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an introduction to social media and research


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a presentation to the DMU Business and Law Faculty Research Student away day, on May 23 2011.

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an introduction to social media and research

  1. 1. <ul><li>Social media and research management; or </li></ul><ul><li>the potential of social networking sites for data collection; or </li></ul><ul><li>the potential of social technologies for sharing </li></ul><ul><li>Dr Richard Hall </li></ul><ul><li> // @hallymk1 </li></ul>
  2. 2. <ul><li>What do you understand by social media? </li></ul><ul><li>Which technologies do you use in your research? What for? Are they social? </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Carpenter et al. (2010). Researchers of Tomorrow : Annual Report: 2009‐2010. </li></ul><ul><li>Kroll and Forsman (2010). A Slice of Research Life : Information Support for Research in the United States </li></ul><ul><li>Procter et al. (2010).  If you build it, will they come? How researchers perceive and use web 2.0 . Research Information Network, London. </li></ul><ul><li>James et al. (2009). The lives and technologies of early career researchers </li></ul><ul><li>Harley et al. (2010). Assessing the Future Landscape of Scholarly Communication : An Exploration of Faculty Values and Needs in Seven Disciplines. UC Berkeley: Center for Studies in Higher Education. </li></ul><ul><li>[with thanks to @mweller ] </li></ul>
  4. 4. Headlines <ul><li>Frequent or intensive use is rare </li></ul><ul><li>Researchers as ‘risk averse’ and ‘behind the curve in using digital technology’ </li></ul><ul><li>Culture against using social media for soft or hard publishing </li></ul><ul><li>BUT almost all researchers have created a strong network of friends and colleagues </li></ul><ul><li>Social media supports spontaneity and serendipity </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Social as resilient practice: modular engagement; diverse networks; tied to feedback loops </li></ul>
  6. 8. <ul><li>Tools and stuff: </li></ul><ul><li>and there is always wikipedia </li></ul><ul><li>I like really simple overviews of tools and stuff: </li></ul>
  7. 9. Case 1: JJ and 2012 – testing ideas and building networks <ul><li>Blogging on Posterous for critique and comment and testing ideas: </li></ul><ul><li>Amplifying networks using Twitter:!/jennifermjones </li></ul><ul><li>Flickr as an image bank: </li></ul><ul><li>Bookmarking/sharing via Delicious: </li></ul><ul><li>Aggregation using WordPress: </li></ul>
  8. 10. <ul><li>Visualising data taken from the social web: </li></ul><ul><li>Visualising data from publications: </li></ul><ul><li>Open data: </li></ul>Case 2: data-driven research
  9. 11. <ul><li>Critiques on public policy: </li></ul><ul><li>Hashtags in Twitter: managing trends: </li></ul><ul><li>Communities of Practice: </li></ul><ul><li>Galaxy Zoo </li></ul><ul><li>RunCoCo: </li></ul>Case 3: collaborative research
  10. 12. It’s your research. What issues do you foresee? Where might you start?
  11. 13. <ul><li>Does size matter? </li></ul><ul><li>You are connected at a range of scales. </li></ul><ul><li>How will you utilise that for research management, data collection and networking? </li></ul><ul><li>How will you think about reliability, validity, trust and ethics? </li></ul>
  12. 14. Ravensbourne, 2008 Inclusive networks. Hall , 2009; after Ravensbourne, 2008 Via @mweller
  13. 15. Via @pdp6
  14. 16. Licensing This presentation is licensed under a Creative Commons, Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales license See: