Jun 302011

Today and tomorrow I am at the FIFTH BLOOMSBURY CONFERENCE ON E-PUBLISHING AND E-PUBLICATIONS, SOCIAL MEDIA AND THE ACADEMY: Enhancing and enabling scholarly communication. I’ll be liveblogging but the usual health warnings apply: expect typos etc.

Welcome to UCL and to the Conference from Claire Warwick (UCL) and from Anthony Watkinson (UCL)

Claire Warwick, who is interim Head of the Department of Information Studies and director of the UCL Centre for Digital Humanities, opened with a quick welcome from University College London then handed over to Anthony Watkinson, organiser of this series and the chair of this conference, to outline the day and to flag up some changes to the programme: some folks with bad back, one at a funeral, one with a baby.

Framing the Discussion – Different Perspectives
Description of Session from organisers: Scholarly communication does not exist in a vacuum. David Nicholas (the director of CIBER) will explain how CIBER research provides a context for online behaviour, Chris Batt (researcher and former chief executive of MLA) will place scholars in their public environment, Chris Armbruster (Max Planck) will suggest ways in which the changes of the infrastructure of science is impacting on scholarly communication and Dave De Roure (OERC Oxford) will talk on the co-evolution of digital technologies and research methods in and between multiple disciplines.

Virtual Scholar, beyond books and journals, resources/data and this one on Social Media and the Academy. The theme has been scholarly communication. You could see these scholars communicating with the general public but we’re not really thinking about that in this case. Scholarly communication can be curiously unresponsive to changes but things are changing so we’re hoping to work that out over the course of this events.

UCL run various courses on epublishing and digital humanities which ties into our interest in today: we are looking at the communications between Information professionals and scholars. And we are looking at what publishers call the “formal” part of scholarly communications and the informal side of things. In the academic world the distinction isn’t really there but publishers think of themselves as providing the formal side of scholarly communications.

This is also the culmination of a 2 week summer school on epublishing.

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Jun 232011

Today I will be liveblogging the ALPSP (Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers) Making Sense of Social Media Seminar which is taking place at the British Institute of Radiology in London (where it’s crazily sunny today in stark contrast to Edinburgh yesterday).

Our chair for today is Katie Sayers, SAGE Publications, and the overarching heading for the day is:

“I have a Facebook group for Twitter users that Tweet about podcasters that talk to marketing bloggers”

The programme is looking very much at strategy and more sophisticated ways to weave social media into content and other marketing activities. I’ll be adding my notes to each session as it takes place. The hashtag for today is #ALPSP.

Introduction from Chair – Katie Sayers, SAGE Publications

Katie is welcoming us to the day:

There are lots of speakers from a variety of different publishers. The intent is to take you through various social media strategies, how they have been executed and we will be finishing with talks on metrics. We have 10 minutes for questions towards the end of the day and I would encourage you to be as transparent as possible and make the best use of this session. Continue reading »

Jun 212011

For various projects lately I’ve been using Yahoo! Pipes to automatically create aggregations of multiple RSS Feeds to that can then be reused somewhere else like a Facebook Page’s Notes section (where you can only add one RSS feed) or a sidebar on a blog (e.g. the project updates shown on the GECO blog).

I know that some of you will be dab hands with Yahoo! Pipes but it can be a bit scary to get started with so I thought I’d share my “How To…” guide for building aggregated RSS feeds with Pipes here.

Building a Good Aggregation of Feeds

The first thing to do is identify which feeds you want to combine. This is a matter of deciding what is available and what your audience actually wants to see. Generally an aggregation of blog posts, youtube videos and similar content (that is posted infrequently and stays relevant for a while) will work well. Twitter tends to be updated frequently and dominate a feed so Twitter generally works better as a separate channel (unless you are using it sparingly for key announcements or update your other channels frequently).

Once you have identified your feeds…

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