At Networked Researcher: Peer Interview with Sarah-Louise Quinnell

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At Networked Researcher, the latest Peer Interview is with Sarah-Louise Quinnell. We discuss blogging, social media, researcher development, career opportunities and higher education….

Visualising #digitrans

Screenshot of a fragment of a #digitrans TAGSExplorer visualisation
Screenshot of a fragment of a #digitrans TAGSExplorer visualisation, 20/11/2012 1:07 PM GMT

Yesterday I attended the Digital Transformations Moot organised by the Arts and Humanities Research Council in London. My colleague Sarah Quinnell and I participated in the ‘Yack Space’ with a ten-minute flash presentation on our Networked Researcher project. You can view our slides here.

This morning I used Martin Hawksey‘s TAGSExplorer to create a visualisation of a Google spreadsheet archive of the #digitrans tweets. You can view it here.

By tweaking the visualisation’s URL you can also see the nodes connected by @ mentions and @ replies, here.

And if you want to push your browser to the limit and see web entanglement in full effect, the archive can also visualise RTs (here).

Note that the visualisation is in fact an interactive, searchable arhive. You can click on nodes to find out more and also search by keyword.

The Google spreadsheet archive was created once the event had finished (this morning around 9:00am GMT) and it updates itself every fifteen minutes. Nevertheless since the RL event officially concluded last night we can argue most of the event’s backchannel tweets have been collected. At the time of writing this post the archive had collected 1517 unique tweets:

#digitrans archive summary with top 20 tweeters
 #digitrans archive summary with top 20 tweeters. Screen shot taken 20/11/2012 12:48 PM GMT.

As expected most of the tweets were posted during the day of the event (19 November 2012), with some activity some days before and the day after:

#digitrans tweet volume over time graph
 #digitrans tweet volume over time. Screenshot taken 20/11/2012 12:54  PM GMT.

The top tweeters were divided between the organisers, speakers and attendants:

#digitrans top tweeters percentages pie chart
#digitrans top tweeters percentages. Screenshot taken 12:53 PM GMT.

I have found Martin Hawksey’s tool very useful to collect, archive, visualise and analyse Twitter activity, particularly academic conference backchannels. It offers a way of revealing the intrinsically networked and social (as in, involving human interaction) nature of a Twitter’s stream data.

As a form of data mining and distant reading, visualising archives of Twitter backchannels (and therefore networks) can be a useful way of demonstrating an event’s public impact and of discovering key participants, topics, sentiment and links.

At the AHRC’s Digital Transformations Moot

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Sarah-Louise Quinnell and I will be presenting Networked Researcher at the AHRC’s Digital Transformations Moot, taking place Monday 19 November 2012 in The Mermaid Centre London. We will be participating in the ‘Yack Space’ talking about Networked Researcher for ten minutes from 12:30PM.

Networked Researcher Open Access Week 2012 Blogging Unconference Proceedings PDF

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I anthologised the proceedings of our Open Access Week 2012 Blogging Unconference.

You can download the PDF (it’s free) from the following link:

Networked Researcher Open Access Week 2012 Blogging Unconference Proceedings (PDF anthologised by Ernesto Priego; Networked Researcher 2012) [PDF]

It contains contributions by

  • Kathleen Azali
  • Lori Beth De Hertogh
  • Silvia Gutierrez
  • Giorgio Guzzetta
  • Stian Haklev
  • Tim Johnson
  • Dyfrig Jones
  • Brian Kelly
  • Joseph Kraus
  • Amanda Starling Gould and
  • Niamh Thornton

With many thanks to everyone who contributed, commented and shared online.

Please share, cite, link.

CFP: #OA Week 2012 Networked Researcher Blogging Unconference

Open Access Week 2012 Networked Researcher Blogging Unconference

I have just posted the call for posts for our Open Access Week 2012 Networked Researcher Blogging Unconference.

We are inviting Networked Researcher contributors to participate with blog posts to be published during Open Access Week, October 22-28 2012.

To find out more please follow the link:

We will also be using the hashtag #NetResOA to promote the posts and any discussion on Twitter.

I have also posted this call as an event on the Open Access Week site.