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Research 2.0 - research in an open world

Talk by Patrick McAndrew at Researcher 2.0 workshop, 10th January 09

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Gráinne Conole
10 February 2009


Open world - experiments, asking users, many users, what does it mean? There are so many potential users of our resources.

How do we research and understand what our users are doing?

Traditional methods for research are no longer adequate for this distributed, connected world.

Researching people, networking, sharing ideas, getting input.

How can we reach people, how can we change the way we work, how can we network with people and share ideas with fellow researchers in new ways? There are now so many options for how we can communicate.

For example recent use of twitter in workshops exploring requests for help  - #jiscbids

Use of video in more innovative ways. How can we capture experience and utilise these in more meaningful ways. 


What are the big questions, what does Reseacher 2.0 mean?

Why researcher 2.0? Term has a notion of a new and better version of how we work, still doing researcher but doing it in a new and improved way and better use of tools.

Has been some good writing recently about this concept and how people have changed in how they do things as a result of new use of technologies.

Or is it more of a continuum rather than a step change? Different views in the room, shift from individual researchers to more collaborative activities - ways in which knowledge might be changing as a result of collaborative activiites





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Doug Clow
10:16am 10 February 2009

A key skill for being Researcher 2.0 is to be able to juggle the technology and still think, not get distracted by all the technology.  I think we're running away with the technology at the moment - more than one channel can help a discussion, but too many inhibits concentration and forces you in to hit-and-run surface thinking.  If you can do anything at all.

Ann Jones
10:23am 10 February 2009

Yes agree,- moments ago I was indeed wondering how I might juggle using eluminate, cloudworks and twitter - and still be thinking about what I wwas doing/thinking....and that's without getting into logging in loops (or constantly forgetting your password)...

Gill Clough
10:25am 10 February 2009

If Web 2.0 enables people to collaborate in the creation and sharing of knowledge in new ways, then Researcher 2.0 needs to participate in and learn from these forms of collaboration in order to further our understanding of what we can achieve with these new technologies.



Patrick McAndrew
10:35am 10 February 2009

Technology certainly seems to get in the way sometimes - but also gives alternatve channels when things glitch. Or the weather gets in the way.

Gráinne Conole
11:15am 10 February 2009

I think there is a real issue Kim about where researchers are in their professional career - one could argue an established reseacher can afford to be more experimental in their approaches to publishing whereas a new researcher might need to be more cautious and stick to more traditional metrics.

Gill Kirkup
12:00pm 10 February 2009

HI Kim,

I amconfused too about the number areas for comment. No one is really commenting in Elluminate I see, and most comments seem to be here- but that doea mean moving betweeen different screens all the time and also Cloudworks isn't refreshing itself in my screen - so I miss messages when they come and get them later.

I am also interested too in how Web 2 supports all those bits before publication.


Gráinne Conole
12:05pm 10 February 2009

Hi Kim, Gill


How and where people comment where there are mutliple channels to communicate is a real issue. Some people are following these discussions on twitter, some via the comments in here. But the channels are distributed - there is no difinitive source, i think this is true of web 2.0 discourses generally, its about each of us choosing the mix of communication we are comfortable with, and recognising we wont neccessarily follow all of the discusions on a particular topic. Aggregation tools can help but there are still a plethora of them!

Agnes Kukulska-Hulme
1:52pm 10 February 2009

Please can someone summarize the main ideas that have come up during the day and what was said about them. Otherwise I don't think we're going to get enough value out of the day.

Gráinne Conole
2:13pm 10 February 2009

Hi yes good point Agnes. One thing we have talked about is how we might use Compendium or Cohere to synthesis the key themes which have emerged during the day.

James Aczel
2:34pm 10 February 2009

It's entirely right, given who we are, that we're exploring the available technologies. OTOH, we know not just about technology but also about education, and in particular about split-attention effects and about why some kinds of models have not worked so well in the past.

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