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Blogs, Twitter, wikis and other web-based tools: collaborating and building your online presence


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The tools and technologies presentation from the workshop we ran on 31 March 2014 at Imperial College London

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Blogs, Twitter, wikis and other web-based tools: collaborating and building your online presence

  1. 1. Blogs,Twitter, wikis and other web-based tools Jenny Evans Maths & Physics Librarian
  2. 2. Tools andTechnologies found under ‘optional content’ Blogs Evaluation tools Multimedia Networks and networking Online collaborative tools RSS Social bookmarking & reference management Wikis Communicating online (online identity) Managing information Keeping up-to-date
  3. 3. Inputs Tom Phillips (2013)
  4. 4. Outputs Tom Phillips (2013)
  5. 5. An online diary, with entries (known as posts) written in reverse chronological order. It is possible to post text as well as embed other content, such as images or videos or tweets from your Twitter account. Those reading a blog can often use the comments feature to interact with the blog writer, or blogger, and other people (though some blogs have comments disabled).
  6. 6. Structure of a blog
  7. 7. Also known as a web feed or news feed, an RSS feed is web content encoded in an xml format. It enables you to keep up to date with changes to regularly accessed web resources by delivering this information directly to your feed reader (also known as an aggregator). Feed readers can be browser based, web based or desktop based.
  8. 8. Activity: Create an account with a Feed Reader and add some RSS feeds
  9. 9. Blogging Platforms
  10. 10. Why? Audience What to blog about / not blog about Content Why not? Confidential data Time
  11. 11. Information communication to a wide audience Improve your writing Think about communicating to non-specialists and/or members of the public Easy to set up Connect other social media accounts Build your online presence/profile
  12. 12. Content (from Stephen Curry)
  13. 13. Legal / ethical issues Embed links rather than content Hosting Licensing info about original content License blog with appropriateCC license Confidentiality Complaints procedure …use your common sense!
  14. 14. Activity – Workshop blog 1. Log in to the workshop blog - your username and password were emailed to you this morning 2.Write your first blog post – can be impressions so far or try the ‘flash blogging exercise’ or do both 3. Or set up your blog and write your first post
  15. 15. “an online social networking service and microblogging service that enables users to send and read “tweets”, which are text- based messages limited to 140 characters.” Wikipedia [accessed online 1 December 2013]
  16. 16. What is it?
  17. 17. Twitter and Privacy Privacy policy Account settings Location information – off by default Can delete tweets but not edit them May still be found inTwitter Search for a while
  18. 18. Twitter apps and tools Twitter for smart phones, tablets and desktop computers
  19. 19. Activity: Set up aTwitter Account or a Hootsuite Account
  20. 20. A wiki is a website that anyone can add content to. It can be open to all or closed so that only invited members of a community can use it. Pages can be quickly and easily edited and created in a web browser.Those contributing to a wiki can discuss and comment upon each other’s work. Enables collaboration Web-based Reduce email Keep track of research
  21. 21. Using wikis in research Electronic lab notebooks OpenWet Ware Disseminate data isee – dissemination of structural biology data To support teaching For presentations Wikipedia and the Molecular Sciences
  22. 22. Which wiki software? Imperial specific CentralWiki Service (Confluence) Sharepoint Freely available WikiMatrix
  23. 23. Social bookmarking and your research Web-based version of browser bookmarks – access wherever you are Share with other researchers Export and import links Discover new information and research using tags to browse other peoples bookmarks Organise, and search your bookmarks using tags Delicious, Pinboard
  24. 24.
  25. 25. Social reference management and your research Discover new information and research Access your references wherever you are Organise, and search your references/bookmarks using tags Share your references with others in your research area Identify other potentially useful references Mendeley, Zotero, Papers, Colwiz, readcube
  26. 26. Chemistry Research group using Mendeley
  27. 27. Evaluation tools Many tools available – measuring qualitative or quantitative data or a combination of both Can be free, paid for or a combination of both Altmetrics – article level metrics – focus on the impact of a specific article There are also tools connecting social media accounts and give you a score to measure your influence No tool is perfect nor should not be used in isolation Things to think about What do I want to measure? Why am I measuring? Which tools am I using? How and what is the tool / service measuring?
  28. 28. College guidelines / advice Social media guidelines Social networking sites and personal internet presence Use of collaborative internet environments e/provisions/policies/infosystems/codes/cop16 Web based collaboration guidelines ollaboration/webbasedcollaborationguidelinessupplement
  29. 29. Image attributions Tag cloud from Anne Helmand under CC BY-NC-SA Tom Phillips inputs and outputs from: and-technologies-for-researchers/ Blogs, Read blogs, RSS,Write blogs,Why, Case Studies, OtherTools images generated by: Blogging platforms image from reused under CC BY-NC 2.0 Content from Stephen Curry (Science blogging workshop) orkshop-jul12-v2.pdf Copyright image from reused under CC-BY The role ofTwitter in science publication and communication from : Prevalence ofTwitter and use amongst scholars Why useTwitter? And Perceptions on why you might not useTwitter from: :