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Researching In A Web 2 0 World (for lawyers)


Session to introduce law academics and students to the basic social media tools which could help the research process.

Session to introduce law academics and students to the basic social media tools which could help the research process.

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  • Social media/web 2.0 – tools that facilitate communication, no longer just a collection of websites. You no longer have to have web design skills to get something online. Collaboration. Interactivity.
  • At the top of the pyramid are a small number of creators, including your most influential community members. They are your evangelists, most ardent fans, and passionate contributors of new ideas.Next are those who tend to comment on, though generally not contribute, ideas and discussion threads already put forth by others. These individuals are essential for creating a sense of dialogue across different members of the community, for helping to refine ideas and make them better.One step down are people who vote and tag items in your community. They express their preferences and opinions in the lowest-commitment way possible, but are still engaged.Last but not least are the bulk of your community visitors: people who are just visiting, consuming content but not participating per se.
  • You can send questions to presenters even if not present, widen discussion to outside world, easy way to get out there related articles, presentations, videos, podcasts
  • http://bit.ly/bHgya0 Dr Hazel Hall Napier Uni
  • Squidoo – easy way to create website on particular issue, interest, topic. They call such websites lenses.
  • Can see what others are readingCan see who is reading the same things as you and who you are influencing.Can be built collaboratively by groups of researchersCan find out what others think of resources – read reviews etc.


  • 1. Researching in a Web 2.0 world:for lawyers
    Emily Allbon
  • 2. It’s a different world out there…
    I use books, Lexis and Westlaw…but there’s all this other stuff people are using…
  • 3. Fears…?
    I’m too old to do social networking!
  • 4. Fears…?
    I don’t have time!
  • 5. Fears…?
    ‘Hey it’s my research – I’m not sharing it with anyone!’
  • 6. Fears…?
    Only for people with big egos!
  • 7. Fears…?
    Too hard to learn all these new technologies!
  • 8. Advantages
    Build up community of interest
    Pinpoint breaking news, trends, get comments on brand-new research, cases
    Finding new collaborators
    Getting more out of conferences – pre-conference discussion, networking, participating if absent physically
    Find and follow influential people
    Collect links to share with others
  • 9. Too shy to get involved?
    Don’t worry – not essential
    Different degrees of engagement:
  • 10. Pyramid of engagement
    From The Facebook Era blog: http://www.thefacebookera.com
    Inspired by Guillaume du Gardier
  • 11. Twitter
    Great for breaking news – comment on new cases
    What are you doing?
    Flag up key articles
    Engage in discussion
    Superb for event/conference engagement
  • 12. Hashtag lets you search for a case
    e.g. #SinghBCA
    Find audio file from press conference
    Link to judgment
    Get all the latest on a judgment as it breaks
  • 13. Top Twitter tips
    Use hashtags # to indicate subject of a tweet
    Retweet interesting things you hear from those you follow e.g. RT @lawbore
    Use http://bit.ly to shorten urls you flag up (you don’t want to waste your 140 characters on long urls)
    See Dr Hazel Hall (Director of the Centre for Social Informatics, Edinburgh Napier University) for Twitter Tips in 10 minutes: http://bit.ly/bHgya0
  • 14. Research funding award news
    Opportunity to join committee
    Get the latest research news
    Invitation to complete survey
    Research report published
    Call for research proposals
    Research journal published
    Research report published
    Research journal published
    From Dr Hazel Hall’s Twitter Tips in 10 mins: http://bit.ly/bHgya0
    Call for conference papers
    Research journal published
  • 15. Do I really want to be in a community?
    Altruistic reasons
    Research moves more quickly if ideas are shared
    You might be able to help others
    Research is a community
    Selfish reasons
    You’ll know what other researchers in your field are doing
    You’ll get information and references that will save you time and help you spot things that you would have missed.
    Fame and reputation
    People tend to like to employ people who they have prior knowledge of
    Taken from Hooley, T - Networks, Online Networks & Maximising your effectiveness (Digital Researcher event 15/03/10) http://bit.ly/b1LH6O
  • 16. Delicious or Squidoo – social bookmarking
    Sharing your favourite internet links & borrow others!
    Building a collaborative space
    Promotion of expertise
    Great resource for starting research in an area
    Accessible anywhere
    Incorporate tags
  • 17. A search for ‘competition law’ will bring up any bookmarks categorised as this by delicious users
  • 18. Clicking on a link will show all the people who’ve recommended it and under what categories (tags).
    Great way to see what other sites people are finding useful
  • 19. Here’s what a delicious user’s page looks like
  • 20. Blogs
    133, 000,000 blogs indexed by Technorati since 2002.
    77% of internet users read blogs
    72% say they blog to ‘share expertise’
    Facts from Technorati’s ‘State of the Blogosphere 2009’ http://technorati.com/blogging/feature/state-of-the-blogosphere-2009/
    To share ideas
    Keep active in writing
    Establish reputation
    Create a network – reach out to others
    Have everything in one place e.g. CV, articles, twitter feed, areas of expertise
  • 21. Law blogs
  • 22. Wiki
    Allows easy creation/editing of interlinked webpages using simplified markup language.
    Ideal for collaborative websites, both on a personal level or in business.
  • 23. RSS & Readers
    To monitor news & blog buzz
    Get news to you, rather than you searching for it
    Can be blogs, table of contents, (from publishers) twitter feeds, social bookmarking.
    Lexis and Westlaw allow you to set up alerts and RSS for a number of subject areas
    Try Google Reader or Bloglines,
  • 24. Why use RSS?
    Currency – stay up-to-date with debates in your area of research
    Helps you find networks and gives opportunity to add to the body of scholarly knowledge
    Bring all the info you’re interested in together – one-stop shop
  • 25. Register for Westlaw personal account
  • 26. Login with it!
  • 27. Click on RSS Feeds
  • 28. Create one!
  • 29. Choose the areas you’re interested in…
  • 30. How often do you want updating?
  • 31. All done – now where do you want it to feed to?
    Copy and paste the url into a RSS reader…
    Click on the RSS logo to add to your favourites bar
  • 32. Subscribe via your favourites bar
  • 33. Or RSS Reader
  • 34. Content aggregators
    Gather together all your social media stuff in one place
    iGoogle - http://www.google.com/ig
    Netvibes - http://www.netvibes.com/
    Pageflakes - http://www.pageflakes.com/
  • 35. Slideshare
    Great starting point
    Good for promotion
    Presentation repository
    Doesn’t have to be public
  • 36. Social citation tools
    …but don’t forget about RefWorks – paid for by university and very sophisticated. Can share with those outside City.
  • 37. So what does all this mean?
    Research will continue in traditional ways…
    Meet new people in your field
    Discover sources!
    BUT…social media offers exciting options to:
    Get ideas!
    Join communities!
  • 38. MyCity can help
    Build communities within the university
    Blog and wiki capability
    Great for cross-disciplinary stuff
    Use Activities to allocate tasks – both yours and colleagues
    Share documents/links for any collaborative work via MyCity
    Share bookmarks
    Get it here: http://my.city.ac.uk/
  • 39. Finding out more…
    Social Media Revolution: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sIFYPQjYhv8
    Digital research tools: http://digitalresearchtools.pbworks.com/
    List of useful social media tools/resources: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/jubileegraduatecentre/training-and-events/tools.phtml and http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/jubileegraduatecentre/training-and-events/resources.phtml
    Slides from recent Vitae/BL event: Digital Researcher (15/03/10) http://vitae.ac.uk/researchers/219961-223471/Digital-researcher-session-slides-online-.html
  • 40. Thanks for images (flickr.com CC licence)
    Slide 1: ‘Laptop’ by sp3ccylad http://www.flickr.com/photos/sp3ccylad/497684709/
    Slide 2: ‘Fear’ by stumayhewhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/stumayhew/3747070194/
    Slide 9: ‘Shy’ by monogatarihttp://www.flickr.com/photos/monogatari/754388045/
    Slide 10: Facebook Era Blog http://www.thefacebookera.com
    Slide 11: ‘Twitter pack’ by carrotcreativehttp://www.flickr.com/photos/carrotcreative/2511539541/
    Slide 23: ‘One stop shop sign 1’ by marc e marc http://www.flickr.com/photos/marcemarc/2385399277/
    Slide 35: ‘8-sync-from-zotero’ by Mendeley.com http://www.flickr.com/photos/mendeley/4089542428/
    Slide 36: ‘Idea’ by brunkfordbraunhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/brunkfordbraun/330793963/
  • 41. A big thank you to…
    Dan Wilsher for being such a good sport