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Social Media for Reseachers #sotondiglit


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Quick fire presentation presented at the Digital Literacies conference at the University of Southampton, 14th June 2012. Idea for a workshop to be held on the 4th July.

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Social Media for Reseachers #sotondiglit

  1. 1. NOTES:Given as part of the Digital Literacies conference at the University of Southampton,14th June 2012.Event details here: presentation outlines themes that I would like to explore as part of a workshopon the 4th July 2012.The idea of the workshop is to spend an afternoon recording interviews withresearchers about their uses of social media, and to brainstorm a variety of themes,creating resources on a wiki for use throughout (and outside of) the University.Open to all interested parties. Workshop details, and free tickets, here: 1
  2. 2. First theme for consideration: the definition of social media.Its more than just using twitter and having a blog.Considering things like reach, decentralised nature, immediacy, permanence, etc. 2
  3. 3. Second theme: exploring private and public spaces. i.e. Institutional level socialmedia, personal social media, worldwide social media.Considering also differing options for disclosure. 3
  4. 4. Theme 3: Personal brand managementLittle joke here: Ji Lee’s Google Me business cards.But also brand management for your research project, your department, yourdiscipline, your institution, etc. 4
  5. 5. Theme 4: The wheel of researchKnowledge identification, creation, affirmation, dissemination.Social media can contribute at ALL points of the lifecycle of research.Its not just restricted to dissemination. 5
  6. 6. Theme 5: Management of research.Using social bookmarking, citation, project management, etc. 6
  7. 7. Theme 6: Conversations!Specialised support networks. Corridor/coffee break conversations. Managingdifferent groups. Bringing past and present contacts/networks together. Maintainingconnections, re-connecting.Crowdsourcing. 7
  8. 8. Theme 7: Reusing research.Storage, archiving, sharing.How to recycle data, and resource discovery.Publishing negative data that someone else might use. 8
  9. 9. Theme 8: Making connections between unanticipated things. 9
  10. 10. Theme 9: New forms of publishing.Being involved in all forms of publishing. Including quick dissemination such, micro-blogging, blogging, aggregating, curating.Also publishing negative data for use by someone else. E.g. Figshare giving DOI to alldata. 10
  11. 11. Issues to consider:IP and copyright. 11
  12. 12. Consideration:Social media can contribute to filtering information and managing time, rather thanbeing the thing that causes these problems. 12
  13. 13. The workshop on the 4th July, ‘Managing your online social media profile as aresearcher’, is advertised on the Digital Literacies website, and I will add moreinformation about it on my own blog( over the next couple of weeks.Please do join the event if you can come along. 13