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Making and sharing content online

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Making and sharing content online

  1. 1. The Researcher Online:Making and Sharing Content Online Dr Helen Webster Digital Humanities Network University of Cambridge
  2. 2. 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.
  3. 3. 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
  4. 4. 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
  5. 5. 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?
  6. 6. Thinking Digitally• Digital• Networked• Open (Weller, 2012)
  7. 7. Traditional vs Digital modelsTraditional•Resource intensive•Filtered•Short-tail•Participation limited•ClosedDigital
  8. 8. What do you produce inthe course of your work?
  9. 9. 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?
  10. 10. Why share?• Your own professional aims• The Impact Agenda• The Open Access agenda• ‘Cognitive Surplus’ (Shirky)
  11. 11. Potential audiences• Colleagues and peers• Students• Educators• Outreach• Public engagement• Knowledge exchange• Enterprise
  12. 12. 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)
  13. 13. Recording• Your computer, smartphone or tablet• A plug-in device: webcam or microphone• Specialist kit - a digital camera, video camera, audio recorder
  14. 14. 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
  15. 15. Hosting• Your own web space• Your university’s web space (including a VLE)• Cloud-based platforms
  16. 16. Sharing digital offcuts• Documents: Scribd• Slides: Slideshare• Images: Flickr• Various formats as PDFs: Academia.edu• Bibliographies: Mendeley• Research data and outputs: DSpace@Cambridge
  17. 17. 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?
  18. 18. LivestreamingA webcam/microphone plus•Ustream•Livestream•Justin TV•Google hangouts
  19. 19. ImagesCreating and editing: • iPhoto • Photoshop • some editing possible on hosting platformHosting: • Flickr
  20. 20. 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)
  21. 21. VideoCreating: • any device that records and creates video filesEditing • Windows MovieMaker, iMovieHosting (and some recording and editing): • Youtube • Vimeo
  22. 22. Slide- or ScreencastCreating and editing: • Jing • Recording feature on PowerpointHosting: • Slideshare • Youtube • Screencast.com
  23. 23. Copyright and Copyleft• Copyright: all rights reserved• Creative Commons: some rights reserved• Ethics
  24. 24. 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!
  25. 25. 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?
  26. 26. SerendipityHow will people find your outputs? • Searchability and metadata • Social network amplification(How) will they subscribe to futureoutputs?
  27. 27. 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
  28. 28. What could possibly go wrong?!
  29. 29. Taking it further• DSpace@Cambridge• Cambridge University Streaming Media Service• Cambridge University iTunesU• Rising Stars Programme• Cambridge Outreach team / Admissions• Cambridge Public Engagement team
  30. 30. Researcher Onlinehttp://researcheronline.wordpress.com/Hands-on session: Wednesday 20th, 12- 2pm

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