Networking: Overview

Face to face researcher networking is well established through attendance at events such as conferences and meetings, or more informally just meeting up for coffee. Online networking by researchers also has a well established history through email discussion groups, but now there are lots of other online social networking tools which give researchers the opportunity to:

  • network
  • disseminate their research
  • keep up to date
  • organise their references
  • share useful references.

As well as providing networking in the strictly social sense, the medium also provides real opportunities to researchers in terms of disseminating their research and finding potential collaborators. Some networking tools are specifically aimed at academics and professionals. Others such as wikis, blogs and microblogs, although intended to be used for social purposes are increasingly being used for academic reasons.

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