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Turning our attention to supporting research: six months in to the Warwick University's Academic Technology digital humanities initiative.

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  1. 1. iwmw13Turning Our Attention toSupporting ResearchAmber ThomasAcademic Technology ManagerUniversity of Warwick
  2. 2. confessionconfession
  3. 3. my contextmy contextBy Scouten (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
  4. 4. is research a blind spot?is research a blind spot?
  5. 5. UK changes to funding andUK changes to funding andevaluation of researchevaluation of researchOPEN ACCESSIMPACTRESEARCH DATA
  6. 6. research is changingresearch is changingAmber Thomas. "21st-century Scholarship and Wikipedia". November 2012, Ariadne Issue 70
  7. 7. public engagementpublic engagementinstitutional webpagesare not enoughand who helps researcherswith everything else?
  8. 8. open accessopen accessremodelling peer reviewchanges the role of the librarypotential for rebirth of university pressso much more is public
  9. 9. broadening of what countsbroadening of what counts• research datasets• code• blogs• slidedecks• podcasts and videosa huge range of formatson a huge range of platforms
  10. 10. collaboration andcollaboration andinterdisciplinarityinterdisciplinarityBy Hierarchisches_Datenbankmodell.png:Stern at de.wikipedia derivativework: Sillyfolkboy (Hierarchisches_Datenbankmodell.png) [GFDL( or CC-BY-SA-3.0(], from Wikimedia CommonsProjects don’t fit in our fixed structuresProjects spread …•between specialisms•across departments•between institutions•beyond bordersResearch happens outside the universityOutputs live outside the university
  11. 11. altmetricsaltmetrics“Altmetrics expand our view of what impact looks like, but also ofwhat’s making the impact. This matters because expressions ofscholarship are becoming more diverse. Articles are increasingly joinedby:•The sharing of “raw science” like datasets, code, and experimentaldesigns•Semantic publishing or “nanopublication,” where the citeable unit is anargument or passage rather than entire article.•Widespread self-publishing via blogging, microblogging, andcomments or annotations on existing work “ fundamental questions are being asked that could changehow we manage and evaluate research within universities
  12. 12. a more social scholarshipa more social scholarshipacademic networks become more visiblea new currency is emerging*Currency metaphor with a nod to Dave White, Oxford TALL
  13. 13. research footprint monitoringresearch footprint monitoringCollate usage data from where yourresearch lives and breathesBack onto your institutional webpages,through APIs, feeds and widgets
  14. 14. Digital Humanities @ WarwickDigital Humanities @ WarwickOliver Kanaan, Diving into the Splash CC BY NC
  15. 15. emerging themes, 6 months inemerging themes, 6 months in mediaanalyticsdatabases emerging themes
  16. 16. reflections, 6 months inreflections, 6 months in• reminds me a lot of how e-learning support used to be 5-10 years ago• could the fees system change and student satisfactionagenda have shifted the focus toward teaching?• researchers are anxious because things are changing sofast• hugely political, a spectrum of drivers and a complexityof response• neutral stance is that digital scholarship is digital literacyapplied to the new research landscape
  17. 17. implicationsimplicationsfor institutional websitesfor institutional websitesWe have to get good at:•Re-aggregating distributed content analytics•Using third party specialist platforms: risk management•Data and databases, throughout the lifecycle•Preservation and archiving•Being technology collaborators in complex projects•Responsive innovation through to service provision•Admitting we don’t know the answers sometimes!
  18. 18. Thanks!Amber ThomasAcademic Technology ManagerUniversity of Warwickamber.thomas @