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Raising your research profile


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Raising your research profile

  1. 1. Raising your research profileSteve McIndoeUniversity of Manchester Library
  2. 2. Aims of session• Understanding your web presence• Considering institutional, personal and social presence on the web• Using social media to develop your research profile
  3. 3. Why develop your research profile?• Showcase your work• Showcase yourself!• Build professional networks• Reach a wider audience• Becoming an ‘expected’ academic activity..?
  4. 4. Your digital footprint
  5. 5. Google activity • In groups of 2-3, try Googling each other and write down what you find • 15 minutes
  6. 6. Institutional web presence• Institutional repository ▫ Manchester eScholar• Faculty/ School ▫ Researcher profile pages?• University website ▫ ▫ Patrycja Strycharczuk
  7. 7. Professional activities• Do you appear on relevant websites? ▫ Membership of professional groups ▫ Committees ▫ Editorial boards ▫ Conference papers ▫ Discussion lists and forums in your research field?  JISCmail
  8. 8. Blogs Wordpress Blogger Posterous
  9. 9. Personal research blogs• Keep a research journal• Practice writing for a specific audience ▫ Researchers in your field ▫ Interested academics• Reach a wider audience• Create a ‘hub’ for your activities• Control content , design and updates
  10. 10. Researchers’ blogs• Eljee Javier ▫• Social Software, libraries and e-learning ▫• The Thesis Whisperer ▫
  11. 11. Blogging about your research• Think about your audience ▫ Academic or general readers? ▫ Inter-disciplinary?• Offer something new or different ▫ What makes your blog worth reading? ▫ What do you want readers to learn?• Use examples ▫ Relate research to specific examples ▫ Demonstrate relevance and impact
  12. 12. Writing tips• Keep it up-to-date, post regularly• Be conversational and engaging• Keep it focused, remove redundant words and avoid jargon• Use headings, short paragraphs and lists• Use links, images and tags (wordclouds etc)
  13. 13. F-shaped reading pattern
  14. 14. Use connections RSS feeds Twitter LinkedIn Social bookmarks
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  16. 16. Social networking Social sharing• Facebook • Slideshare• Twitter (presentations)• LinkedIn • YouTube (videos)• • Flickr (photos and videos)
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  18. 18. Twitter• Disseminate news about your research• Keep up-to-date with others in your field• Build networks of researchers• Follow conferences and get reactions to events as they happen
  19. 19. Social bookmarking
  20. 20. Social citations Networking, collaboration, find out who is reading the same things as you, and what else they’re reading!
  21. 21. Action plan• Where am I? • Where do I want to be? ▫ Do I have an online ▫ Actions profile? ▫ Is it up-to-date? ▫ Is it connected?
  22. 22. Any questions?