On Monday Katy Jordan from IET gave a talk on Academic Social Networking Sites (SNS) as part of Open Access Week. Katy is currently a postgraduate student and her provisional thesis title is Reshaping the Higher Education network? Analysis of academic social networking sites, so she was a natural choice to ask!
As the ORO manager I’m often asked how sites like ResearchGate and Academia.edu interact with the institutional repository, so I was a little anxious as to the implications for ORO from Katy’s research. But Katy’s talk was actually a resounding re-affirmation of the case for the Institutional Repository.
Katy presented a diagram in her presentation where ORO sits alongside and complements both Twitter and Academic SNS.
- ORO was the host of self archived research publications
- Twitter was for discussions and building new networks
- Academic SNS were ‘a portable business card’
Katy’s talk was both wide ranging and engaging, other themes I found particularly pertinent were:
- Interventions by Academic SNS into publishing services such as peer review and minting DOIs appear to be a challenge to existing models of scholarly communication.
- Academic SNS seem to replicate existing networks rather than creating new ones.
- Academic profiles are already out there so you shouldn’t ignore them but actively curate them.
- There is a disciplinary divide where ResearchGate is more sciences based and academia.edu more Arts and Humanities.
- Academic SNS are commercial enterprises – but revenue generation will not occur until the network is strong enough.
Katy’s presentation is available here: http://www.slideshare.net/katyjordan148/academic-social-networking-sites.
Thanks again to Katy for a fascinating talk.