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Social Media in Research

Social Media in Research is a one day event taking a practical look at social media, new technologies and digital tools used by researchers, in research settings, across the whole research lifecycle. It will help researchers learn new skills, strengthen their academic profile, prepare for transition into a new area of work, broaden awareness regarding online identity and reputation management and share good practice in digital literacy.

Helping current users and non-users alike (that’s everyone from technophobes to those who’d like to learn new skills) and organised through a range of themes identified below, attend if you want to know more about:

  • Specific digital technologies and social media tools as they are being used in the research lifecycle
  • New ways of using digital media tools to build, support and promote for your research profile
  • How social media is used in different research contexts as well as important online ethics, identity and reputation management concerns
  • How to use digital media to communicate and disseminate research and maximise benefits from conference/event attendance
  • How digital tools can enable collaborative research opportunities and be used to mobilise stakeholders in the research process
  • How digital skills and social media for public, industry, funder government engagement and knowledge transfer
  • How researchers and academics use digital and social media tools across different research fields
  • Top tips for effective tool use and the pitfalls to avoid

Hear from speakers who will apply a research lens to social media use, from research leaders and digitally experienced practitioners including Professor Todd Landman, Hervé Morvan, Philip Moriarty and Pat Thomson, as well as non-expert users who have recently dipped their toe in the water and agreed to share their experience.

A range of demonstrations (10 minute shorts) will also offer researcher insights on everything from scholarly microblogging to using Profile Building tools.

Social media, what is it good for (when used as part of your work)?

Twitter_communicationThe POET (Public Outreach Engagement Tool) project is currently running a second round of interviews to map out how academics at the University of Nottingham are using social media in the context of public engagement, especially in regards to the Impact and Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) agendas. We previously conducted one round of interviews with science researchers, and have held a workshop to think about what the output of this tool could look like. Our project is still at the stage where we are collecting information about how social media is used by academics as part of their working day – to what extent it is used, the feelings associated with using it, whether their motivations for using it are work related, and whether this tool would be useful for any current public engagement work.

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It’s not personal, it’s strictly business: The use of Twitter in academia

Twitter_-_What_are_you_doing-This week we have a guest post by Penny Polson, who has been a Research Assistant on the POET tool for the past three months. Penny has been building on the qualitative analysis skills she attained in her dissertation project (regarding attitudes regarding fish pain) to investigate the experiences of academics who use social media. In this blog, she focuses on the important distinction made between ‘personal’ and ‘professional’ use of Twitter accounts, and how those terms become blurred once public engagement and specifically Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) are considered.

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