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This presentation was part of a workshop delivered to University of Leicester postgraduate students and staff on 23 November 2011 at University of Leicester. With great thanks to Emma Kimberley for......

This presentation was part of a workshop delivered to University of Leicester postgraduate students and staff on 23 November 2011 at University of Leicester. With great thanks to Emma Kimberley for her prior work on this workshop and presentation.

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  • 1. Blogging for Researchers Terese Bird Learning Technologist Graduate School Media Zoo 23 November 2011 With thanks to Emma Kimberley for prior work
  • 2. What’ll we talk about?
    • Digital Profile: why?
    • Blogging
    • Case study: Museum Studies
    • Scoop.it
    • Slideshare
    • Twitter
  • 3. Digital Profile: why bother?
    • You already have one
    • You need to be in control
    • You need to promote yourself and your work
    • How to maximise the following:
    • Facebook – friends and family plus…
    • Twitter – professional development
    • LinkedIn – professional
    • Academia.edu – academic
    • Blogging – online researcher’s diary
  • 4.
    • A web log
    • Regular entries
    • Maintained by an individual or a team
    • Can contain links, graphics or video
    • Often provides commentary on a theme
    • Or functions as an online diary
  • 5. http://constantinakatsari.wordpress.com
  • 6.  
  • 7.  
  • 8. Blogs are good digital scholarship
    • Disseminate from Day One
    • Attracts other experts
    • “ Open” is king
    • Your digital profile established
    Photo by 46137 on Flickr
  • 9. What kind of blog?
    • Public
    • Publicity – Digital profile
    • Networking
    • Discussion
    • Reflection
    • Motivation
    • Progress tracking
    • Private
    • Reflection
    • Motivation
    • Progress tracking
  • 10. Public blogs
    • Often have a social function
    • Stimulate discussion on a theme
    • Bring attention to your publications
    • Share information among peers
    • Blog to a community
    • Team blogging
    • Recreational as well as academic
    • Link to departmental website
  • 11.  
  • 12.  
  • 13. Private blogs
    • Keeping track of research progress
    • Research diary
    • Can be set to private so that no-one else can see it
    • Keeping links – reminding yourself of what you found and when by using tags
    • A motivational tool
  • 14. Research councils Libraries Student organisations Research institutions Academics Archives Museums Projects Other postgraduates Who to read?
  • 15. Some useful blogs to read
    • The GSRR blog
    • http://gradschoolreadingroom.blogspot.com
    • Postgrad student blogging communities at Leicester
    • http://attic-museumstudies.blogspot.com/
    • http://www.newhistorylab.org/
    • PhD blogs
    • http://thethesiswhisperer.wordpress.com/
    • http://findsandfeatures.wordpress.com/
    • http://malenel.wordpress.com/
    • http://www.jobs.ac.uk/blogs/real-life/
    • http://www.prospects.ac.uk/p/articles/phd_blog_43.jsp
  • 16. Some useful blogs to read
    • Blogs by academics at Leicester
    • http://www.microbiologybytes.com/blog/
    • http://constantinakatsari.wordpress.com
    • http://spider-project.blogspot.com/
    • http://beyonddistance.wordpress.com/
    • … and elsewhere
    • http://mat.gsia.cmu.edu/blog/
    • http://timesonline.typepad.com/dons_life/
  • 17. Why would you blog?
    • What kind of blog would you have?
    • What would you blog about? - brainstorm
  • 18. Creating a blog
    • Look at other blogs
    • Decide what you want
    • Choose a platform
    • Create and customise
    • Private or public?
    • Start posting!
  • 19. Good blogging tips Update regularly – once a week Keep entries short – 300 words Use pictures Think before you write! Link to previous posts Respond to comments Remember: anyone could read your post/comment…so never blog anything you wouldn’t be prepared to say in public! Link to departmental website
  • 20. Tag your posts
    • Automatic cataloguing
    • Enables you to select relevant posts
    • Good for organising notes
    • Lets readers know the main topics on your blog
  • 21.
    • Everything you write in a public blog can be seen by anyone
    • Think carefully about what information you want in the public domain
    • Does the information you are sharing belong to you?
    • Ask advice of your supervisor / team / collaborators before blogging
    Think about your academic profile
  • 22. Copyright and intellectual property
    • Some blog sites make you sign away your copyright
    • Read the terms and conditions before you sign up
    • You can use 3 rd party content as long as you comment on it
    • Any questions? Email: copyright@le.ac.uk
  • 23. Any questions?
  • 24. Your turn!
    • posterous.com
    • blogger.com
    • wordpress.com