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Online Researcher Communities - Who What And Why


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Workshop presented by Emma Gillaspy and Liz Dodson at the first Vitae Research Staff conference in November 2009 (

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Online Researcher Communities - Who What And Why

  1. 1. Online researcher communities - who, what and why?<br />Dr Emma Gillaspy, Vitae North West Hub Manager, University of Manchester<br />Dr Elizabeth Dodson, Senior Researcher, Loughborough University<br />
  2. 2. About us<br />
  3. 3. Objectives for today<br />Explore the digital world and how researchers can use it to:<br />develop their reputation through a digital identity<br />advance research<br />decrease isolation<br />Explore what the ideal online community for research staff would look like<br />Others?<br />
  4. 4. Research staff - issues<br />Isolation<br />Gap in support from PGR to academic<br />Fixed-term employment with limited opportunities for progression<br />Lack of defined career path<br />Independence from supervisor:<br />Publications<br />Funding<br />Status and recognition<br />Others?<br />
  5. 5. Your life as a researcher<br />Academic outputs (papers etc)<br />Dissemination<br />Collaboration<br />Professional development (formal and informal learning)<br />Reputation<br />Others?<br />
  6. 6. Living in a digital world<br />Social bookmarking<br />Podcasting (sharing audio)<br />Blogging<br />Chat <br />Wiki’s<br />Slide sharing<br />RSS<br />Searching<br />
  7. 7. Current activities and tools<br /><ul><li>What research activities do you currently do and what tools do you use?
  8. 8. How do you think technology can be used to support:
  9. 9. Group or project communication and collaboration
  10. 10. Research dissemination and wider community engagement
  11. 11. Conferences
  12. 12. Ways in which you present yourself and your work
  13. 13. Data collection and analysis</li></li></ul><li>Developing a digital identity<br />
  14. 14. Digital Identity:Google yourself<br />
  15. 15. General Principles of Online Interaction<br />Understand how public and permanent your online footprint is (see<br />Be aware that your current or future employers could choose to explore that online footprint!<br />Do not say anything online that you would not say face to face<br />Avoid spamming and flaming<br />Be aware that it is easy to misinterpret irony, sarcasm etc… without tone of voice or expressions to guide<br />Consider who you are talking to…<br />
  16. 16. Developing your digital identity - 3 examples of useful tools<br /><ul><li>Slideshare
  17. 17. Sharing PowerPoint presentations, disseminating your research to a wider audience, comments on your slides
  18. 18. Twitter
  19. 19. The latest news, ideas, conference back channel, social and work, community
  20. 20. Twitter in plain English
  21. 21. Top reasons to use Twitter
  22. 22. Blogging
  23. 23. Reflection, archive of research, peer critique, disseminating
  24. 24. Personal / research area?
  25. 25. Individual / collective?
  26. 26. Blogs in plain English
  27. 27. Top reasons to blog</li></li></ul><li><br />
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  31. 31. What do you need from an online community for researchers?<br /><ul><li>What knowledge will it share and develop?
  32. 32. Content
  33. 33. Subject specific
  34. 34. Institutional / regional / national
  35. 35. What will success look like?
  36. 36. How will it survive and prosper
  37. 37. How will it benefit you</li></ul>How will the community operate? <br />Existing or new<br />Just for RS<br />Who/what drivers<br />What resources will it need? <br />Monetary<br />Time<br />Commitment<br />
  38. 38. Useful tools<br />Communities of Science ( Free online professional profile, funding search, collaborator search<br />LinkedIn ( Professional Facebook!<br />Connotea ( Free online reference manager, access your references from any computer, share references<br />Dropbox ( Free online storage accessible in a Windows Explorer format, share and edit files/folders with others without having to download them locally, great for collaboration!<br />Google ( Google Scholar, Google Docs, iGoogle homepage, Picasa<br />YouTube ( Great ‘how to’ videos as well as a bit of fun!<br /> ( World’s leading researchers and thinkers, great for inspiration and motivation, pick up tips for public speaking<br />PubMed bookshelf ( Free online versions of many biomedical books<br />
  39. 39. Our online presence<br />Vitae NW Hub:<br /><br /><br /><br />Vitae RS blog:<br /><br />Liz Dodson:<br /><br /><br />