Information Studies



SOCIAL MEDIA AND THE ACADEMY: Enhancing and enabling scholarly communication

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The aim of this series of conferences is to examine scholarly communication and discourse in an environment of digital transition with an emphasis on research findings and practical experience of scholars and on the role of information professionals as facilitators. Previous events have examined how scholars work online (The Virtual Scholar), whether publications are reflecting or will reflect scholarly practice in communication (Beyond Books and Journals) and last year the growing importance of digital data to scholars and the scholarship (Valued Resources).
 This year's conference looks at how scholars use social media in the research process. Social media is a concept with uncertain bounds. For this event the keyword is collaboration. It is recognised that scholars do not work in isolation from general online behaviour, from the public space and from the infrastructure of scholarship. It is also clear that traditional barriers between formal and informal scholarly communication are now porous. There will be presentations on the use of specific tools and general movements such as e-science but recent work with focus groups following up the CIBER Charleston Observatory (November 2010) - see http://www.ucl.ac.uk/infostudies/research/ciber/social-media-report.pdf - has indicated the extent to which individual scholars and groups are finding their own ways of working. Disciplinary differences are important.

Each session will end with time for questions to be asked and for the audience to interact. All speakers listed are confirmed.


Registration and refreshments (on both days) - Roberts Building, room 110
The conference itself - Roberts Building, Room G08, The Sir David Davies Lecture Theatre
Evening reception - Roberts Building, room 110

Please click here for a map link to the Roberts Building


09-00 Registration and Refreshments

09-45 to 10- 00 Welcome to UCL and to the Conference from Claire Warwick (UCL) and from Anthony Watkinson (UCL)
Claire Warwick, who is interim Head of the Department of Information Studies and director of the UCL Centre for Digital Humanities, will welcome speakers and participants to University College London. Anthony Watkinson, who is the organiser of this series and the chair of this conference, will explain the rationale for this conference and outline the way in which the conference has been organised.

10-00 to 12-30 Framing the Discussion – Different Perspectives
Scholarly communication does not exist in a vacuum. David Nicholas (the director of CIBER) will explain how CIBER research provides a context for online behaviour, Chris Batt (researcher and former chief executive of MLA) will place scholars in their public environment, Chris Armbruster (Max Planck) will suggest ways in which the changes of the infrastructure of science is impacting on scholarly communication and Dave De Roure (OERC Oxford) will talk on the co-evolution of digital technologies and research methods in and between multiple disciplines.

12-30 to 13-30 Lunch

13-30 to 15-30 Research Findings Displayed
Three academic researchers, Ian Rowlands (UCL), Carol Tenopir (UTK) and Carolyn Hank (McGill) will set out the results of their own and related research to demonstrate what we actually know about the way scholars work with social media

15-30 to 16-00 Break for Refreshments

16-00 to 18-00 How are intermediaries involved?
Intermediaries in this sense are information professionals who facilitate scholarly communication. There are speakers from the library world (Anne Welsh UCL), from publishing (Jo Stichbury NPG) and Damian Pattinson (PLOS) and from archives (Alexandra Eveleigh UCL)

18-00 to 19-30 Reception
All speakers on both days and those attending the conference are invited to a reception at University College London for further discussion of the themes of the conference


09-00 Registration and Refreshments (late or second day registrations)

9-30 to 11-30 Adopting and Adapting Tools
Research has shown that scholars often adapt existing social media tools. The speakers in this session Jason Hoyt (Mendeley), Robert Simpson (Galaxy Zoo) and Daniel Mietchen (Jena) will describe what tools are provided and what tools are used seriously, including crowdsourcing and wikis.

11-30 to 12-00 Break for Refreshments

12-00 to 12-45 Scholars at work (1)
The central sessions of the day bring together scholars from different disciplines who explain how they use social media in the research process. In this first session Claire Ross (UCL) will give a humanities perspective.

12-45 to 13-45 Lunch

13-45 to 15-30 Scholars at work (2)
In this second session under the same general heading Tom Coates (Imperial), Alex Murphy (Edinburgh) and Alun Salt (Leicester) will explain their ways of working and provide a perspective from mathematics, the physical sciences and the life sciences.

15-30 to 16-00 Break for Refreshments

16-00 to 18-00 Future hopes and visions.
The concluding session of the conference will end with predictions of how social media will/might change the nature of scholarly communication. What will be lost and what will be gained? The list of speakers will begin with Cameron Neylon (STFC) and Geoffrey Bilder (Crossref).

For Conference fee details, pre-registration enquiries and further information please email: infostudies-conferences@ucl.ac.uk or see the downloadable registration form.

There are special rates for scholars and librarians.
Staff at companies who are in membership of the International Association of STM publishers and the (UK) Publishers Association will receive a discount.

Presentations from last year's Fourth Bloomsbury Conference - Valued Resources: Roles and Responsibilities of Digital Curators and Publishers (full details here) can be seen at River Valley TV.