Social Media for the Social Sciences

A little later today, I will be speaking at the ALISS Web 2.0 in practice workshop at the University of Bristol.

I’ll be looking at how Social Media sites such as blogs, Delicious, SlideShare, podcasts, YouTube and Twitter are being being used by Social Scientists, information professionals and Intute.

The slides are available via SlideShare, should be embedded below and form part of a blog supporting the event – while the links mentioned in the talk are available via Delicious.

Some questions worth considering:

Blogs – are blogs set to replace the academic conference in terms of providing access to an “invisible college” of smart people to bounce ideas off of? Can you learn as much from blog comments¬† – say the commenters at Crooked Timber – as you can from blogs posts?

Try this selection of Our Favourite Social Science Blogs from last year.

Delicious – do you send and receive links via email? Could you benefit from establishing a network on Delicious and taking advantage of what everyone else is finding online?

Try the Economics Network or ESCalate pages on Delicious to see how HEA Subject Centres are using it.

SlideShare – how useful are slides in isolation? Are audio tracks or SlideCasts more useful? And do you trust SlideShare after their April Fool’s prank? After all – other services are available.

SlideShare has more presentations from and about Intute.

Podcasts – is audio a viable medium for transferring knowledge or have people moved on to video? Are “heroes of dissemination” those who can talk about their work in arenas such as VOX Talks and elsewhere?

Explore our archive of podcasts and audio related articles from this blog.

YouTube – online videos from educational sources are all the rage with the appearance of YouTube EDU and Academic Earth – but is an hour long lecture the best way of teaching people or using the video format?

Try our selection of educational YouTube content for the Social Sciences.

Twitter – all the world is a-quiver with Twitter at the moment – but what educational potential does it have and is it being used by students or others beyond the IT crowd?

Try our write-up of our experiences using Twitter or sample Intute: Economics on Twitter.

… all of this and possibly more in just 60 minutes – hopefully!

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