Science blogs and online trolling: Do below-the-line comment spaces help or hurt science communication?

Posted in Research on November 21st, 2014 by steve

UK“Questions have been raised over whether allowing comments on blogs and other sites is conducive to wider understanding of science. Jonathan Mendel and Hauke Riesch present a look at how online comments, even uncivil ones, can positively benefit community cohesion and inclusive engagement …” (more)

[Impact of Social Sciences, 21 November]

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Developing an Academic Writing Blog

Posted in Life on November 10th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Writing is a really good way of sharing knowledge, experience and research. I find the process of writing helps me clarify thoughts and experiences and often gives me new ideas. It’s also a very good way to make connections with people who share common concerns but who perhaps operate in different contexts …” (more)

[Helen Fallon, libfocus, 10 November]

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Should academic lawyers blog?

Posted in Research on June 24th, 2014 by steve

“As an academic lawyer who writes his own blog, as well as contributing occasionally to others, my answer to the question ‘Should academic lawyers blog?’ is, perhaps unsurprisingly, ‘Yes’. However, I was recently prompted …” (more)

[Mark Elliott, Public law for everyone, 24 June]

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The future of blogs, the future of journals

Posted in Research on March 12th, 2014 by steve

“Following a presentation I gave recently at an academic writing seminar in NUI Maynooth Library, I have been thinking about what the future of blogging as part of the scholarly communication process might look like, and in particular, how blogs and journals can co-exist, and even support each other …” (more)

[Michelle Dalton, libfocus, 11 March]

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Blogging can be a release from all the structural pressures corroding the creative impulse in academic writing

Posted in Research on March 6th, 2014 by steve

“Mark Carrigan untangles the mixture of creativity and routine when academics sit down to convey complex thoughts. Waiting for the organic moment of inspiration when deadlines loom can be unreliable …” (more)

[Impact of Social Sciences, 6 March]

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Notes on ‘academic blogging’

Posted in Life on February 28th, 2014 by steve

“I had a fun day on Tuesday, as my friend Stuart White had invited me to speak at a conference on ‘academic blogging’, to be precise ‘Academic Blogging: Political Analysis in the Digital Age’ at Oxford …” (more)

[Chris Bertram, Crooked Timber, 27 February]

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Four Years A’Bloggin’

Posted in Life on February 25th, 2014 by steve

“Four years ago this week, I imported my few posts from my old blog ‘Electrified Chalk’, and ‘Is this Going to Be on the Exam’ was born. 138 139 posts later, it is still trundling along …” (more)

[Michael Seery, Is this going to be on the exam?, 24 February]

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Academic group proposes editor blogging ban to keep ‘professional’ tone

Posted in Research on January 30th, 2014 by steve

International“A major academic body is proposing that editors of its journals be banned from blogging in an effort to maintain a ‘professional’ environment …” (more)

[Amanda Holpuch, Guardian, 29 January]

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Two Dublin Cinemas that show the connection between show business and academia

Posted in Life on December 31st, 2013 by steve

“Show business is very old. Arguably, the first philosophers were in that business. If what you say is important, you need to ensure that as many people hear it as is possible. Socrates, for instance, worked in the Athenian Agora …” (more)

[McGarr Solicitors, 30 December]

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Academic blogging is part of a complex online academic attention economy, leading to unprecedented readership

Posted in Research on December 12th, 2013 by steve

“As academics with a reputation for being successful bloggers, we often get asked with an air of doubt and trepidation: ‘Should I blog?’ Many of our colleagues seem worried that blogging and being active on social media is yet another addition to their already heavy work regime …” (more)

[Inger Mewburn and Pat Thomson, Impact of Social Sciences, 12 December]

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What are academic bloggers up to?

Posted in Research on December 11th, 2013 by steve

“A great article for the Guardian Higher Education Network by Pat Thomson and Inger Mewburn on bloggers in higher education. The piece is a summary of an article in a special edition of Studies in Higher Education and the longer one is well worth reading too …” (more)

[Registrarism, 11 December]

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Law School Head Says Blogging is ‘Not Academic Work’

Posted in Research on December 5th, 2013 by steve

“The Irish law blog Cearta.ie is offline this morning after its owner, Dr Eoin O’Dell of Trinity College, shut it down in response to a decision regarding its academic value …” (more)

[Conn Ó Muíneacháin, Technology, 4 December]

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Academic blogging: a risk worth taking?

Posted in Research on December 4th, 2013 by steve

“After her blog was republished without credit, PhD student Lucy Williams says we must confront this ‘shameless exploitation’ …” (more)

[Guardian Professional, 4 December]

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Why do academics blog? It’s not for public outreach, research shows

Posted in Research on December 2nd, 2013 by steve

“Blogging is touted as bridge between academia and the world but study finds it functions more like global common room …” (more)

[Pat Thompson and Inger Mewburn, Guardian Professional, 2 December]

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Accept no substitutes: blogging is a valuable supplement to scholarship and rightfully challenges the status quo

Posted in Life on June 25th, 2013 by steve

“Weighing in on the much debated role of academic blogging in scholarship, Rohan Maitzen argues blogging is now recognised as a valuable part of the wider ecology of scholarship – not as a substitute of, but a supplement to professional activities …” (more)

[Impact of Social Sciences, 25 June]

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Research blogging as an academic genre

Posted in Research on June 1st, 2013 by steve

Finland“Research blogging has become an object of research in its own right, and one area of interest for linguists is research blogging as an academic genre and means for communicating scientific knowledge …” (more)

[Anna Mauranen, ELFA project, 31 May]

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Academia and social media: opportunities, challenges and risks

Posted in Research on May 30th, 2013 by steve

“Academics are increasingly using social media, such as blogs and twitter, to communicate their work and ideas and to engage a wider public. In a forum in the most recent issue of Dialogues in Human Geography 3(1) we discuss in detail the opportunities, challenges and risks of academics utilising social media …” (more)

[Ireland after NAMA, 30 May]

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Should teachers blog??

Posted in Teaching on May 22nd, 2013 by steve

“I blog, but am I wasting my time and is it a beneficial tool?? How many teachers blog regularly? Although more teachers appear to blog in the last few years I feel that it may be a tool which is used by a devoted few and restricted to pockets of teachers in certain areas or schools …” (more)

[5j2012MsGovern, 22 May]

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The Role of Blogging in the Academic Feedback Cycle

Posted in Research on May 20th, 2013 by steve

“Last year I delivered a couple of research papers on the history of crime. The first was in October at the Institute of Historical Research or the IHR as it’s known, here in London. The second was in January, on a beach in Belize. I thought I’d talk a little bit today about how those two experiences were different …” (more)

[Adam Crymble, Thoughts on Public & Digital History, 18 May]

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Farewell from NWL

Posted in Life on May 19th, 2013 by steve

“Well that day has finally arrived. After 3.5 years and 2,700 blogposts, this is the final NAMA wine lake blogpost. I truly regret that I can’t continue something that has become more than full-time and has stopped me leading anything like a normal life …” (more)

[NAMA Wine Lake, 19 May]

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