Social media for history research: trivia or treasure trove?
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Social media for history research: trivia or treasure trove?



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Social media for history research: trivia or treasure trove? Presentation Transcript

  • 1. Using social media for History research: trivia or treasure trove? History Lab North East, 8th November 2013 Lucy Keating, Arts, Humanities and Education liaison librarian, Newcastle University Library
  • 2. Outline… Contex t As a tool: what, wh y, how As a source Your views
  • 3. What’s social media all about? Participato ry DIY Social Social media Mixing everything up Customis ed Dynami c
  • 4. 21 March 2006 March 1989 1949 6 Nov 2012 23 April 2005 ??1971
  • 5. Context
  • 6. What it did for me last week Twitter community answered a reader’s query RSS highlighted a useful new article YouTube helped me train a colleague A blog gave me food for thought Google calendar organised my teaching Flickr: (CC-BY-2.0)
  • 7. Your views… Do you use social media outside work? Do you use it for research? What do you think are the main attractions for researchers? Do you have any worries about it? Flickr Commons: UW; San Diego Air Museum; Library of Congress; Nationaal Archief
  • 8. Too much choice Researchers’ concerns… Quality and authority? Little usage among peers Few career incentives Privacy Volatility Timeconsuming Trivia Lack of clarity about benefits For social life only Plagiarism and copyright Flickr Commons: Uni of Washington libraries
  • 9. But worth dipping your toe in the water?… High, measurable impact Flexible Useful at all stages in research process Fast Interactive Fun! Collaboration and engagement! Event amplification Supplement, not replacement Flickr the Commons: State Library of NSW
  • 10. Research lifecycle Have ideas Find information and keep up to date Disseminate Organise and manage Collaborate Conduct your research
  • 11. Networking and collaborating online
  • 12. Sharing online
  • 13. Engagement and impact
  • 14. Tools and widgets
  • 15. Some cautionary tales.. Copyright Viz Magazine
  • 16. Words of advice Be led by your need, not the tool Configure settings carefully Be prepared to experiment Flickr Commons: US National Archives; Library of Congress; George Eastman House
  • 17. Social media as a history source Volume Transience Democrac y Distortion Speed Flickr Commons: Library of Congress; US National Archives; National Library of New Zealand; National Archief
  • 18. Format, context and interpretation
  • 19. The history of the modern world will be the history of ways of arguing. Clay Shirky Flickr Commons: State Archives of North Carolina; Nationaal Archief
  • 20. “History” itself may be a concept ripe for rethinking: not so much the objective sifting of sources, but a living thing, perpetually remade across networks for which there’s no time but the present. Unattributable Flickr Commons: Library of Congress
  • 21. Implications for historians New skills • Data mining and management, curation, creation… • Archiving the web • Less depth, more breadth? (information rich/time poor) New techniques and genres • Interdisciplinarity • Memory studies, social network analysis… Opportunities • New discoveries and interpretations of old sources • Recreating history • Public engagement Flickr Commons: US National Archives
  • 22. Contacts.... @nulibarts Flickr the Commons: Smithsonian Institution