The Last Seminar: Open Research and Social Media


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The Last Seminar: Open Research and Social Media

  1. 1. The last seminar?Social media and open research@mark_carrigan)
  2. 2. "Then Bridges, who I thought had been deliberatelyavoiding me, walked up to the desk at the end of a classin which he had participated with his usual intense stare.You dont know anything about it, do you? Its all a gameto you.I asked him what he meant.Prison, he said, You think because youve spoken to afew cons you understand it all.Well, you dont, you justdont.He was slowly shaking his head.The tone was polite, butcondescending. Id heard that tone before."
  3. 3. ‘The criminal, the ill, the poor, the mad,the desperate.They were stalking thecorridors, the lecture rooms, theoffices...
  4. 4. ‘Those of us who had done any empirical research werebeing infiltrated by our subjects. (Infiltrated, is that theright word? Im still not sure how to describe what wasbeing done to us. Penetrated?Visited? Invaded?) I could notexplain how this had happened but they were certainlyhere, taking revenge against us for writing about them.
  5. 5. Participants and the research process‣ How would direct confrontation with participants(re)shape our practice?‣ What would involuntary confrontation withparticipants in past research look like?‣ What would it feel like? How would a priorknowledge of such future rencountering(re)shape our practice?‣ Not new questions - though dramatic treatmentof them is interesting
  6. 6. Possible avenues‣ Single author or multi-author blogging‣ Twitter or Tumbr‣ Podcasting (interviews, talks)‣ Facebook page (?)‣ Videocasting (interviews, talks, documentaries)‣ Live streaming events‣ Engaging with community blogs
  7. 7. • Fast – technology that is easy to learn andquick to set up. The academic does not needto attend a training course to use it or submita request to their central IT services to set itup.• Cheap – tools that are usually free or at leasthave a freemium model so the individual canfund any extension themselves.• Out of control – these technologies areoutside of formal institutional controlstructures, so they have a more personalelement and are more flexible.
  8. 8. Open Research• In adopting fast, cheap and out of control tools wemake the research process newly open.• Addresses the methodological and ethicaldifficulties which can result from too wide a gapbetween researchers and the groups they areresearching.• Using these tools proactively helps ensure thatchanges in the broader field of research which are,by definition, unpredictable can be negotiated moreactively than would otherwise be the case.
  9. 9. Beyond Impact andPublic Engagement• Digital footprint & discoverability• Greater impact arising from discoverabilitythen pursuing ‘impact’ as compartmentalizedactivity• Discoverability also represents a challenge -methodologically and ethically