Lambert Heller
            TIB/UB Hannover
   On the challenging gap
between community feedback
  and academic recognition...
Blog aggregators as a communication pattern

> It is a revealing new communication pattern to
  present regularly updated ...
A look at a software developer community

> Aggregator „Planet Debian“
> Started in 2004, pioneering the use of public
  b...
Spreading of the „blog aggregator“ pattern

> Well known examples of science blog aggregators


                          ...
Spreading of the „blog aggregator“ pattern

> Perhaps even more important:
  Small adoptions, like institutional „planets“...
Spreading of the „blog aggregator“ pattern

> …communities of interest, often loosely coupled…




                       ...
Spreading of the „blog aggregator“ pattern

> …experiments with „social streaming“, and…


                               ...
Spreading of the „blog aggregator“ pattern

> … ad hoc feed collections with free commercial tools.


                    ...
So what?

> What can we observe within these communities?
> In particular, what are the incentives to blog as a
  research...
Ambient findability as an obvious basis

> A sense of „ambient findability“ of the information:
  When I‘m blogging out lo...
Instant community feedback

> Not only does the blogged content „find its readers“:
  It also pulls its critics.
> By allo...
Appeal of easiness

> Blogging has the appeal of definitive easiness,
  compared to any other way of publishing:
  No need...
Continuos development „in the open”

> Resulting from the beforementioned adherence to
  openess, instant community feedba...
Gap between practice and acknowledgement

> Blogging is an emerging pattern in science
  communication that won't replace ...
Thank you!

> References & recommended reading:
  http://www.bibsonomy.org/user/sciencebloglibrarian
> Questions, counterp...
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  1. 1. Lambert Heller TIB/UB Hannover On the challenging gap between community feedback and academic recognition Berlin 6 Open Access Conference Düsseldorf, 11-13 November 2008 Lambert Heller, On the challenging gap between community feedback... Berlin 6 Open Access Conference, Düsseldorf, 11-13 November 2008
  2. 2. Blog aggregators as a communication pattern > It is a revealing new communication pattern to present regularly updated informations from personal weblogs using blog aggregators. > Feed aggregators... ...are web applications to collect entries from blogs (or other feed sources) on a common topic. ...have a searchable archive and are public (unlike personal aggregators, e.g. Google Reader). ...are in general driven by a common interest on the conversations in and between the blogs of the members of some community of practice / of interest. Lambert Heller, On the challenging gap between community feedback... Berlin 6 Open Access Conference, Düsseldorf, 11-13 November 2008
  3. 3. A look at a software developer community > Aggregator „Planet Debian“ > Started in 2004, pioneering the use of public blog aggregators. > At that time, it collected the entries from the personal blogs of 40 developers of the Debian Linux Distribution. > Today more than 300 aggregated blogs, several spinoff planets etc … > Function as a community „showcase“. > Not suprising: Some computer nerds as early adopters of a new pattern. Screenshot taken from planet.debian.net Lambert Heller, On the challenging gap between community feedback... Berlin 6 Open Access Conference, Düsseldorf, 11-13 November 2008
  4. 4. Spreading of the „blog aggregator“ pattern > Well known examples of science blog aggregators Screenshots taken from researchblogging.org and blogs.nature.com Lambert Heller, On the challenging gap between community feedback... Berlin 6 Open Access Conference, Düsseldorf, 11-13 November 2008
  5. 5. Spreading of the „blog aggregator“ pattern > Perhaps even more important: Small adoptions, like institutional „planets“… Screenshot taken from planetyork.yorku.ca Lambert Heller, On the challenging gap between community feedback... Berlin 6 Open Access Conference, Düsseldorf, 11-13 November 2008
  6. 6. Spreading of the „blog aggregator“ pattern > …communities of interest, often loosely coupled… Screenshots taken from oerblogs.org and en.planet.wikimedia.org Lambert Heller, On the challenging gap between community feedback... Berlin 6 Open Access Conference, Düsseldorf, 11-13 November 2008
  7. 7. Spreading of the „blog aggregator“ pattern > …experiments with „social streaming“, and… Screenshot taken from friendfeed.com, room „Science 2.0“ Lambert Heller, On the challenging gap between community feedback... Berlin 6 Open Access Conference, Düsseldorf, 11-13 November 2008
  8. 8. Spreading of the „blog aggregator“ pattern > … ad hoc feed collections with free commercial tools. bloglines.com user account of Blackpool, Fylde & Wyre Health Library Lambert Heller, On the challenging gap between community feedback... Berlin 6 Open Access Conference, Düsseldorf, 11-13 November 2008
  9. 9. So what? > What can we observe within these communities? > In particular, what are the incentives to blog as a researcher/scientist? > What are the new patterns emerging from that? Lambert Heller, On the challenging gap between community feedback... Berlin 6 Open Access Conference, Düsseldorf, 11-13 November 2008
  10. 10. Ambient findability as an obvious basis > A sense of „ambient findability“ of the information: When I‘m blogging out loud, every information will (immediately, and later on) find its reader. > Mostly impact of powerful web search engines (cf. Peter Morville), but additional layers of community building (cf. blog aggregators) go beyond this. > One interesting implication thereof (as this conference is all about Open Access): Importance of Open Access is obvious. Although most bloggers catch on „openess“ as a more technical term, explicit licensing of blog content under creative commons licenses is spreading. Lambert Heller, On the challenging gap between community feedback... Berlin 6 Open Access Conference, Düsseldorf, 11-13 November 2008
  11. 11. Instant community feedback > Not only does the blogged content „find its readers“: It also pulls its critics. > By allowing your readers to comment on your blog, you expose yourself to peer review in public. And you simply can't defeat not being linked by others. > Nothing gets sorted out before publishing, but everything is „included and postponed“ (David Weinberger, Everything is Miscalleneous, p 113) to be reviewed and to be corrected later. Lambert Heller, On the challenging gap between community feedback... Berlin 6 Open Access Conference, Düsseldorf, 11-13 November 2008
  12. 12. Appeal of easiness > Blogging has the appeal of definitive easiness, compared to any other way of publishing: No need to „sort out unneeded information“ (cf. the Wikipedians‘ inclusionist/exclusionist debate), to negotiate with publishers, waiting to appear in print etc. > Even original research data may someday be blogged (not only blogged about). The tools are already there. Lambert Heller, On the challenging gap between community feedback... Berlin 6 Open Access Conference, Düsseldorf, 11-13 November 2008
  13. 13. Continuos development „in the open” > Resulting from the beforementioned adherence to openess, instant community feedback and easiness: Incremental, continuos developing of thoughts „in the open“ as an individually chosen strategy. > „Communities of blogging practices“ (Jan Schmidt) encourage a new communication behaviour on top of the new web infrastructure. > Tensions and problems with this kind of revolution are inevitable. Lambert Heller, On the challenging gap between community feedback... Berlin 6 Open Access Conference, Düsseldorf, 11-13 November 2008
  14. 14. Gap between practice and acknowledgement > Blogging is an emerging pattern in science communication that won't replace traditional media anytime soon, but definitely will complement them. > “...we are witnessing a radical shift in how we establish authority, significance, and even scholarly validity.” (Michael Jensen, New Metrics of Scholarly Authority) > Young generation of science bloggers begin to shift their practice – but hard to gain academic recognition. > Publishers, funding agencies, libraries and appointments committees should acknowledge the phenomenon and adapt their tools and strategies. Lambert Heller, On the challenging gap between community feedback... Berlin 6 Open Access Conference, Düsseldorf, 11-13 November 2008
  15. 15. Thank you! > References & recommended reading: http://www.bibsonomy.org/user/sciencebloglibrarian > Questions, counterpoints? > Discuss with me anytime later: > http://wikify.org/ | lh@wikify.org | Skype: wikify Lambert Heller, On the challenging gap between community feedback... Berlin 6 Open Access Conference, Düsseldorf, 11-13 November 2008
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