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Research on social media and the open web
Many academic researchers or research groups use social media to alert their colleagues to research developments; or share information using scholarly communities on the web. These sites can be a valuable way of keeping up to date. Twitter, blogs, email lists or discussion groups and online scholarly communities are some of the ways in which you can keep up to date.
The London School of Economics' Impact of Social Sciences blog is an example of a group using twitter to alert 'followers' to new blog content and to promote discussion.
The group has also produced a useful introduction for academics entitled Using Twitter in university research, teaching and impact activities: A guide for academics and researchers.
Twitter is a microblogging service that is optimised for mobile devices, and is great for learning about and sharing research. You can:
- Follow key researchers and research groups in your subject area who use Twitter to alert followers to new posts in an academic blog or new articles or breaking news.
- Reply to journalists or scholars in your field and 're-post' links to articles through your own account to pass them on to people who 'follow' you.
- Alert your followers to your research interests and exchange ideas and information.
- Follow conference hashtags to network and keep up to date with conference presentations, speakers and events.
To learn more about how Twitter works checkout Getting Started with Twitter.
Anatomy of a tweet
You can subscribe to blogs that have been created by indiviuals or groups who 'post' items for information or discussion. Research groups, individual researchers, media outlets and professional orgnaisations are some possible 'bloggers'. Readers who subscribe to a blog can post their responses.
Keep up to date with the latest news and research from the CSIRO.
The Conversation blog
Notes from The Conversation.
BioMed Central Blogs
Dedicated to science, technology and medicine.
Harvard Business Review Blog Network
Blog posts and articles on a wide range of business and management topics
Life in the Fast Lane
An entertaining and informative Australasian blog focusing on critical care, emergency medicine and toxicology.
The latest science news and analysis from the world's leading research journals, jobs, information and services.
Forum for informed discussion and lively debate about international law and international relations
The Official PLOS Blog
Official blog of the nonprofit Open Access publisher PLOS.
The Guardian's science blog network hosts talented writers who are experts in their fields, from mathematics, particle physics and astronomy to neuroscience, science policy and psychology. By giving them the freedom to write on whatever subjects they choose – without editorial interference – they broaden and deepen our coverage of scientific research and debate
Young Engineers Australia
Community for student and graduate engineers with latest news from Young Engineers Australia and Engineers Australia.
Networks or communities of scholars
Networks or Communities of Scholars can be broad and global in scale, such as Arxiv or SSRN, or more nationally or locally focused, such as the Centre for Entrepreneurial Management and Innovation (CEMI). These communities can be hosted and operate on web sites, blogs or email (discussion) lists.
Finding an online community of fellow researchers can be a valuable way of hearing about developments in your subject area and exchanging ideas. You can usually subscribe to these communities using RSS and many use Twitter to alert followers to new posts or articles.
Can be indivduals, groups or organisations. Some examples are below... there are over 100 million active twitter accounts.
The education focussed feed for 'The Conversation' - an independent source of news and views, sourced from the academic and research community and delivered direct to the public.
The Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS) promotes and provides advocacy services for the HASS sectors in Australia.
The UWA Centre for the History of Emotions tweet about European history between 1100-1800 and its impact on Australia.
The official feed for TED.com
Official site for The Economist. Follow for article updates, events and news from The Economist. (UWA staff and students have access to full text of The Economist).
@OzMark17 (Mark Pegrum)
UWA Lecturer in e-learning, and researcher & writer on digital technologies in education.
Associate Professor @uwanews. Formerly @unisouthampton @ulsteruni. Research, teach & consult on social media marketing. Top 100 marketing professor on Twitter.
Australian National University law academic
Labour Law Research Network
Research and researcher blogs
Some examples of research blogs in different disciplines...
A blog from The UWA Innovation Quarter (UWA IQ)
A blog by mathematicians at The University of Western Australia. They discuss a mix of mathematical research, expository stuff and topics of general interest to mathematicians.
The Innovator Blog, Centre for Entrepreneurial Management (CEMI)
In depth discussion of topics relating to innovation and enterprise. It aims to draw on research findings undertaken by CEMI that are not readily available through other channels
Bamboo DiRT is a registry of digital research tools for scholarly use. Resources range from content management systems to music OCR, statistical analysis packages to mindmapping software.
Blog for the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences. Includes the wellbeing of the humanities and social sciences research and learning enterprise in Canada.
Online research communities and discussion lists
Below are some examples of online communities or sites for finding the latest information on a topic. Your colleagues may suggest more in your research area.
General commentary from a research and academic perspective.
A professional networking site.
Connect with other academic researchers.
Connect with other academic researchers.
Use multimedia to share your research.
UK education and research lists
Search lists by topic or browse by country
Store references to research papers, create a profile, see what others have saved. Can also be used as a full-featured citation management software