Web 2.0 and academics <ul><li>Tools developed specifically for academics </li></ul><ul><li>Open knowledge agenda </li></ul><ul><li>But what is really happening? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Are researchers using these tools? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What do they think of them? </li></ul></ul>
Demographics <ul><li>Adoption is associated with: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Being male </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Older age </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More senior positions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Maths and computer science </li></ul></ul><ul><li>But social networking is different </li></ul>
Attitudes Likelihood that online activity will supplement peer review
Attitudes Likelihood that online publication will grow in importance
Attitudes: visibility ‘ If it increases your profile, and more people were aware of the work you did, that would be a benefit’ ‘ I don’t see why I wouldn’t also take an online recommendation [in the same way as face-to-face recommendations]’
Attitudes: communication ‘ You can have a conversation of more than just two-way ‘ You can talk about your research findings…and people can comment or interact without having to wait until your final output is a journal article that will appear in print’
Attitudes: trust Content ‘ I wouldn’t use Wikipedia or anything like that, anything that isn’t peer reviewed like that is worthless’ ‘ I have a negative attitude to using videos and blogs in research. Once it’s finished it should be published otherwise it will be anarchy in science’ ‘ It would be nice if the community felt a little less competitive and a bit more open about sharing data’ Process IPR
Implications <ul><li>Single approach unlikely to have much success </li></ul><ul><li>Engagement in future, but not now </li></ul><ul><li>Intellectual property issues need to be resolved </li></ul><ul><li>Certain people are key to encouraging success: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Library and information services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conference organisers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Local research groups </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>High-profile users </li></ul></ul>
References Proctor, R., Willians, R., Stewart, J., Poschen, M., Snee, H., Voss, A. and Asgari-Targhi, M. (Forthcoming) ‘Adoption and Use of Web 2.0 in Scholarly Communications’. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A . Collins, E., and Hide, B. (2010) ‘Use and Relevance of Web 2.0 Resources for Researchers’. Publishing in the Networked World: Transforming the Nature of Communication, 14th International Conference on Electronic Publishing 16-18 June 2010, Helsinki, Finland. http://hdl.handle.net/10227/599 Research Information Network (2010), If you build it, will they come? How researchers perceive and use web 2.0 .
Contact Ellen Collins [email_address] Branwen Hide [email_address] www.rin.ac.uk
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