Digital Literacy Workshop
June 26, 2012
by Lisa Harris
This workshop aims to provide an introduction to social media as an essential part of every researcher’s toolkit.
With the increasing adoption of social media by university staff and students within an academic context, there is also an increasing need for advice on how to manage our online identities. If you’ve been thinking about using social media as part of your research practice, or would like to use the web to participate in networks of researchers in your area of expertise, this is the workshop for you! This workshop is aimed at researchers who already use social media and would like to see how to join up all of those different platforms into one extended research profile.
There are many social tools and platforms for planning and sharing data, aimed at researchers and students. This workshop will talk about those different possibilities for using social media as a researcher. We will begin with an overview of the current situation in universities, then spend some time looking at different tools and platforms, discussing different combinations to adopt, and providing honest frank advice about the importance of informed management of our online selves. Participants in this workshop will also be contributing to a project to produce a mini-website which will provide advice for researchers within our university who are using social media as part of their practice.
Nicole Beale is a PhD candidate in the Web Science DTC. Her research focuses on changing professional practices in the cultural heritage sector. She is examining trends such as semantic web technologies, microblogging, cloud-computing, crowd-sourcing, augmented reality to create improved dialogues between users and their (and others’) heritage.