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Methodology: use online tools to record usage, typically in Russell Group universities

Examples: institutional use of Twitter, Facebook, iTunes, ..; use of research profiling services; …

Aims: monitor use of online services in order to identify patterns which can inform policies and practices

Observing Our Community: The Reasons, the Methodology, Some Conclusions & Some ConcernsBrian Kelly, UKOLN

>1 million ‘likes’

Sep2011

May2012

Jan2011

Aug2012

PeerIndexing rankings

Can you spot Oxbridge?

How might you interpret such steady growth?


  • Conclusions: Further analyses would be interesting such as:

  • How many research papers are deposited in ResearchGate? How does this compare with institutional repositories?

Conclusions: (1) Outliers are interesting(2) Comparisons can identify good (& bad) practices)

(3) Findings may challenge IT orthodoxies

Observing Our Community: The Reasons, the Methodology, Some Conclusions & Some ConcernsBrian Kelly, UKOLN

  • Concerns:

  • Survey is flawed (e.g. Google personalisation)

  • Interpretation is flawed

  • Politics

  • Addressed by open discussion on UK Web Focus blog


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