Researching In A Web 2 0 World (for lawyers)


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Session to introduce law academics and students to the basic social media tools which could help the research process.

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  • Social media/web 2.0 – tools that facilitate communication, no longer just a collection of websites. You no longer have to have web design skills to get something online. Collaboration. Interactivity.
  • At the top of the pyramid are a small number of creators, including your most influential community members. They are your evangelists, most ardent fans, and passionate contributors of new ideas.Next are those who tend to comment on, though generally not contribute, ideas and discussion threads already put forth by others. These individuals are essential for creating a sense of dialogue across different members of the community, for helping to refine ideas and make them better.One step down are people who vote and tag items in your community. They express their preferences and opinions in the lowest-commitment way possible, but are still engaged.Last but not least are the bulk of your community visitors: people who are just visiting, consuming content but not participating per se.
  • You can send questions to presenters even if not present, widen discussion to outside world, easy way to get out there related articles, presentations, videos, podcasts
  • Dr Hazel Hall Napier Uni
  • Squidoo – easy way to create website on particular issue, interest, topic. They call such websites lenses.
  • Can see what others are readingCan see who is reading the same things as you and who you are influencing.Can be built collaboratively by groups of researchersCan find out what others think of resources – read reviews etc.
  • Researching In A Web 2 0 World (for lawyers)

    1. 1. Researching in a Web 2.0 world:for lawyers<br /> Emily Allbon<br />
    2. 2. It’s a different world out there…<br />I use books, Lexis and Westlaw…but there’s all this other stuff people are using…<br />
    3. 3. Fears…? <br />I’m too old to do social networking!<br />
    4. 4. Fears…?<br />I don’t have time!<br />
    5. 5. Fears…?<br />‘Hey it’s my research – I’m not sharing it with anyone!’<br />
    6. 6. Fears…?<br />Only for people with big egos!<br />
    7. 7. Fears…?<br />Too hard to learn all these new technologies!<br />
    8. 8. Advantages<br />Build up community of interest<br />Pinpoint breaking news, trends, get comments on brand-new research, cases<br />Finding new collaborators<br />Getting more out of conferences – pre-conference discussion, networking, participating if absent physically<br />Find and follow influential people<br />Collect links to share with others<br />
    9. 9. Too shy to get involved? <br />Don’t worry – not essential <br />Different degrees of engagement: <br />Passive <br />Creator<br />
    10. 10. Pyramid of engagement<br />From The Facebook Era blog:<br />Inspired by Guillaume du Gardier<br />
    11. 11. Twitter<br />Great for breaking news – comment on new cases<br />What are you doing? <br />Flag up key articles<br />Engage in discussion<br />Superb for event/conference engagement<br />
    12. 12. Hashtag lets you search for a case <br />e.g. #SinghBCA<br />Find audio file from press conference<br />Link to judgment<br />Get all the latest on a judgment as it breaks<br />
    13. 13. Top Twitter tips<br />Use hashtags # to indicate subject of a tweet<br />Retweet interesting things you hear from those you follow e.g. RT @lawbore<br />Use to shorten urls you flag up (you don’t want to waste your 140 characters on long urls)<br />See Dr Hazel Hall (Director of the Centre for Social Informatics, Edinburgh Napier University) for Twitter Tips in 10 minutes:<br />
    14. 14. Research funding award news<br />Opportunity to join committee<br />Get the latest research news<br />Invitation to complete survey<br />Research report published<br />Call for research proposals<br />Research journal published<br />Research report published<br />Research journal published<br />From Dr Hazel Hall’s Twitter Tips in 10 mins:<br />Call for conference papers<br />Research journal published<br />
    15. 15. Do I really want to be in a community?<br />Altruistic reasons<br />Research moves more quickly if ideas are shared<br />You might be able to help others<br />Research is a community<br />Selfish reasons<br />You’ll know what other researchers in your field are doing<br />You’ll get information and references that will save you time and help you spot things that you would have missed.<br />Fame and reputation<br />People tend to like to employ people who they have prior knowledge of<br />Taken from Hooley, T - Networks, Online Networks & Maximising your effectiveness (Digital Researcher event 15/03/10)<br />
    16. 16. Delicious or Squidoo – social bookmarking<br />Sharing your favourite internet links & borrow others!<br />Building a collaborative space<br />Promotion of expertise<br />Great resource for starting research in an area<br />Accessible anywhere<br />Incorporate tags<br />
    17. 17. A search for ‘competition law’ will bring up any bookmarks categorised as this by delicious users<br />
    18. 18. Clicking on a link will show all the people who’ve recommended it and under what categories (tags). <br />Great way to see what other sites people are finding useful<br />
    19. 19. Here’s what a delicious user’s page looks like<br />
    20. 20. Blogs<br />133, 000,000 blogs indexed by Technorati since 2002.<br />77% of internet users read blogs<br />72% say they blog to ‘share expertise’<br />Facts from Technorati’s ‘State of the Blogosphere 2009’<br />To share ideas<br />Keep active in writing<br />Establish reputation<br />Create a network – reach out to others<br />Have everything in one place e.g. CV, articles, twitter feed, areas of expertise<br />WHY BOTHER BLOGGING?<br />FACTS!<br />
    21. 21. Law blogs<br />
    22. 22. Wiki<br />Allows easy creation/editing of interlinked webpages using simplified markup language. <br />Ideal for collaborative websites, both on a personal level or in business.<br />Examples:<br />Wikipedia<br /><br />
    23. 23. RSS & Readers<br />To monitor news & blog buzz<br />Get news to you, rather than you searching for it<br />Can be blogs, table of contents, (from publishers) twitter feeds, social bookmarking.<br />Lexis and Westlaw allow you to set up alerts and RSS for a number of subject areas<br />Try Google Reader or Bloglines,<br />
    24. 24. Why use RSS? <br />Currency – stay up-to-date with debates in your area of research<br />Helps you find networks and gives opportunity to add to the body of scholarly knowledge<br />Bring all the info you’re interested in together – one-stop shop<br />
    25. 25. Register for Westlaw personal account<br />
    26. 26. Login with it!<br />
    27. 27. Click on RSS Feeds<br />
    28. 28. Create one!<br />
    29. 29. Choose the areas you’re interested in…<br />
    30. 30. How often do you want updating? <br />
    31. 31. All done – now where do you want it to feed to?<br />Copy and paste the url into a RSS reader…<br />Click on the RSS logo to add to your favourites bar<br />
    32. 32. Subscribe via your favourites bar<br />
    33. 33. Or RSS Reader<br />
    34. 34. Content aggregators<br />Gather together all your social media stuff in one place<br />iGoogle -<br />Netvibes -<br />Pageflakes -<br />
    35. 35. Slideshare<br />Great starting point<br />Good for promotion <br />Presentation repository<br />Doesn’t have to be public <br />
    36. 36. Social citation tools<br />Zotero<br />CiteULike<br />LibraryThing<br />Connotea<br />Mendeley<br />…but don’t forget about RefWorks – paid for by university and very sophisticated. Can share with those outside City.<br />
    37. 37. So what does all this mean?<br />Research will continue in traditional ways…<br />Meet new people in your field<br />Discover sources!<br />BUT…social media offers exciting options to:<br />Get ideas!<br />Join communities!<br />
    38. 38. MyCity can help<br />Build communities within the university<br />Blog and wiki capability<br />Great for cross-disciplinary stuff<br />Use Activities to allocate tasks – both yours and colleagues<br />Share documents/links for any collaborative work via MyCity<br />Share bookmarks<br />Get it here:<br />
    39. 39. Finding out more…<br />Social Media Revolution:<br />Digital research tools:<br />List of useful social media tools/resources: and<br />Slides from recent Vitae/BL event: Digital Researcher (15/03/10)<br />
    40. 40. Thanks for images ( CC licence)<br />Slide 1: ‘Laptop’ by sp3ccylad<br />Slide 2: ‘Fear’ by stumayhew<br />Slide 9: ‘Shy’ by monogatari<br />Slide 10: Facebook Era Blog<br />Slide 11: ‘Twitter pack’ by carrotcreative<br />Slide 23: ‘One stop shop sign 1’ by marc e marc<br />Slide 35: ‘8-sync-from-zotero’ by<br />Slide 36: ‘Idea’ by brunkfordbraun<br />
    41. 41. A big thank you to… <br />Dan Wilsher for being such a good sport<br />