Increase your research competitiveness using Web 2.0 tools


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In this talk (60th ICREA Colloquium, 11/03/2014) I summarised the benefits which can be gained from use of social media (specially blogs and Twitter) to support research activities. According to some authors there is evidence that using social media can be really beneficial to increase the impact of research papers, get new information, engage with fellow researchers and meet new collaborators, among others utilities. So I provided examples of blogs, Twitter and other resources as tools for scientific communication, as well as discussed their implications for digital scholarship.

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Increase your research competitiveness using Web 2.0 tools

  1. 1. Increase your research competitiveness using Web 2.0 tools 60th ICREA Colloquium 11 March 2014 Xavier Lasauca i Cisa @xavierlasauca
  2. 2. Overview
  3. 3. From the kingdom of the Apes… …to the supremacy of the homo digitalis
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  5. 5. Alternative metrics (Altmetrics)
  6. 6. #Create #Comunicate #Connect Share!
  7. 7. #Create Science Blogging as a New Form of Engaging with Science
  8. 8. Motive A: Visibility Motive B: Networking Motive C: Information increase own impact connect with peers be up to date be found by peers and other stakeholders stay in touch with colleagues be part of a conversation present self/own work be(come) part of a community anticipate trends Source: (Micro)blogging Science? Notes on Potentials and Constraints of New Forms of Scholarly Communication, by Cornelius Puschmann Example motives of science bloggers
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  12. 12. The purpose of keeping the blog is to give me a semi- public place to describe the ongoing process of doing and thinking about my lab’s research. I hope I’ll use it to describe/explain (mainly to myself) the scientific issues I'm thinking about: - what experimentswe’ve done - what the resultswere if they worked (or possible explanations for why they didn’t work) - what experiments I think we might do or should do when time and resources permit.
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  16. 16. Jester Luboš Motl Matt Strassler Matti Pitkanen Peter Woit Philip Gibbs T. Dorigo ZapperZ
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  18. 18. Sure-fire tips for academic bloggers working to improve their craft 1) Remember the Web is a network, not a single-track railway line – and not everyone uses the web in the same way. So once you have a blog post, do everything you can to get the key content out to diverse readerships who want to see it. Post your links to Twitter (several times, at different times of the day) and Facebook. Let people subscribe by RSS or email. 2) Talk to your readers. Encourage people to comment (but only post their comments after moderation) and respond to comments and to Tweets. Talk to people on Twitter and Facebook when they discuss your work. And be reciprocal, open-minded and fair in sharing your content with others and linking to their work – improving the public understanding of social science is a huge collective good for all social scientists. We can all flourish together in the new paradigm for academic work.
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  20. 20. #Comunicate The uses of Twitter for Science
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  22. 22. • Connect • Develop ideas • Disseminate
  23. 23. The role of Twitter in the life cycle of a scientific publication • Start: to generate new ideas • Manuscript: pre-review of works in progress. • Published: communicate research to a broad audience that can amplify the scientific and social impact of publications. • Major funding boards are starting to value the social media impact of the research (nicolasjon)
  24. 24. A researcher’s Twitter profile
  25. 25. Timeline (TL) A B C D
  26. 26. An influencer
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  28. 28. Reason #1: Twitter has very direct, and very relevant implications for those in Public Health
  29. 29. Reason #2: It’s a great way to get information you otherwise wouldn’t Reason #3: At conferences, Twitter is invaluable for stimulating discussion and finding out what is happening in other sessions Reason #4: For lecturers, Twitter can contribute to discussions and deepen understanding Reason #5: The way we translate information is changing
  30. 30. The Importance of Being Hashtag
  31. 31. Example of hashtag (#genomics)
  32. 32. Using hashtags in conferences (#EPSHEP)
  33. 33. Twitter chats
  34. 34. I am a researcher and I am on Twitter… Now what?
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  36. 36. 7 top twitter tips for academics
  37. 37. #Connect • Linkedin • Google + • Facebook • Researchgate • General networks Specific networks
  38. 38. Share! Articles and presentations (Slideshare, issuu) Social bookmarking (Delicious, Diigo) Images (flickr, Instagram) and videos (YouTube) Bibliographic data management (Zotero, Mendeley)
  39. 39. Slideshare
  40. 40. Strategy • Define objectives about online presence (as individual researcher or research group) • Explore the tools and choose the most appropriate • Develop your network • Encourage feedback and discussion
  41. 41. ICREA researcher Blog Twitter Slideshare Personal brand +Visibility +Impact +Reach +Online reputation +Prestige +Influence
  42. 42. To deepen…
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  45. 45. Government 2.0
  46. 46. Secretariat for Universities and Research in social media Secretariat for Universities and Research (Ministry of Economy and Knowledge) @coneixementcat Directorate General for Research @recercat Directorate General for Universities @universitatscat
  47. 47. @recercat on Twitter & Facebook
  48. 48. Portada recercat RECERCAT
  49. 49. Social media: Why? • To disseminate our publications (RECERCAT) • To publish announcements of scholarships and research grants • To disseminate news/updates on the Secretariat institutional website • For press releases • For live broadcast of events • To disseminate events, awards, scholarships, publications and other information related to the agents of Catalan science and technology system
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  52. 52. Xavier Lasauca i Cisa Directorate General for Research Ministry of Economy and Knowledge Generalitat de Catalunya @xavierlasauca