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  • VolumeShirky: current period is “largest increase in expressive capability in human history” (cp printing press, telecoms, photos/sound/TV2. Transient and ephemeral first email ever sent (in 1971) has been lost. Proliferation of versions. Cp newspaper 2013 1713Emulation: In order to make old digital data work it is sometimes necessary to apply changes to the data. Is this still an original? Wayback. Stanley Spencer.3. Distortion: Twitchfork. Inhibiting?4. Range of voices Easier to express yourself but harder to make an impact. Also, wider range of events.Digital divide . If it’s not online it doesn’t exist.5. Speed: cp John Lennon deathMarginalia – recording responses to thingsThe application of computing to the Humanities is not new and can be traced back to at least 1949, when Fr Roberto Busa began researching the creation of an index variorum of some 11 million words of medieval Latin in the works of St Thomas Aquinas and related authors.
  • Using social media in your academic research

    1. 1. Using social media in your research Lucy Keating, Arts, Humanities and Education liaison librarian Newcastle University Library
    2. 2. Outline… Contex t Your views What, why, how Try it and feed back!
    3. 3. What’s social media all about? Participato ry DIY Social Social media Mixing everything up Customis ed Dynami c
    4. 4. 21 March 2006 March 1989 1949 6 Nov 2012 23 April 2005 ??1971
    5. 5. Context
    6. 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. 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. 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. 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. 10. Research lifecycle Have ideas Find information and keep up to date Disseminate Organise and manage Collaborate Conduct your research
    11. 11. Networking and collaborating online
    12. 12. Sharing online
    13. 13. Engagement and impact
    14. 14. Tools and widgets
    15. 15. Some cautionary tales.. Copyright Viz Magazine
    16. 16. Social media and research impact Volume Transience Democrac y Distortion Speed Flickr Commons: Library of Congress; US National Archives; National Library of New Zealand; National Archief
    17. 17. 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
    18. 18. Explore and try things out Social media Lib Guide Could you use it for your research? Post your thoughts on our blog at