Towards a Social Science of Web 2.0 (IV): Research 2.0

Greg Hale
Pumping up the fun on Web 2.0: Can psychology give a helping hand?

“They” will use user generated content
What is user generated content — and who are “they”

Problem on doing research on films: everyone’s an expert on films.

Work with schemas, structure and cognitive structures.

Schema cluster: structural, behavioral, entities, actions.

Schema as a psychological regularity. Familiar schemas help people share experiences, identify patterns and situations, and thus congregate around user generated content.

Ismael Peña-López
The personal research portal: web 2.0 driven individual commitment with research diffusion

There is unchallenged evidence that both researchers and research interests in developing countries are underrepresented in mainstream academic publishing systems. Reasons are many but publishing costs, research infrastructure financing and the vicious circle of researcher invisibility are among the most mentioned. Efforts have been made to mitigate this situation, being open access to scholarly literature – open access journals, self-archiving in institutional repositories – an increasingly common and successful approach.

It is our opinion that focus has been put on institutional initiatives, but the concept and tools around the web 2.0 seem to bring clear opportunities so that researchers, acting as individuals, can also contribute, to build a broader personal presence on the Internet and a better diffusion for their work, interests and publications.

By using a mesh of social software applications, we here propose the concept of the Personal Research Portal as a means to create a digital identity for the researcher – tied to his digital public notebook and personal repository – and a virtual network of colleagues working in the same field. Complementary to formal publishing or taking part in congresses, the Personal Research Portal would be a knowledge management system that would enhance reading, storing and creating at both the private and public levels, helping to bridge the academic digital divide.

Elisabetta Cigognini, Jose Mangione, Chiara Pettenati
Favouring a critical, creative and ethical use of the network resources through Web 2.0 applications

How can Web 2.0 strategies provide significant support towards a better personal knowledge management?

Context: connectivism (is not the content, is the pipe that matters), lifelong learning, web 2.0, empowerment through “individual” knowledge.

Why Personal Knowledge Management (PKM)?

  • Knowledge is a key asset
  • PKM is focused on helping an individual to better learn/know/work
  • The overall goal is to enable individuals to operate better in social networks

PMK Skills

  • Create
  • Organize
  • Share

Higher order abilities basic for a personal growth oriented to a lifelong-knowing approach: criticism, ethics, creativity

To find what we need we rely on taxonomies […], computer-assisted ways of localing what’s relevant [and] recommendations made by people we trust, David Weinberger

Ethic-quette: adoption of a code that govern the expectations of social behaviour within the network society.

Creativity is a mental attitude which needs to be nurtured: Serendipity 2.0.

Teemu Arina: Serendipity 2.0: missing third places of learning.

  • Serendipic learning
  • homo contextus
  • parasitic learning.

Awareness 2.0: traces so an individual can place himself in the knowledge pipe.


Towards a Social Science of Web 2.0 related posts (2007)

If you need to cite this article in a formal way (i.e. for bibliographical purposes) I dare suggest:

Peña-López, I. (2007) “Towards a Social Science of Web 2.0 (IV): Research 2.0” In ICTlogy, #48, September 2007. Barcelona: ICTlogy.
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