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Open Practices and Social Media for the Connected Researcher


Brian Kelly gave a 30 minute talk on Open Practices and Social Media for the Connected Researcher in a seminar which took place at the University of Salford during Open Access week.

The talk was given in a session running from 14.00-15.30 on Thursday 25th October 2012. The talk has been featured in a news item on the University of Salford Web site.


The potential benefits of open access to research papers are well-understood. However social media provides opportunities for 'connected researchers' to both engage more effectively with their peers and raise the visibility of their research outputs which can help in enhancing citations of their papers and implementation of the ideas.

In this talk Brian Kelly will describe how he has used social media communication tools such as his UK Web Focus blog, his Twitter account and his Facebook profile, social media sharing tools such as Slideshare and research profiling services such as LinkedIn and to develop successful research collaborations (which resulted in one encounter on Twitter leading to an award-winning paper!) and his papers being the most-downloaded from the University of Bath repository.


Open Practices and Social Media for the Connected Researcher
[MS PowerPoint format]


Biographical Details

Image of Brian Kelly Brian Kelly works for the JISC-funded Innovation Support Centre at UKOLN, a centre of expertise which advises on digital infrastructure, information policy and data management based at the University of Bath. In his role as UK Web Focus he advises the UK's higher and further education communities on best practices for innovative use of the Web.

Brian has given many presentations on Web 2.0 and the Social Web. In recent years Brian has been an invited plenary speaker at international conferences held in Trondheim, Stockholm, Taiwan, Singapore and Melbourne. Brian is also a passionate user of a variety of Social Web tools, including his UK Web Focus blog which was runner-up in the Computer Weekly's IT Professional Blog of the Year Award in 2012.

Brian's areas of interest include ways in which Web 2.0 and the Social Web can be used to support professional, scholarly and research activities, Web standards, Web accessibility and Web metrics.

Brian has written about 50 peer-reviewed papers, invited papers and articles including a recent paper on Can LinkedIn and Enhance Access to Open Repositories? which suggested that use of social media services such as LinkedIn may be responsible for Brian having the largest number of downloads from the University of Bath institutional repository.