Digital Researcher 2011 of #dr11 was an event organised by Vitae showing PhD students how engaging with social media can assist their research. Although I didn’t attend this event, I got a lot out of by following it on Twitter, downloading the slides from the Vitae website and listening to the live-stream.
For the live-streaming of this event they used iPadio a great service that will live broadcast from a mobile phone. It did go down a couple of times during the day, however the revisitable versions seem to be fine. The audios are also embeddable, here is the example of the plenary session fro #dr11
Anyway, aside from the tech the sessions I managed to listen to were interesting. My Leicester colleague Dr Alan Cann presented a session called Who owns knowledge?. During this session he talked about Copyleft, “the practice of using copyright law to offer the right to distribute copies and modified versions of a work, requiring that the same rights be preserved in modified versions of the work”.
I particularly liked the examples he gave of how certain presenters explicitly say at beginning of presentations slides what can be done with the content. These two examples by Brain Kelly and Cameron Naylor give audience members the permission to record, take photos, use the content and amplify (on twitter), as long as the Creative Commons assigned are adhered to.
This is a practice that I may start myself.
Another thing liked from the day, was this 10 Commandments of Social Media which were highlighted in a session on Blogging by Nora Daly, Digital Curator, British Library. They are:
- Thou Shalt Not Be a Narcissist
- Thou Shalt Listen to What Others Are Saying
- Thou Shalt Not Spam
- Thou Shalt Say Something of Substance
- Thou Shalt Not Abuse Thy Neighbour
- Thou Shalt Give Credit Where Credit is Due
- Thou Shalt Learn How to Spell (or at least use a spell checker)
- Thou Shalt Use Real Words
- Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness
- Thou Shalt Not Be a Friend Wh*re
Finally I’d like to thank Vitae for being so open with the content and resources of this event, as I know form the twitter stream there were hundreds of people who didn’t attend the event who got a huge amount from it.