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Social Media In Research


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Presented at Case Western Reserve University to the World Health Interest Group meeting.
Briefly describes how various social media tools can be used within the research lab environment

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Social Media In Research

  1. 1. Social Media in Research: Use more than just email to communicate. Michelle Kraft MLS, AHIP Senior Medical Librarian Cleveland Clinic Alumni Library
  2. 2. Research Methods Image courtesy Cameron Neylon presentation
  3. 3. Research Methods using Social Media Google Docs Tagging Tagging Twitter Blogs Wikis RSS
  4. 4. Social Media <ul><li>Blogs & Wikis – notebooks </li></ul><ul><li>Social Bookmarking – sharing sites & refs </li></ul><ul><li>GoogleDocs – group writing & editing </li></ul><ul><li>SlideShare – presentation repository </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter – discussion </li></ul><ul><li>RSS – news and search feeds </li></ul>
  5. 5. Blogs and Wikis <ul><li>Communication platform </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Article and news discussion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Trends profiling </li></ul></ul><ul><li>An online notebook </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Link out to external resources, protocols, data </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Open or closed </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In-house, password protected </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Viewable by the public </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Science & Research Blogs -News <ul><li>MicrobiologyBytes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Latest news about microbiology </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Peer-To-Peer </li></ul><ul><ul><li>For peer-reviewers and about peer review </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Professor Douglas Kell’s blog </li></ul><ul><ul><li>News, thoughts, and facts from Chief Executive of the BBSRC </li></ul></ul><ul><li>HUGO Matters </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Discusses topics relevant to human genetics and genomics </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Science & Research Blogs -News & Extra <ul><li>Useful Chemistry </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Chronicles research involving the synthesis of novel anti-malarial compounds. Closely tied to Useful Chemistry wiki </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Cold Spring Harbor Protocols </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Discusses current events in biology with emphasis on lab techniques, protocols are highlighted & discussed in detail </li></ul></ul>
  8. 9. Science & Research Blogs -Lab Notes <ul><li>Lab notes now more on wikis than blogs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cameron Neylon </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Michael Barton </li></ul></ul>
  9. 11. Science & Research Wikis <ul><li>UsefulChem wiki </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Synthesis of novel anti-malarial compounds, including experiments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Completely open </li></ul></ul><ul><li>OBF wiki </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Open Bioinformatics Foundation focused on supporting open source programming in bioinformatics </li></ul></ul><ul><li>OpenWetWare </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Promotes sharing of information, know-how and wisdom among researchers & groups working in biology & biological engineering </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Partially open </li></ul></ul><ul><li>WikiPathways </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Dedicated to the curation of biological pathways </li></ul></ul>
  10. 12. More Science & Research Wikis <ul><li>Kochlab notebook wiki </li></ul><ul><ul><li>DNA unzipping data analysis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Semi public, has private wiki </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Rosania Research Group wiki </li></ul><ul><ul><li>All lab notebooks of Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at University of Michigan College of Pharmacy </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Yeast Genome wiki </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Everything yeast including protocols, methods, reagents, strains </li></ul></ul>
  11. 15. Social Bookmarking <ul><li>A.K.A Tagging </li></ul><ul><li>Similar to browser bookmarks </li></ul><ul><ul><li>On the web, accessible anywhere </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Viewable to others </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Include descriptors, metadata, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Lots of tagging applications </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Delicious </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CiteULike </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Connotea </li></ul></ul>
  12. 16. Delicious <ul><li>Early social bookmarking web service </li></ul><ul><li>Very popular </li></ul><ul><ul><li>5 million users </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>150 million bookmarked URLs </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Use any term to index sites </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to use </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to syndicate (RSS feed) </li></ul><ul><li>Does NOT import to Endnote </li></ul><ul><li>Does not support automatic import of journal metadata </li></ul>
  13. 18. CiteULike <ul><li>Intended to organize academic publications </li></ul><ul><ul><li>designed specifically for scientists & scholars to share articles & information </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Captures article metadata in RIS (EndNote compatible) </li></ul><ul><li>Identifies how many people have bookmarked a publication </li></ul><ul><li>Collects data on potential number of readers not just citer </li></ul><ul><li>Automatic import for JSTOR, PLoS, PubMed, SpringerLink, ScienceDirect </li></ul><ul><li>PDF uploading to repository </li></ul>
  14. 20. Connotea <ul><li>Created by Nature Publishing Group </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Similar to CiteULike but aimed specifically at scientists </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Automatic import for BioMedCentral, PLoS, PubMed,, Wiley Interscience </li></ul><ul><li>Captures article metadata in RIS (EndNote compatible) </li></ul><ul><li>Can have spam problems </li></ul><ul><li>Some don’t like the advertising </li></ul><ul><li>OpenSource </li></ul><ul><li>Group feature allows tagged sites to be uploaded to all members of group </li></ul><ul><li>No PDF uploading </li></ul>
  15. 22. GoogleDocs <ul><li>Collaborative writing, editing, data sharing </li></ul><ul><li>Edit in real time </li></ul><ul><li>Complete History of Changes </li></ul><ul><li>Editing conflict rare but easy to identify & fix </li></ul><ul><li>Documents saved & exported as DOC, XLS, CSV, ODS, ODF, BTF, RTF, HTML </li></ul><ul><li>Sometimes has problems with images and citations </li></ul>
  16. 26. SlideShare <ul><li>Your presentation doesn’t end at the conference </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Upload, share, view, download slides, PDF, Docs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Audio, video upload and sharing abilities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Embed slides into website </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Private or public </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Contact original authors </li></ul>
  17. 28. Twitter <ul><li>Common misconceptions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Waste of time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Place to spam, advertise </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Only the self absorbed </li></ul></ul><ul><li>1 in 5 American Internet users tweet </li></ul><ul><li>Visits grew by 1382% in one year </li></ul><ul><ul><li>More popular than Facebook 228% growth </li></ul></ul><ul><li>42% tweets from 35-49 year olds </li></ul><ul><li>62% access Twitter from work </li></ul><ul><ul><li>More popular than Facebook 228% growth </li></ul></ul>
  18. 29. Twitter <ul><li>Method to network on the fly </li></ul><ul><li>Share breaking news, information, articles </li></ul><ul><li>Journal or association news, TOCs </li></ul><ul><li>Create news & topic update feeds </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Need Twitter client </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Tweetie </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>TweetDeck </li></ul></ul></ul>
  19. 30. Who is Tweeting? <ul><li>NatureNews 4,197 followers </li></ul><ul><li>NIH </li></ul><ul><ul><li>NIHforHealth 10,815 followers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NIHforFunding 1,275 followers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>CellPressNews 1,196 followers </li></ul><ul><li>NEJM 1,184 followers </li></ul>
  20. 32. Twitter in Conference Settings <ul><li>Updates of events, speakers, presentations </li></ul><ul><li>Logistical information </li></ul><ul><li>Enhanced discussion </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Questions to presenters from off site </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Discussions between attendees & non attendees </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Links to presentations, pictures, & videos </li></ul></ul>
  21. 34. Facebook: For Science <ul><li>Nature Network </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Connect with colleagues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Create a profile, describe yourself & your research, list publications </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Discuss science news and issues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Join forums on topics of interest </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Science Blogs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Create your own, read others, post comments </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Events and other information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Upcoming seminars, conferences, job listings </li></ul></ul></ul>
  22. 36. Information Overload?
  23. 37. Gathering Information
  24. 38. RSS: Online News Feeds
  25. 39. Almost Everything Has a Feed (RSS) <ul><li>Blogs & wikis –notified of changes or new posts </li></ul><ul><li>PubMed, Scopus, WoS, etc. –search updates </li></ul><ul><li>Journals –news, TOCs </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter –follow topics, groups, news </li></ul>
  26. 40. All That Glitters is not Gold <ul><li>No Time </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Already got too much on my plate </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Mine </li></ul><ul><ul><li>My idea, my data, my hard work </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t want to get scooped </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Unfamiliarity </li></ul><ul><li>Publishing and grant restrictions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Data on Internet may be “already published” </li></ul></ul>
  27. 41. Have It Your Way <ul><li>Assess your wants and needs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Example: subscribe to Twitter to monitor specific topic news and information </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Try one thing at a time </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t try to blog, tweet, and a wiki all at once in the beginning </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Let things build off each other </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Example: RSS feeds can lead to tagging </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Give things some time to find your legs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Email was once a new technology. </li></ul></ul>
  28. 42. Questions?