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Social media technologies for research dialogues

Theme: Social Software
Funding Agency: VITAE
Period: 2011-2012

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Social media such as wikis, blogs, social bookmarking tools, social networking websites (e.g. Facebook), or photo- and video-sharing websites (e.g. Flickr, YouTube) facilitate gathering and sharing of information and resources and enable collaboration. Although many researchers interact with these tools and discuss their experiences on the Web, or with their peers, or in networking events, the material that is out there does not constitute an organised and convenient set of resources for researchers and supervisors to learn about the opportunities and challenges of using social media tools in their research discourse. In this VITAE-funded project, our aim is to develop a handbook which will provide a single resource for early career researchers and their supervisors who are looking for best practice guidance in using social media in research dialogues. The handbook will present an innovative suite of resources that will guide the researchers to develop and maintain a social media strategy to support research dialogues.