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Social media for researchers

  1. 1. Social Media for Researchers Dr Helen Webster Digital Humanities Network
  2. 2. Modelling Good Digital Behaviour…These slides are on Slideshare, and the links are live: Feel free to livetweet! #DH23
  3. 3. What do you use? Social Professional• Facebook • LinkedIn,• Blogging (Wordpress, Blogger) • Blogging (Wordpress, Blogger)• Twitter • Twitter• Content sharing (Flickr, Youtube) • Content sharing (Slideshare, Scribd)• Cloud email (Yahoo, gmail) • Cloud storage (Dropbox, Google Drive)• Social Bookmarking (Delicious, Diigo) • Social Bibliography (Mendeley, Zotero)• Conferencing (Skype, Google Hangouts) • Alternative office tools (Scrivener, Prezi)
  4. 4. THES article this week: Using Social Media Responsibly
  5. 5. AimsNot to teach tools, but...• an awareness of the ways in which social and digital media platforms can enhance and be embedded in your work as a researcher• an understanding of the issues raised by social and digital media tools, potential pitfalls, good practice and future impacts on the profession• an awareness of and ability to evaluate the various types of digital tool and make informed decisions about your own engagement with them in your practice
  6. 6. Thinking Digitally•Digital•Networked•Open •(Weller, 2012)
  7. 7. Thinking Professionally ResearchProfessional Teaching activities Public Administration engagement
  8. 8. Scale of digital engagementTechnoFEAR! TechnoJOY! (Izzard, 1997)
  9. 9. Issues
  10. 10. Issues
  11. 11. Do I have to…?The minimum you need to do…• Google yourself and check for information put online by others• Check privacy and permission settings carefully• Be aware of Online and Real Life echo chambers – what might you be missing?• Find efficient alternative strategies• Tailor your research topic and methods
  12. 12. What can you offer?
  13. 13. What do you want to do?• Tools for Professional Identity• Tools for Networking• Tools for Managing information• Tools for Creating and Presenting Information
  14. 14. Tools for Professional Identity• Blog (Wordpress, Blogger, Livejournal)• ResearcherID and Google Scholar Citations profile• and LinkedIn• Personal Website (Institutional and/or using a blog platform such as Wordpress)• Namechk,, Gravatar, Google Profile
  15. 15. Tips for Professional Identity• Ensure a stable web presence in the long term• Don’t just broadcast – interact• Think about your metadata – search terms• Offer something of value to your audience• Think about how personal you want your tone to be• Collate and disambiguate your identity• Have strategies for keeping other personal online identities separate• Have strategies for account and password management
  16. 16. What might you do with a blog?
  17. 17. Tools for Networking• Twitter• Listorious, SocialMention, Technorati• JISCmail lists• Use the interactive functions of blogs and social/professional platforms – don’t just broadcast, discuss, comment, ask questions, give answers.
  18. 18. Tips for networking• Update at peak times – 9am, 3pm, 6pm• Have a strategy and policy for following/friending – who is your network and how will you find it online?• Be aware of who’s in that webspace and avoid the echo chamber• Link your identity to real life – a photo, a real name• Update ‘regularly’
  19. 19. What might you do with Twitter?
  20. 20. Tools for managing Information• RSS feeds (Netvibes), Google alerts• Stumbleupon, Similarpages• Mendeley, Zotero• Evernote• Delicious, Pearltrees, Scoop-it• Dropbox, Google Drive
  21. 21. Tips for managing Information• Think about filtering information as much as finding it• Think about ethics – don’t store sensitive confidential data in cloud storage (ie Dropbox, Googledocs, Evernote)• Think about data management, metadata, file formats, backing up and security• Many of these tools have a social function also
  22. 22. What might you do with Dropbox?
  23. 23. Tools for Creating andpresenting information• Scrivener• Prezi• Youtube (+ video editing software)• Audacity + Soundcloud or itunesU• Issuu• Slideshare, Scribd, Flickr•,
  24. 24. Tips for Creating and Presenting information• Think about copyright infringement (check for Creative Commons)• Good practice – ask consent if including others• Frictionless ‘collateral damage’ capture digital artefacts from routine activities• Share them if they would be of value to others*• Update your wider network of what you’ve created
  25. 25. What might you do with Youtube?
  26. 26. How is Practice Changing?• Publishing Models: Open Access Publishing• Quality Assessment Models: Altmetrics• Funding: Collaboration and large projects• Pedagogy: digital classroom, ‘pedagogy of abundance’• Conference ‘attendance’ – livestreaming, liveblogging, podcasting
  27. 27. How is Scholarship changing? Digital Humanities• Born Digital and digitised research objects• Big Data – data mining etc• Digital analysis methods• Data visualisation - Global information Systems (GIS) etc• Crowdsourcing and recruitment
  28. 28. ResourcesOn Good Practice for Researchers • Vitae’s Handbook of Social Media for Researchers and Supervisors • RIN’s Social Media: A Guide for ResearchersOn the impact of digital technologies on academic practice• Martin Weller (2012) The Digital Scholar• John Naughton (2012) From Gutenberg to Zuckerberg: What you really need to know about the Internet
  29. 29. Further Training• DH23Things online course• The Researcher Online workshops (see CRASSH activities and AHSS PhD email list)• Digital Humanities Network