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Friday, 24 February 2012

Digital Researcher 2012

Vitae recently ran their third Digital Researcher day. This annual event introduces researchers to new technologies and social media tools which can be used to enhance research. The event focused on different stages of the research process, from identifying knowledge to disseminating research findings.

The Digital Researcher day was hugely successful and was fully booked well in advance. However, Vitae offered the chance for people to participate remotely by live streaming the keynote speeches and using an event hashtag. This was the first conference I have ‘attended’ via Twitter and following #dr12vitae enabled me to keep up to date with discussions, to interact with participants, and to find summaries and reports after the event. You could even pose questions to the keynote speaker.

For those unable to attend in person or follow along on Twitter, Vitae have compiled a wealth of resources from the day on the Digital Researcher web page. There are four sets of slides from the workshops complete with audio commentary, plus a post-event podcast. The hashtag is still going strong and signposting further discussion from the conference and useful resources.

Away from the virtual world, the Vitae Midlands hub has two forthcoming events which might be of interest to final year postgraduates:

Finish Up and Move On: 29th-30th March, Nottingham Trent University

Collaborative Researcher, 31st May and 11th June, University of Warwick

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