Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Social Media for Researchers

Yesterday, Farida Vis of the Information School gave a presentation at the first Social Media for Researchers: A Sheffield Universities Social Media Symposium (full programme details available here).

The aim of this first symposium was to encourage researchers to maximise the potential of social media, both for their research and for their careers as researchers. A wide range of topics were covered, including
 trends in social media relating to research and researchers, advice on establishing an effective online presence, the use of social media as research data, social media's role in enhancing academic conversations as well as a range of approaches (such as Altmetrics) for dissemination and measuring scholarly output.  

The symposium was organised by the Sheffield Hallam Researcher Development Programme (SHaRD) and The University of Sheffield's Research and Innovation Services (R&IS) and was aimed at research staff and post-graduate students.

Farida's talk was on 'Researching Social Media – Big Data and Social Media Analysis' and was very well received by participants. Slides of this presentation are available here. The symposium used the #shefsocmed Twitter hashtag, which was actively used throughout the day. To access and read up on this Twitter discussion, please click here

Given the success of this first symposium, the organisers are now planning to make this a regular event, which is great news!

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