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2013 Connected Researcher 6 Introduction to Session Two


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One of two presentations from the second week of a social media for researchers workshop, delivered as part of Cardiff University Graduate College's workshop programme. The second presentation includes personal information from our case studies, so won't be uploaded online.

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2013 Connected Researcher 6 Introduction to Session Two

  1. 1. The Connected Researcher:Networking and collaboratingwith Social mediaSusan Smith and Sarah NicholasWith our panel: Janet Finlay, Joe Nicholls and Liz Walder ( and @bookworm_29)
  2. 2. Why use social media? Help to build your profile – ‘showcase’ yourself and your work (Cann et al 2011) Help you identify research opportunities (Cann et al 2011) May save time – use it to harvest the ‘wisdom of crowds’ and find resources through your network (Cann et al 2011). “Social media allow academics to support students and colleagues, network and explore new intellectual connections” (Brabazon 2010) Brabazon, T. 2010. A community of scholars. [Online] Available at et al. 2011. Social Media: a guide for researchers. Available at:
  3. 3. Why use social media? “Individuals who use social media have the potential to be more collaborative, more inter-disciplinary and more able to gather and respond to feedback than their peers” (Gillaspy & Hooley 2012)Gillaspy, E & Hooley, T. 2012. Digital Researcher: Using Social Media to Benefit your Research.
  4. 4. Why use social media? Enhances research - according to CIBER (2010) researchers found Web 2.0 tools to be very or extremely useful for:  Disseminating findings  Identifying Research Opportunities  Finding collaborators “Social media presents some opportunities for better, faster research and dissemination” (CIBER 2010) CIBER. 2010. Social media and research workflow? [Online] media-report.pdf
  5. 5. Why use social media? It can help with the isolation of doing research Engages you with a community that cares about what you care about (Gillaspy & Hooley 2012) See ‘Guides and Opinion’ section on Diigo list for more information
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