Social Media for Researchers
Professor Richard Hall
DMU Information Officer
1. personal data, research & social media
2. case 1: social media and research
3. case 2: the potential of social
networking sites for data collection; and
4. Case 3: the potential of social
technologies for sharing/dissemination.
• Carpenter et al. (2010). Researchers of Tomorrow: Annual
• Kroll and Forsman (2010). A Slice of Research Life:
Information Support for Research in the United States
• Procter et al. (2010). If you build it, will they come? How
researchers perceive and use web 2.0. Research Information
• James et al. (2009).
The lives and technologies of early career researchers
• 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
• Jisc (2013). Social Media and Academia: http://bit.ly/1f2cka8
[with thanks to @mweller]
• UCL Social Networking Sites & Social Science Research
• Pew Research Centre: Social Networking:
• London School of Economics Blogs: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/
• DMU Commons: http://our.dmu.ac.uk/
• DMU/CELT Guidelines when using Social Media
Technologies for Teaching http://bit.ly/1iDiIc2
• See also DMU Email, Internet and Social Media Policy
(On Intranet > POD > Human Resources > Policies)
• DMU Library Copyright pages:
Frequent or intensive use is emerging/rare
Researchers as ‘risk averse’ and ‘behind the
curve in using digital technology’
Culture against using social media for either
soft or hard publishing
BUT almost all researchers have created a
strong network of friends and colleagues
Social media supports spontaneity and
Social or co-operative as resilient
1. modular engagement;
2. inside diverse networks;
3. tied to feedback loops.
Issues of trust, power, rules
Tools and stuff: http://www.rin.ac.uk/node/1009
Jisc (2014). Social Media for Beginners.
I like really simple overviews: http://bit.ly/1jX8S2t
On how organisations use social media:
Information Commissioner’s Office, on social
media and the DPA http://bit.ly/1b82SOP
Research Information Network, guide on using
social media for research: http://bit.ly/1ic9enM
What do you understand by social media or
the social web?
Which technologies do you use in your
research? What for? Are they social?
What are the ramifications of your work being
Special Conditions for Research
S33 “Research, history & statistics” provides
• Exemption from right of access to personal data
• Right to hold data indefinitely
• Enables processing for purposes other than for which
• Where info doesn’t support decisions about data
• Not processed in way that might cause damage or
distress to data subjects.
1. Blogging for critique, comment, aggregation and
testing ideas: http://jennifermjones.net/
2. Amplifying networks using Twitter:
3. Flickr as an image bank:
Case 1: JJ – testing ideas and building networks
Visualising data taken from the social web, based on
Visualising data from publications: http://bit.ly/kxlhPH
Open data: http://bit.ly/gbzB3z and
UK Government: http://data.gov.uk/
Case 2: open, data-driven research
Research critiques: http://richard-hall.org
Hashtags in Twitter: managing trends: http://bit.ly/1f2iMOi
Communities of Practice:
Galaxy Zoo: http://www.galaxyzoo.org/
The Social Science Centre: http://bit.ly/1jXc6Dc
Case 3: open, collaborative research
A note on Twitter
'Highly Tweeted Articles Were 11 Times More Likely to
Be Highly Cited’ (2012): http://bit.ly/woj8ob
Analysis of science on social media service finds little
correlation with standard measures of academic success
Connection and connectivity
Echo chambers, reliability, validity and trust
It’s your research.
What issues do you foresee?
Where might you start?
Does size matter?
You are connected at a range of scales.
How will you utilise that for research
management, data collection and
How will you think about reliability,
validity, trust, power and ethics?
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