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Socially Optimized Research

A method for structuring search and research around people and around a diversity of new media sources.
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Gideon Burton

on 15 November 2016

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Transcript of Socially Optimized Research

Diversifying your
(re)search strategy
Typical search strategy:
I need to research ____________________
I type search terms into Google or Wikipedia
I page through search results or Wikipedia articles
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"maker culture" OR DIY
the maker movement
What's wrong with
this picture?
Print-Based Assumptions
used in a non-print medium:
Search is text-based
Research is solitary (not social)
Authoritative print-based knowledge is primarily textual, expository, mute, sequential, scholarly...
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Tell
a few minutes later...
PLN:
Personal
Learning
Network
RSS feed reader
find social media groups
(Facebook pages, Google+ circles, Twitter lists)
social bookmark groups
specialty social networks
Search
blogs and blog networks
podcasts
events media
apps
live media searches
images
videos
open educational resources
(OER)
Search
teaching media
scholarship
reference works
books
dr. gideon burton
brigham young university
not so optimized...
CURATE
narrate and document your search
set up search tools
research blog
wiki
your research
Academia.edu
Mendeley
NEW MEDIA
SOCIAL NETWORKS
PEOPLE !
TRADITIONAL
SCHOLARSHIP
&
Seek "social proof"
Socially
Optimized
Research
Structuring inquiry
around people, not topics
stop
the
Google
gamble!
"refactor"
How will I keep track of my research?
How can I organize what I find?
Keeping the Ends in Mind
Typical development strategy:
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I (re)search my topic alone
I write my topic alone
The audience for my work is "academic"
for students:
limited peer review
audience of one
for professionals:
limited peer review before submission
limited and delayed audience
Typical search strategy:
I need to research ____________________
I type search terms into a library catalog or scholarly database
I page through too many search results
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"maker culture" OR DIY
the maker movement
Where are the
people
?
When and how do you
connect
with them?
Why only text, not
other media
?
If it isn't worth sharing it isn't worth doing
Make connecting a goal
If it is worth sharing it is worth sharing
in multiple states or stages
it is project fuel!
for PROCESS and for PRODUCT
Who cares (about my learning)?
Who cares (about my topic)?
more people than you realize
Join the "gift economy"
reciprocal learning
build it as you consult it
How do I find people who care?
events
librarians
I spoke to Meg Ferguson at the science reference desk
friendly!
helpful!
quick!
PLN:
Professional
Learning
Network
build it as you consult it
Research Log
People consulted
ideas from interaction
keywords for search
Wiki
large or complex projects need better curating tools
Google Sites
Zoho Wiki
DokuWiki
build a personal knowledge base
digital notes can be messy
they can be searched
Alerts
Social Bookmarking
Research Blog
organize and
share
interim
knowledge
book
people consulted
research trail
visual media
links
curated list
expert media
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