Aims for this session - links to RO1 - building an identity and profile as a more static activity, putting information out there. Not broadcasting, one to many, but participatory, many to many.
Note any objections, stress hashtag
This course isn’t about teaching you the tools, but about exploring the possibilities offered by the digital, networked and open space of the internet and how they might enhance the kinds of things you might want to do online. I don’t necessarily want to be evangelical about tools or even being online - I want you to come to an informed decision about the level of engagement which you feel is comfortable and appropriate. I can’t give you answers, hence there will be discussion in this session.
Are we just doing traditional things digitally, and if so what impact does this have, or are we able to do new sorts of things? We may be missing out on functionality or potential, or dismiss a tool as we’re not thinking about it digitally but replicating traditional modes. Networked may be push and pull The three facets of thinking digitally may be positive or negative - use it as a framework in which to consider each tool or platform. Thinking digitally is about behaviour change
Weller and Shirky on production and distribution
formal outputs (and who are they shared with) and informal outputs
initial buzz - what are people’s reasons for coming today? discussion about broader reasons to share - the open access
State one area of your work which each of these would be interested in if you were to share it digitally/ primary and secondary audiences
file types devices - built-in or plug-and-play (cheap!) servers and the cloud some of these are bundled in one the more official and polished you go, the greater the barriers and compromises
your computer - your screen and keyboard will be the recording device for some files! you’ll need to export the file to one which is compatible with what you’re using to edit and host the file
pros and cons of each esp
pros and cons of university vs commercial cloud-based platforms for ECRS
Hosting artefacts which are already digital this is about behaviour change as much as one-offs images might be things other than photos....
NB - you might actually want to offer a taster which can’t be used alone, if you want to do consultancy work
Copyright - protects you from other people using your output - but equally stops you from using the output of others. But what if you want to use others’ output or to allow others to use yours? Openness of thinking digitally - digital artefacts can be repurposed.
trolling, losing rights, losing access, time costs (not frictionless)
Making and sharing content online
The Researcher Online:Making and Sharing Content Online Dr Helen Webster Digital Humanities Network University of Cambridge
Before we start...I’d like to model the digital behaviour I’madvocating!•Feel free to livetweet #RONetwork•Slides are online: Slidesharehttp://www.slideshare.net/drhelenwebster/•We’re recording the talk to create a digitalartefact. We’ll be focussing on the presentationrather than discussions.
Getting StartedThis isn’t a software training session, butthere is...•... a website listing tools mentionedtoday and instructionshttp://researcheronline.wordpress.com/•... a hands-on follow-up session on 20thFebruary to help you get started
AimsNot to teach tools, but...•an awareness of the ways in which social and digital mediaplatforms can enhance and be embedded in your work as aresearcher•an understanding of the issues raised by social and digital mediatools, potential pitfalls, good practice and future impacts on theprofession•an awareness of and ability to evaluate the various types of digitaltool and make informed decisions about your own engagementwith them in your practice
How much of what you do is shared?• List the outputs of your work which are ever seen by others• Who is that audience and how much impact does your sharing have?• What are the barriers to wider impact of your work?
Thinking Digitally• Digital• Networked• Open (Weller, 2012)
Traditional vs Digital modelsTraditional•Resource intensive•Filtered•Short-tail•Participation limited•ClosedDigital
What to share?• What digital ‘offcuts’ do you habitually create in the course of your work?• What aspects of your work might you capture easily in digital format?• What aspects of your work might be easily adapted as digital artefacts?• What might you create specifically as a digital artefact?
Why share?• Your own professional aims• The Impact Agenda• The Open Access agenda• ‘Cognitive Surplus’ (Shirky)
Potential audiences• Colleagues and peers• Students• Educators• Outreach• Public engagement• Knowledge exchange• Enterprise
The basicsYou need to... 1.record a digital file (a device) 2.edit the digital file (software or an app) 3.upload it to the web (a server or a cloud-based platform)
Recording• Your computer, smartphone or tablet• A plug-in device: webcam or microphone• Specialist kit - a digital camera, video camera, audio recorder
Editing• Proprietary software already be on your computer• Purchased proprietary software (you may have access to university licensed software)• Free, open source software• ‘Fremium’ software
Hosting• Your own web space• Your university’s web space (including a VLE)• Cloud-based platforms
Sharing digital offcuts• Documents: Scribd• Slides: Slideshare• Images: Flickr• Various formats as PDFs: Academia.edu• Bibliographies: Mendeley• Research data and outputs: DSpace@Cambridge
Does sharing work?How much do you need to adapt materialsbefore they will make sense to a primary (oftenspecific, face-to-face) audience and a secondaryonline (often unpredictable) audience?
ImagesCreating and editing: • iPhoto • Photoshop • some editing possible on hosting platformHosting: • Flickr
AudioCreating and editing: • Audacity • (Mac users) GaragebandHosting: • Soundcloud • Audioboo (also includes recording) • Youtube (with an image or slideshow) • iTunes (combined with RSS as a podcast)
VideoCreating: • any device that records and creates video filesEditing • Windows MovieMaker, iMovieHosting (and some recording and editing): • Youtube • Vimeo
Slide- or ScreencastCreating and editing: • Jing • Recording feature on PowerpointHosting: • Slideshare • Youtube • Screencast.com
Copyright and Copyleft• Copyright: all rights reserved• Creative Commons: some rights reserved• Ethics
Principles• Where you can, share (and share rights)• Design for a small scale targeted group, but open to scalability and serendipity• Lo-fi is good enough, and may be better• Change your practice - frictionless ‘collateral damage’, not just projects• Make sure you are permitted to share material!
Distribution and publicity strategy• How will your audience find your outputs?• How will you package your outputs and alert people?• How will you manage the frequency and lifespan of your outputs?• How will you assess and manage response to your outputs?
SerendipityHow will people find your outputs? • Searchability and metadata • Social network amplification(How) will they subscribe to futureoutputs?
Subscribability• Keep profiles updated on various channels• Set up a Wordpress.com blog and link to or embed media in it • Copy the html code from the hosting platform • Paste into the html editor of your wordpress blog post
Taking it further• DSpace@Cambridge• Cambridge University Streaming Media Service• Cambridge University iTunesU• Rising Stars Programme• Cambridge Outreach team / Admissions• Cambridge Public Engagement team