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Lorraine Warren's presentation to Robert Gordon University, 22nd July 2009

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  • 1. Using Web 2.0 for research: building an online academic identity Dr Lorraine Warren, Southampton Research workshop, Aberdeen Business School, RGU, July 2009 [acknowledgements to Lisa Harris, Southampton; Kelly Smith, Huddersfield; Charlotte Carey, BCU; Jas Dhaliwal, Microsoft]
  • 2. Web 2.0
    • Social media
    • Blogs, wikis, twitter, facebook, flickr, slideshare, youtube, ning
    • Sites such as Digg, Delicious
    • Music sites such as blip.fm, spotify
      • How to set in academic context
  • 3. Is it...?
  • 4. Overview: Building an academic identity
    • Rapidly build high value networks
    • Build up a community of interest around your work
    • Quickly identify and share breaking news, new resources, current issues
    • Benefit from new forms of publishing
      • AT NO COST
      • Making your work work for you NOW
  • 5. For a researcher...
    • Highlighting material useful to colleagues
    • Seeking collaborators
    • Sourcing co-authors
    • Networking with colleagues prior to conferences
    • Feeds from colleagues at conferences that I cannot attend
    • Research discussions
    • Meeting new contacts
    • Follow calls for funds (JISC)
    • Ask questions to quickly gauge opinion (crowdsourcing)
    • Follow sources such as Times Higher in real time, key journalists in my area [eg Jack Schofield/Guardian]
    • Post links to Digg and Delicious sites
    • Put out calls for papers outwith your sphere of influence
  • 6. What is your style?
    • Passives
      • Use what is there, use email, access information, maybe register accounts on FB, watch youtube, maybe use in presentations, text on mobile, largely individualised activity
    • Creators
      • Use and create what is there, create video, sound, upload, keep a blog, update, use FB for social events, use smart phone, access, join and participate in existing networks
    • Disruptor
      • Create new networks , develop activities based on real-time events and breaking news , main space of professional identity is online , rigorously maintained, download apps onto smartphone and extend
  • 7. For me...
    • It’s where my future contacts and networks lie, and increasingly where I’ll be influencing thinking [velocity]
    • Also managing interface between work and play
  • 8. Some examples
    • http://www.liberatemedia.com/blog/tim-greenhalgh/
    • http://www.lisaharrismarketing.com/
    • Next: Twitter demo
      • www.twitter.com [www.itweet.net]
  • 9. Follow up
    • doclorraine
    • http://www.jisc.ac.uk/news/stories/2009/07/web2practice.aspx