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Desposit to the repository from within Facebook?

Posted by gazjjohnson on 18 November, 2008

Reading an interesting email posting from my old friend and collegue Stuart Lewis (Aber University) on the launch of a Facebook repository tool as part of the SWORD project.  As Stuart says

Within the repositories community we often talk about how to encourage faculty to self-archive their works. We also sometimes talk about the problems with repositories, and how repositories are not yet part of the daily toolkit of faculty. In an attempt to see whether bringing these two problems together by allowing faculty to deposit from within a tool that many do use on a daily basis, as part of the JISC funded ŒSWORD 2Œ project I have now created a Facebook repository deposit application.

Being able to deposit from within a site such as Facebook would enable what I¹m going to call ‘the Social Deposit’. What does a social deposit look like? It has the following characteristics:

  • It takes place within a social networking type site such as Facebook.
  • The deposit is performed by the author of a work, not a third party (not a mediated deposit)
  • Once the deposit has taken place, messages and updates are provided stating that the user has performed the deposit.
  • Friends and colleagues of the depositor will see that a deposit has taken place, and can read what has been deposited if they want to.
  • Friends and colleagues of the depositor can comment on the deposit. 

So the social deposit takes place within the online social surroundings of a depositor, rather than from within a repository. By doing so, the depositor can leverage the power of their social networks so that their friends and colleagues can be informed about the deposit.

I noticed Stuart had launched this on Facebook last night, so I wondered when I’d hear more about it.  I wonder how this might fit into our development of the LRA here?  Come to think of it, do we know just how many research active academics are using Faceook?

That all said you can find the FB app by following this link (though you’ll need a Facebook account to see it)

You can read the full transcript of what Stuart had to say over on the ( for the archive) mailing list, well worth joining if you’re supporting research these days.

Posted in Leicester Research Archive, Research Support, Service Delivery, Web 2.0 & Emerging Technologies | Tagged: , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

TAN Facebook session

Posted by sarahw9 on 30 October, 2008

On Monday 27 October Dr Clare Madge and Dr Jane Wellens presented their findings from the TEF funded project: Facebook and the University of Leicester Student Experience. Selina and myself went along to this well attended session.

The team had examined how new students used Facebook before and during the early days of their time at University. Amongst other things they asked students what they thought about Facebook and if they considered it relevant to their studies or academic work. Their was discussion about how staff are using Facebook, for example, whether staff contact students using Facebook, whether they think it has use as a communication tool or has other academic purposes.

I don’t have a copy of the slides with their findings, but from memory they found that large numbers (sorry I don’t know if the majority of not) of students had already got Facebook accounts before beginning University and had already made connections with others coming to Leicester well before arriving here in person. This was a new trend. Overall the students thought that Facebook was a place for socialising rather than for academic work. Some thought it would be a useful place to get notices (such as lecture cancelled). Selina – your memory is probably better than mine, so feel free to chip in here.

A facinating sideline was the use of Twitter in the session. A live discussion paralleling the face-to-face took place where you can still read the debate that took place. The debate was even picked up by trendspotters and temporarily took discussion on McCain and Halloween of the top slots. Some ‘outsiders’ even pitched in.

Using Twitter this way gave people a platform to have parallel discussions and put out their ideas about the topics being discussed. Unfortunately quite a few people (including me) found it hard to concentrate on all these threads at once, and I think the face-to-face discussion probably suffered as a result. Still, an interesting session.

I look forward to seeing the final results of the project. Popular themes from the discussion were:

  • should students be given official University guidance on online identity and risk of self exposure on Facebook?
  • the potential for Facebook for learning, teaching and support.
  • are non English language students indirectly excluded from Facebook? Does its ubiquitous presence alienate them?
  • whether staff should be Facebook friends with students.

It’s a time of experimentation but many are warying of interfereing in students social space (which could kill the fun / dynamism of the space). All a bit creepytreehouse.

Of course that doesn’t apply to our Facebook page as we are not intruding on anyone’s space, people are free to join or not. The existence of the now famous Leicester University Library Toilets Appreciation Society Facebook group is a fine example of grass roots feedback to the library. We have to know it is there of course to get the feedback. A less welcome version of the same mechanism is the case of bullying of a member of library staff at the University of Kent .

OK enough of my ramblings, any thoughts?

Posted in Meetings, Web 2.0 & Emerging Technologies | Tagged: , , | 5 Comments »

Get your citations on Facebook with CiteMe

Posted by sarahw9 on 23 July, 2008

CiteMe is a Facebook application from OCLC that searches Worldcat and converts results into



different citation formats for you (currently: APA, Chicago, Harvard, MLA, Turabian).  Type in the title, author, subject, or isbn and it formulates the citation.

Compared to using Refworks / Endnote there isn’t any advantage as 

you can only do one at a time, and from a UoL perspective it doesn’t cover the referencing styles we mostly use anyway.  Still interesting to think of how lots of tools could enhance students studies. 

Any volunteers to write a Facebook application for our inhouse referencing styles?

Posted in Referencing, Web 2.0 & Emerging Technologies | Tagged: , | 1 Comment »