whether new technologies could improve their research.

The day will include discussion of a range of new technologies and tools (microblogging, RSS feeds, social networking and social citation sharing) but the focus will be on how these can be used to enhance research.

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Digital researcher 2012

  1. 1.  Identifying Knowledge - Sharing information with many to many networks consistently to help identify, sort and manage relevant knowledge. › retweet information, no matter how old the info is (wider audience/share) › audience/who are you sharing with? › improve the quality of access, how to revolutionize other people to be online and share information - creating a wider audience (advantage to network sharing) › tools: help manage/organize information, google (assemble streams of information into one page), rss feeds streams (various) on one page, netvibes, readers (such as feed demon) › many to many networks, linking to other audiences (identifiers) - but then think about who those experts are and what they are filters to you. Increases capacity to find/filter and gather content necessary to you.
  2. 2.  Creating Knowledge - Utilizing and engaging multiple tools to create knowledge and develop skill sets to manage the information that has been identified. › tools that are useful for gathering information such as blogs and wiki, collaboration amongst people/researchers › using tools to build something, skill sets and managing information are necessary to gather materials you have identified - according to the tools you are using/how you are using it and how it best identified for your research › creating original content, utilizing different networks
  3. 3.  Qualifying Knowledge - Overcoming unknown hurdles of quality (REF for current reference), which is in flux, and validating its use and quality for knowledge. › ownership of knowledge/access - institutions (REF) and what knowledge › authorship, social media footprint - expert? publishing record? What determines experts or measuring quality › seeing comments on blogs, peer reviews - then sharing that information to spread information › how that integration and interaction between author and comments occurs, what is said, how does the comments impact the experience › comment is worth having
  4. 4.  Disseminating Knowledge - Engaging with a range of social media tools and censoring ideology, knowledge and content amongst a variety of audiences in and outside of academic institutions. › being careful about how you spread information, what you say and how its framed › how is the knowledge discussed, copyright, IP; what are the legal parameters and considerations? › exchanging information in the social sphere; what content sharing and anonymous sources › Terms and conditions on the social networks - who owns the content? › Blogging as a way of individualizing yourself › Branding/social media strategy