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DMU Social Media for Researchers


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Slides to accompany DMU Graduate School Office session for PGR students on Social Media for Researchers, held on 15 June 2016.

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DMU Social Media for Researchers

  1. 1. Social Media for Researchers Professor Richard Hall @hallymk1 Julia Reeve @DMUwritingpad Lucy Atkins @LucyJCA Bonnie Stewart
  2. 2. Overview • Linking social media and research management to researcher development • Demonstrating the potential of social media for academic practice/scholarship in public • Demonstrating the potential of social media for co-operative, academic practice/scholarship • Some considerations
  3. 3. Pre-session questions • Which social media tools do you use? • What do you use them to achieve in your academic work? • What would you like to cover in the session or in a follow-up discussion? • What are the ramifications of your work being social?
  4. 4. • A1: Knowledge Base • B3: Professional and career development • C1: Professional conduct • D2: Communication and dissemination • Available: The Vitae Researcher Development Framework
  5. 5. Useful tools:A1 Knowledge Base • Access/chance/trust: Twitter • Verification/trust: Subject blogs • Verification/trust: Open libraries • Resources/groups: Mendeley • Resources/groups: ResearchGate • Searching: Tagging, folksonomies • Collecting: Evernote; Tumblr
  6. 6. Useful tools:B3 Professional and career development • Networking/reputation: Twitter • Networking/reputation: LinkedIn • CPD: Subject blogs • Publication: Open libraries • Publication: • CPD/publication: Mendeley • CPD/publication: ResearchGate • Reputation: ImpactStory
  7. 7. Useful tools:C1 Professional conduct • Collaborative work • Privacy settings • Intellectual Property • Permissions, use, sharing and re-use [e.g. Creative Commons] • Open data [Manchester; .gov] • DMU-specific rights
  8. 8. Useful tools:D2 Communication and dissemination • File sharing: Dropbox, Google Drive, Zend • Conferencing Skype • Social presentation: Prezi, SlideShare, Storify • Multimedia: YouTube • Plus those in B3, above.
  9. 9. Twitter • What is Twitter? • Who uses it? • How does it benefit your research? Ned Potter’s: Twitter for researchers
  10. 10. Blogging • What is a blog? • Who uses blogs? • Different blogging platforms? • How does blogging benefit your research? patter
  11. 11. Linkedin • What is Linkedin? • Who uses it? • How does Linkedin benefit your research? LinkedIn
  12. 12. ResearchGate • What is ResearchGate? • Who uses it? • How does ResearchGate benefit your research? Researchgate
  13. 13. Lucy Atkins • Networking • Promotion of my own work • Learning about the work of others • Sharing my work • Reflecting on my work
  14. 14. Lucy Atkins • Increasing my visibility • Measuring impact
  15. 15. Lucy Atkins • #PhDChat - general PhD community. • @Acwri/#Acrwri - Discussion and support group for academic writing. • @SUWTUK/#shutupandwrite - Online shut up and write group. 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month, 10am BST. • @thesiswhisperer - Dr Inger Mewburn is the managing editor of the Thesis Whisperer blog, a highly useful collection of blog posts about every conceivable PhD concern. • @PhDForum - Discussion and support group for PhD students. • @PhD2Published - home of #Acwrimo (academic writing month - every November) • @ThomsonPat - Professor at University of Nottingham, author of patter blog, another brilliant PhD/academia guidance blog.
  16. 16. Case Studies • Lucy Atkins: PhD notes/verbs; standard open tech; links to Twitter; process of PhD • Tressie McMillan Cottom: own site as pivot; structure; public scholarship; most read; events; personal academic formation
  17. 17. Case Studies • Transition through PhD: #phdchat; Guardian HE Network; therapeutic networks; • Writing: seven reasons why academic blogging is valuable; the DMU Commons
  18. 18. To consider • Intensity of reading/research versus intensity of networking [time] • How risk averse do you *need* to be? • How open do you *need* to be? • What is the balance between soft and hard publishing? • How do you use your networks to challenge your own orthodoxy?
  19. 19. To consider • What permissions do you need to use stuff? • What permissions do you want to give your stuff? • Think about your identity across disparate platforms • Think about being true, necessary and kind • Think about your e-safety [personal relationships, the institution/funder, the State]
  20. 20. Support • DMU Commons • CELT Hub • DMU Social Media Policy -staff/pod/people-management- handbook/emailinternetandsocialmedia policy.pdf
  21. 21. Further reading • Common Craft simple overview videos t#technology • Research Information Network: Social media for researchers • Mark Reed Fast Track Impact resources!res ources/bt6xl
  22. 22. Further reading Slides 8-12 in this presentation are amended from “Social Media for Researchers” by Tanya Williamson and Louise Tripp at Lancaster University Library. Social Media for Researchers by Professor Richard Hall, Julia Reeve and Lucy Atkins is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.