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Trondheim, March 2010

  1. 1. Using Web 2.0 for research: building an online academic identity Dr Lorraine Warren, Southampton Research workshop, NTNU, Trondheim, March 2, 2010 [acknowledgements to Lisa Harris, Southampton; Kelly Smith, Huddersfield; Charlotte Carey, BCU; Jas Dhaliwal, Microsoft]
  2. 2. First and foremost  I am a researcher!  http://www.doclorraine.com/cv/  http://www.doclorraine.com/publications/  http://www.doclorraine.com/paper- abstracts/http://www.doclorraine.com/project s/  http://www.doclorraine.com/uncategorized/is be-2009-creative-industries-track-winner/
  3. 3. Topics  Innovation [open/disruptive]  Technologies [new/emerging]  Online (entrepreneurial) identity/webscience/digital economy Huge topic!!
  4. 4. Online Identity  Upside – proactive, reach new people, appear bigger than you are  Downside – issues of security, privacy, IP  Sociological take: Goffman, Giddens  Narratives: stories of self, narratives and ante-narratives [Boje]
  5. 5. Web 2.0  Social media  Blogs, wikis, twitter, facebook, flickr, slideshare, youtube, ning  Sites such as Digg, Delicious  Music sites such as blip.fm, spotify  How to set in academic context
  6. 6. Is it...?
  7. 7. Overview: Building an academic identity  Rapidly build high value networks  Build up a community of interest around your work  Quickly identify and share breaking news, new resources, current issues  Benefit from new forms of publishing  AT NO COST  Making your work work for you NOW
  8. 8. For a researcher...(1)  Highlighting material useful to colleagues  Seeking collaborators  Sourcing co-authors  Networking with colleagues prior to conferences  Feeds from colleagues at conferences that I cannot attend  Research discussions  Meeting new contacts  Follow calls for funds (JISC)
  9. 9. For a researcher (2)..  Ask questions to quickly gauge opinion (crowdsourcing)  Follow sources such as Times Higher in real time, key journalists in my area [eg Jack Schofield/Guardian]  Post links to Digg and Delicious sites  Put out calls for papers outwith your sphere of influence  Use eprints [repositories]
  10. 10. What is your style?  Passives  Use what is there, use email, access information, maybe register accounts on FB, watch youtube, maybe use in presentations, text on mobile, largely individualised activity  Creators  Use and create what is there, create video, sound, upload, keep a blog, update, use FB for social events, use smart phone, access, join and participate in existing networks  Disruptor  Create new networks, develop activities based on real-time events and breaking news, main space of professional identity is online, rigorously maintained, download apps onto smartphone and extend
  11. 11. For me...  It’s where my future contacts and networks lie, and increasingly where I’ll be influencing thinking [velocity]  Also managing interface between work and play
  12. 12. Some examples  http://www.liberatemedia.com/blog/tim -greenhalgh/  http://www.doclorraine.com/  Next: Twitter demo  www.twitter.com [www.itweet.net]

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