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  1. 1. Fostering Collaboration: Social Media and International Relationships<br />Sharon Strover, Derek Lackaff, Chris McConnell<br />University of Texas at Austin<br />ArturPimentaAlves<br />INESC, University of Porto<br />
  2. 2. UT Austin | Portugal Program<br />Portugal crafts agreements with US universities in select domains<br />2007: UT Austin | Portugal Program in Digital Media begins<br />Development of joint Ph.D. program, research collaborations, coursework, and internships<br />
  3. 3. International School for Digital Transformation (ISDT)<br />Discuss the process and prospects of using new technologies to enhance civil society, governance and social inclusion<br />Week-long residential program augmented with social media tools<br />77 faculty, students, and activists from 15 countries<br />
  4. 4. Social Media and Social Capital<br />Ellison et al. (2007): bridging capital<br />Wellman (2001): extending patterns<br />Sessions (2010): f2f stimulates online communication<br />Goodfellow(2005), Haythornthwaite (2000): mediation challenges<br />Laat et al. (2007): mandates and incentives for interaction<br />Wagner & Leydesdorff (2005):”supernodes” and authorship networks<br />
  5. 5. Research Questions<br />Does participating in an international, intensive, residential intervention aimed at cultivating peer-to-peer relationships yield a social network characterized by enduring and increased numbers of connections?<br />What types of research-related relationships are produced by the intervention?<br />What is the role of social media in creating and maintaining research relationships?<br />
  6. 6. Research Implementation<br />Online survey<br />Network metrics: relationship matrix<br />Activities and types<br />Social media metrics<br />51/77 respondents<br />
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  14. 14. Conclusions<br />Participants were positioned to benefit – and did see increase in social capital<br />Both active and passive media contribute to social capital outcomes<br />ISDT appears to have positive impact on research<br />Limitations in design – unable to evaluate unique contributions of face-to-face and social media platforms<br />
  15. 15. Fostering Collaboration: Social Media and International Relationships<br />Sharon Strover, Derek Lackaff, Chris McConnell<br />University of Texas at Austin<br />ArturPimentaAlves<br />INESC, University of Porto<br />

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