Towards Digital Scholarship


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Towards Digital Scholarship

  1. 1. Towards Digital Scholarship Noëlle Cowling Stellenbosch University
  2. 2. What is Digital Scholarship? • “Digital scholarship can encompass both scholarly communication and publication using digital media and research on digital media.” (Abby, 2011). • Social Scholarship is characterized by openness, conversation, collaboration, acce ss, sharing and transparent revision. (Veletsianos & Kimmons, 2011)
  3. 3. Technology has become a major disrupter of the current global HE Model • The rise of the internet and specifically web 2.0 has altered the manner in which academics engage publicly. • It has changed the way in which information and publications are moving differently and beyond the academy.
  4. 4. The Connected Scholar • Academics are increasingly using new technologies in order to participate in wider global networks. • “We are seeing the development of a „personal brand‟ and “academic rock stars” amongst academics as new technologies allow them to establish a new and wider audience.
  5. 5. What does digital scholarship mean for Africa? • Africa‟s current contribution to world science is approx 1.3 percent. (WOS) • Many prominent international journals have an acknowledged bias in favour of English and researchers in the developed world • You therefore face additional challenges to researchers elsewhere • Digital scholarship and Open Access provides researchers in the developing world with a unique opportunity to collaborate and increase the impact and visibility of their research
  6. 6. Africa’s overall trends in scientific output (1980 – 2004)
  7. 7. How can I as a researcher harness the power of web 2.0? • Develop a clear (web based) strategy for yourself and your research: • Step 1: Retool your online profile • Step 2: Share and upload all your research output onto open platforms incl unpublished papers, presentations etc • Step 3: Refine your publication strategy with impact in mind and inc OA (Green & Gold) • Step 4: Disseminate, engage and collaborate
  8. 8. Technologies for Research • In order to build networks effectively you need to have a robust and dynamic online presence. • Be aware of SEO • Key affordances of some technologies are: • Marketing (Academia, LinkedIn, Blogging, Slideshare, Twitter) • Awareness & Dissemination (Academia, Twitter, Slideshare) • Sharing (Slideshare, Google+, Academia, Mendeley, ResearchGate) • Collaborating (Academia, Mendeley, Research Gate, Google Drive) • Impact Assessment (Impact Story, ORCID, Google Scholar,
  9. 9. # 1: Your Profile = Your Brand Social Networking for Scholars • Choose at least one platform to create a current profile • – sharing research papers and networking • ResearchGate – connecting scientists and fostering collaboration • Mendeley – referencing and groups • Google Scholar – Profiling and bibliometrics • LinkedIn – Professional profile and networking
  10. 10. Creating and Maintaining your Online Profile  Basic guidelines for retooling your profile would include: Be aware of your web results  Keep a common identity throughout various platforms  Professionalism  Link your various profiles to one another wherever possible 
  11. 11. #2: Share your research • Use web repositories with good SEO to store your output! • Utilise Open Institutional Repositories for curating your research • You can include unpublished papers and negative data • Upload or link your research to public platforms such as Academia or Research Gate • Share your presentations on Slideshare or Prezzi
  12. 12. #3: Your publication strategy • The SA science system is over focused on publication as the pinnacle of research production. • Choose journals which will showcase your work effectively • Recognise the importance of citations and citation impact (Who is reading your research and what is the uptake of your research?) • Employers and funders place increasing emphasis on citations and impact
  13. 13. Sharing is the key to Research Success • Increasingly international collaboration is the key to increased publication and greater research impact • Open journal platforms AJOL and SCIELO are home to increasingly visible local Open Access Journals
  14. 14. Digital Bibliometrics • Digital Bibliometrics: Using social media to measure scholarly impact • You can measure your research impact using web tools such as: • Google Scholar • ImpactStory • • Sign up for an ORCID ID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID - a unique permanent identifier for each researcher, even if your name changes)
  15. 15. #4: Dissemination for increased Research Impact • We‟re shifting away from a world where the journal industry sits between the academic and the audience. We‟re now moving to a world that‟s more reflective of social media, where the academic is becoming the key node of distribution of research.” ( -edu-profiles/)
  16. 16. Spread the good news… • Use social networking to announce the publication of new papers • Upload your papers • Twitter is effectively utilised by thousands of academics for this purpose • Engage with those who comment on your research
  17. 17. Parting Thoughts… • Your web presence is an exercise in consistency • The power of social networking lies in economies of scale • Participating: Social networking is a gift economy • Keep working away it!