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Profile Building, Research Sharing and Data Proliferation using Social Media Tools for Scientists (RTI presentation)
Williams, A. Profile Building, Research Sharing and Data Proliferation using Social Media Tools for Scientists (RTI presentation). Presented at RTI, RTP/RTI, NC, May 11, 2017.
Presentation at RTI, RTP, NC on Using Social Media Tools for Scientists
Many of us nowadays invest significant amounts of time in sharing our activities and opinions with friends and family via social networking tools such as Facebook, Twitter or other related websites. However, despite the availability of many platforms for scientists to connect and share with their peers in the scientific community the majority do not make use of these tools, despite their promise and potential impact and influence on our careers. We are already being indexed and exposed on the internet via our publications, presentations and data and new “AltMetric scores” are being assigned to scientific publications as measures of popularity and, supposedly, of impact. We now have even more ways to contribute to science, to annotate and curate data, to “publish” in new ways, and many of these activities are as part of a growing crowdsourcing network. The stable of web-based platforms that can be used continues to expand but with only so much time available to share publications, presentations, data and activities how does a scientist shortcut their way to understanding what is available and the benefits of use? For over five years Antony Williams has been delivering presentations to scientists regarding how they can use freely available websites to help create an online presence. Over the years he has presented on LinkedIn for a professional CV, ResearchGate for sharing papers and research updates, FigShare for data, and a myriad of other tools for developing an online profile. Participating online, whether it be simply for career advancement or for wider exposure of your research, there are now a series of web applications that can provide a great opportunity to develop a scientific profile within the community. This presentation will provide an overview of what is available and the potential benefits of investing a small amount of time in developing an online profile especially as an increasing number of potential employers and collaborators utilize the web to research scientists. This abstract does not reflect U.S. EPA policy.