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Social Media for Researchers


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Workshop slides for PGR students at De Montfort University on 12 February 2015. See:

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Social Media for Researchers

  1. 1. Social Media for Researchers Professor Richard Hall @hallymk1
  2. 2. hopes for the session 1. Linking social media and research management to researcher development 2. Demonstrating the potential of social media for academic practice/scholarship in public 3. Demonstrating the potential of social media for co-operative, academic practice/scholarship 4. Some considerations
  3. 3. 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. I currently use Facebook on a personal basis and LinkedIn on a professional basis. I don't really use social media (except occassional rants on facebook and networking on linked in [sic.]). Mainly, I use social media (Facebook & Tumblr), but not for academic purposes.  I use social media for personal use but intend to use Twitter mainly for my research to keep up to date with what other people in my field are doing and to promote my research. [academic identity; boundaries]
  5. 5. I have been hearing about how I should be using twitter from a research/professional basis so am trying to increase my use of twitter now. I am connecting with other researchers, keeping an eye on hashtags such as #phdchat for useful information and contact with fellow phd students.   I would really like to learn what platforms I should be using and how to use them best to engage for success in my phd. Am I doing the right things? [are there right things? Balance time/investment/capital]
  6. 6. I'm very interested in how social media can contribute to participatory action research with young people and how it can be used to effectively disseminate research findings & recommendations in ways that can have an impact. achieve some marketing of work/ideas and networking. I would be interested to understand how others successfully use social media for academic purposes. By successful, I mean more than just adding people into friends lists - for example: did they obtain research projects? did they enter networks that otherwise could not have taken part? [collective work]
  7. 7. Any other business?
  8. 8. The Vitae Researcher Development Framework A1: Knowledge Base B3: Professional and career development C1: Professional conduct D2: Communication and dissemination Available:
  9. 9. Useful tools Access/chance/trust: Twitter Verification/trust: Subject blogs Verification/trust: Open libraries Resources/groups: Mendeley Resources/groups: ResearchGate Searching: Tagging, folksonomies Collecting: Evernote; Tumblr
  10. 10. Useful tools Networking/reputation: Twitter Networking/reputation: LinkedIn CPD: Subject blogs Publication: Open libraries Publication: CPD/publication: Mendeley CPD/publication: ResearchGate Reputation: ImpactStory
  11. 11. Ethics, legal requirements, IPR and copyright, co-authorship •Collaborative work •Privacy settings •Intellectual Property •Permissions, use, sharing and re-use [e.g. Creative Commons] •Open data [Manchester; .gov; data visualisation] •DMU-specific rights
  12. 12. Useful tools: •File sharing: Dropbox, Google Drive, Zend •Conferencing Skype •Social presentation: Prezi, SlideShare, Storify •Multimedia: YouTube Plus those in B3, above.
  13. 13. Some cases • Tressie McMillan Cottom: own site as pivot; structure; public scholarship; most read; events; personal academic formation • Lucy Atkins: PhD notes/verbs; standard open tech; links to Twitter; process of PhD • Transition through PhD: #phdchat; Guardian HE Network; therapeutic networks; support networks • Writing: seven reasons why academic blogging is valuable; the DMU Commons
  14. 14. • Collective work/co-operation: Joss Winn’s site [blog, academic writing, scholars, presentations, contact] • Alignment with research nodes/centres/projects: DMU Centre for Pedagogic Research; Digital Building Heritage • Participation with user communities: DMU Square Mile on the Academic Commons; Galaxy Zoo; RunCoCo • Public Scholarship: public intellectuals; Doug Belshaw’s Never Ending Thesis; The Social Science Centre
  15. 15. resources
  16. 16. • DMU Commons: • DMU/CELT Guidelines when using Social Media Technologies for Teaching • See also DMU Email, Internet and Social Media Policy: briefing; policy • DMU Library Copyright pages:
  17. 17. Jisc’s Social Media for Beginners. Really simple overviews: RIN: Social Media: A Guide for Researchers Andy Miah’s A to Z of Social Media for Academia CIBER: Social media and research workflow
  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. 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 is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.