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Using Web 2 0 To Enhance Your Research


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Workshop presented by Emma Gillaspy to postgraduate researchers at the PRISM 2009 conference (

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Using Web 2 0 To Enhance Your Research

  1. 1. Dr Emma Gillaspy Vitae North West Hub Manager, University of Manchester
  2. 2. Living in a digital world Social bookmarking Wiki’s RSS Podcasting (sharing audio) Blogging Chat Slide sharing Searching
  3. 3. Your life as a researcher <ul><li>Academic outputs (papers, thesis etc) </li></ul><ul><li>Dissemination </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration / networking </li></ul><ul><li>Professional development (formal and informal learning) </li></ul><ul><li>Reputation </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge acquisition, slide aquisition </li></ul>
  4. 4. Current activities and tools <ul><li>What research activities do you currently do and what tools do you use? </li></ul><ul><li>How do you think technology can be used to support: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Group or project communication and collaboration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Research dissemination and wider community engagement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conferences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ways in which you present yourself and your work </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Data collection and analysis </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Digital Identity:Google yourself
  6. 6. Developing a digital identity
  7. 7. Developing your digital identity - 3 examples of web 2.0 tools <ul><li>Slideshare </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sharing PowerPoint presentations, disseminating your research to a wider audience </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Twitter </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The latest news, ideas, conference back channel, social and work, community </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Twitter in plain English </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Top reasons to use Twitter </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Blogging </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reflection, archive of research, peer critique, disseminating </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Personal / research area? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Individual / collective? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blogs in plain English </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Top reasons to blog </li></ul></ul>
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  11. 11. Other examples <ul><li>Collaboration </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Wiki – for group collaboration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Google docs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Video conferencing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mindmapping to build up research questions or themes </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Data collection </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Audio or video diaries and logs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Surveys via mobile phones </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Data analysis </li></ul><ul><ul><li>SPSS for quantitative </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Nvivo for qualitative </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Cutting edge research <ul><li>Folding@home ( </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Stanford University </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To understand protein folding, misfolding, and related diseases </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A distributed computing project people from throughout the world download and run software to band together to make one of the largest supercomputers in the world! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PC or PS3 </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Develop your own digital identity <ul><li>How will you develop your digital identity? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What will you do? Where will you do it? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What software/hardware will you use? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What challenges might you face? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What strategies could you use to overcome those challenges? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>  How might you as a researcher benefit? </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Don’t use technology for technologies sake, use it only when it adds value!
  15. 15. Our online presence <ul><li>Vitae NW Hub: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>http:// </li></ul>