El Portal Personal de Recerca


Peña-López, I. (2006). El Portal Personal de Recerca. Seminar imparted in Castelldefels, November 2nd, 2006 in the research seminar organized by the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute. Barcelona: ICTlogy. Retrieved November 06, 2006 from http://ictlogy.net/presentations/20061102_ismael_pena_personal_research_portal.pdf

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Digital Literacy | Information Society | Open Access | Social Media & Social Software



One of the main problems that junior researchers face is invisibility. This invisibility causes, at least, two major consequences:

  • Minimum awareness and recognition of their findings, fields of work, interests and even existence - hence, difficulty to build one’s scientific network
  • Difficult access to mainstream publishing circuits, in part due to the former point

Enhanced digital exposure should give further information on the following aspects:

  • who am I
  • what do I do / what does interest me
  • what have I done / what do I know
  • where am I

Goals of the PRP

  • Host a repository for personal production, with public aim, with past and present (work in progress) information and documentation, being everything interlinked
  • Gather digital resources, news, general information and materials on the same platform, accessible from each and every computer
  • Self-archive and self-publish research results, as far as the ongoing research, including reflections, doubts, findings – avoiding waits and delays
  • Let know what one knows and that one knows

Theoretical Issues

Digital Identity
  • The live “CV”
  • Internet positioning
  • Content as identity wrapper
  • Content as identity shaper: Synthesis - Abstraction
Read / be informed
  • Subscription to more relevant sources
  • Personal board about current news
Knowledge Management, Open Access, Open Science
  • e-Portfolio
  • Self-Archiving
  • Self-Publishing
  • Open Licensing
  • Readings
  • Notes, Reflections
  • Learning Materials
  • Found Objects
Network Building
  • Presence in relevant places
  • “place in the world”
  • Participation in projects
  • Invitation to evaluate articles and communications
  • Invitation to impart conferences and seminars

Shape/Prototype of a PRP

  • A static web site with personal and professional information, drawing the researcher profile
  • A blog, where to note news, reflections and, actually, most flow knowledge arising from readings, research results and hypotheses
  • A blogroll, understood as both a live reader for the researcher and a live bibliography of bookmarks for the community
  • A wiki, where stock knowledge is stored but allowing it to evolve along time and with the collaboration of third parties
  • A bibliographic manager, with online access to all or most records
  • A personal repository to both self-archive already published papers and self-publish preprints, working papers, presentations, syllabuses, etc.
  • Other devices the like of social bookmarking tools, file stores (image, sound, video), etc.
  • RSS feeds for each and every dynamic page


Bibliography for an article (forthcoming) on a closely related issue

Reconstruction 6.4 (2006) Theories/Practices of Blogging


Presentation given in Castelldefels, March 10th, 2006 in the homonimous seminar organized by the Faculty of Law and Political Science at UOC.
Repeated briefly at the Oxford Internet Institute Summer Doctoral Programme 2007, held at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society.

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