Connected Researcher Introduction


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Delivered as part of the Connected Researcher workshop for Cardiff University's Graduate College, 23 February 2012

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Connected Researcher Introduction

  1. 1. The Connected Researcher: Networking and collaborating with web 2.0/Social media Susan Smith and Sarah Nicholas
  2. 2. Aims and objectives of session <ul><li>to show ways in which you can build an effective and supportive online network </li></ul><ul><li>to look at a range of social media tools </li></ul><ul><li>to discuss issues associated with social media and researchers </li></ul>
  3. 3. Social Media <ul><li>“ The online technologies and practices that people use to share opinions, insights, experiences and perspectives” (Cann et al, 2011) 1 </li></ul><ul><li>Today will focus on a range of tools and practices which enable you to build an online network </li></ul><ul><li>1 Cann et al. 2011. Social Media: a guide for researchers . Available at: </li></ul>
  4. 4. Social Media <ul><li>All tools and resources mentioned today are listed at </li></ul>
  5. 5. Outline of session <ul><li>Introduction: Why use social media? </li></ul><ul><li>Case studies of connected researchers </li></ul><ul><li>Networking </li></ul><ul><li>~~~~~~~ Lunch 12.15 – 1.15 ~~~~~~~~ </li></ul><ul><li>Disseminate and Communicate </li></ul><ul><li>Collect and Review </li></ul><ul><li>The Joined-Up Connected Researcher </li></ul>
  6. 6. Tweet this session <ul><li>Log in to your Twitter account </li></ul><ul><li>Compose a tweet by clicking on or , or in the tweet box </li></ul><ul><li>Use the hashtag #CR12 </li></ul>
  7. 7. Follow tweets on this session
  8. 8. #CR12
  9. 9. <ul><li>What are you hoping to gain from the session? </li></ul><ul><li>What social media tools have you used already? </li></ul>
  10. 10. Why use social media? <ul><li>Idea of ‘connected’ researcher is nothing new - Researchers have always exchanged and disseminated information </li></ul><ul><li>-Researchers have always built a network of peers </li></ul><ul><li>Range of social media tools to facilitate and support existing behaviours and practices - easy and free to use </li></ul>
  11. 11. Social media and researchers <ul><li>Use of social media becoming more widespread amongst researchers </li></ul><ul><li>- Social Media : a guide for Researchers published in February 2011 by RIN - Digital Researcher Days run by Vitae at the British Library </li></ul><ul><li>-In-house university training e.g. Warwick’s 23 things for the Digital Professional </li></ul>
  12. 12. Why use social media? <ul><li>Help to build your profile – ‘showcase’ yourself and your work </li></ul><ul><li>“ Social media allow academics to support students and colleagues, network and explore new intellectual connections” (Brabazon 2010) </li></ul><ul><li>Help you identify research opportunities (Cann et al 2011) </li></ul><ul><li>Brabazon, T. 2010. A community of scholars. [Online] Available at </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Cann et al. 2011. Social Media: a guide for researchers . Available at: </li></ul>
  13. 13. Why use social media? <ul><li>These tools will help you connect with: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Other researchers and PHD students, both internal and external </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>General public </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Growing need to communicate research findings to public – these tools make it easier </li></ul>
  14. 14. Why use social media? <ul><li>Enhances research - according to CIBER (2010) researchers found Web 2.0 tools to be very or extremely useful for: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Disseminating findings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Identifying Research Opportunities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Finding collaborators </li></ul></ul><ul><li>“ Social media presents some opportunities for better, faster research and dissemination” (CIBER 2010) </li></ul><ul><li>CIBER. 2010. Social media and research workflow? [Online] </li></ul>
  15. 15. Why use social media? <ul><li>May save time – use it to harvest the ‘wisdom of crowds’ and find resources through your network </li></ul><ul><li>It can help with the isolation of doing research </li></ul><ul><li>Engages you with a community that cares about what you care about </li></ul>
  16. 16. Your online presence/ digital footprint <ul><li>The majority of us have an ‘online presence’ or ‘digital footprint’ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Institutional – e.g. information on university webpages </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Professional – e.g. LinkedIn profile </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social media - e.g. Facebook, Twitter </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. What is your digital footprint? <ul><li>In pairs or groups of three search for one of your group/pair on Google – find out as much as possible about 1 each other </li></ul><ul><li>10 mins </li></ul><ul><li>What do you find? </li></ul>
  18. 18. Online presence considerations <ul><li>Can use social media to take control of your online identity </li></ul><ul><li>Lots of tips available (e.g. Online Research identity blog post) </li></ul><ul><li>Use ‘official’ channels as well as social media e.g. university websites, ORCA </li></ul><ul><li>Google scholar citation profiles </li></ul>