Fears…? Too hard to learn all these new technologies!
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
Too shy to get involved? Don’t worry – not essential Different degrees of engagement: Passive Creator
Pyramid of engagement From The Facebook Era blog: http://www.thefacebookera.com Inspired by Guillaume du Gardier
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
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
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
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
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
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
A search for ‘competition law’ will bring up any bookmarks categorised as this by delicious users
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
Here’s what a delicious user’s page looks like
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 WHY BOTHER BLOGGING? FACTS!
Wiki Allows easy creation/editing of interlinked webpages using simplified markup language. Ideal for collaborative websites, both on a personal level or in business. Examples: Wikipedia http://wiki.familylorefocus.com/FamilyLawWiki
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,
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
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/
Slideshare Great starting point Good for promotion Presentation repository Doesn’t have to be public
Social citation tools Zotero CiteULike LibraryThing Connotea Mendeley …but don’t forget about RefWorks – paid for by university and very sophisticated. Can share with those outside City.
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!
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/
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
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/
A big thank you to… Dan Wilsher for being such a good sport