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Network of Scholars, Researchers, etc.

Questions that need to be addressed to shape this direction

  • How to create a safe place that's also open?
  • How to attract and retain users?
  • What concerns might researchers have for participating in social network environment (IP, reputation)?
  • What is the relationship between scholar/their scholarship in a social networking environment?
  • What is it for (in Bamboo context - not an end in itself, but what wider purposes does it serve)? Education & training agenda, knowledge and expertise, etc.
  • How do we manage it so it delivers? (How do we manage it to give the right people access to it/get involved, getting democratic but not too democratic, how does it avoid the extremes of being too selective - peer review - and "an assemblage of rubbish no one wants to read or contribute to")
  • What's the purpose of a higher-level social network? Renaming this as a scholarly network might lower the barriers of participation.
  • What is the problem we're trying to solve?
  • This could also support sustainable tools theme in terms of discovery, vetting, reputation of tools
  • How do we mimic this on our own campuses? How can we build on already existing networks rather than starting from scratch?

Social Networking in Plain English, Commoncraft

Social Bookmarking in Plain English, Commoncraft

RSS in Plain English, Commoncraft

Twitter in Plain English, Commoncraft

What is Web 2.0?

Academia 2.0

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In Scope

Related to Bamboo

This direction closely relates to most of the previously-identified Bamboo themes: discovery, aggregation, engagement, sharing, publishing.

Out of scope

Top priorities to address by W3 (Jan 2009)

  • Learn about how faculty/scholars interact currently - in-discipline, trans-discipline, scholarly societies, mediated/in person, challenges, strengths.
  • Identify ways that existing models for social networking meet/don't meet these needs (gap analysis).
  • Brainstorm project (tool, storyboards, talking points) to demonstrate value/use to faculty.  Use faculty feedback to shape further "demonstrators".


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