So you want to communicate science online

10 Apr

“Online social media tools can be some of the most rewarding and informative resources for scientists—IF you know how to use them.”

Dit is de openingszin van het artikel “An Introduction to Social Media for Scientists”  uit 2013 van Holly M. Bik en Miriam C. Goldstein waarin de auteurs wijzen op de mogelijkheden voor wetenschappers (en volgens mij ook voor leerkrachten!) van online tools en diverse sociale media zoals blogs, Twitter, Storify, enz. 

In the age of the internet, social media tools offer a powerful way for scientists to boost their professional profile and act as a public voice for science. Although the type of online conversations and shared content can vary widely, scientists are increasingly using social media as a way to share journal articles, advertise their thoughts and scientific opinions, post updates from conferences and meetings, and circulate information about professional opportunities and upcoming events.”

“A growing body of evidence suggests that public visibility and constructive conversation on social media networks can be beneficial for scientists, impacting research in a number of key ways.

Hieronder volgt van een lijst van enkele voorbeelden die in het artikel worden vermeld:

  • Online Tools Improve Research Efficiency:
    • “Twitter has helped busy academics keep up with new research developments, prepare teaching materials, and offer guidance for graduate students”
    • “Other researchers use online activities as a way to organize their thoughts and research notes (…) or to foster creativity and hone their writing skills.”
    • “Online communities can be especially useful for niche topics where community members have specific needs or require specialized interactions
    • “Blogs and social media tools offer an ideal medium for extended scientific conversations.”
  • Online Visibility Helps Track and Improve Scientific Metrics: “There is mounting evidence to suggest that an active online presence may directly impact a researcher’s credentials as measured through traditional metrics. One UK researcher observed that tweeting and blogging about her own papers led to spikes in the number of article downloads, even for older literature that had been available for years without much previous attention.”
  • Social Media Enhances Professional Networking: “Online discussions can lead to tangible, real-world social interactions. Before ever meeting in person, conversations on Twitter can serve as an icebreaker once two people finally meet in a conference or workshop setting. The online world can also broaden a scientist’s impact in the research world.”
  • Broadening “Broader Impacts”: “Along with forging links between scientists, online interactions have the potential to enhance “broader impacts” by improving communication between scientists and the general public”

Omdat het als wetenschapper niet altijd even makkelijk is om een goeie keuze te maken uit het uitgebreide aanbod van online tools is er een handige flowchart, die op basis van het doel dat je wilt bereiken, helpt om deze keuze  te vergemakkelijken.

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Bron: Bik HM, Goldstein MC (2013) An Introduction to Social Media for Scientists. PLoS Biol 11(4): e1001535. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1001535 (lees het volledige artikel hier)

 

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Eén reactie to “So you want to communicate science online”

  1. Pedro 13 april 2014 bij 7:41 pm #

    Dit is op X, Y of Einstein? herblogden reageerde:
    Vooral een handig stroomschema waarbij het ‘life-sucking yet strangely satisfying’ wel degelijk klopt.

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