Open data and practices

In my 1st blog I talked perspective about UWS and identity whereas in my 2nd blog I am going to talk about open data and how the social researchers use them in their life. There were many tools like Zotero, Mozilla’s firefox, google plus and others to collect, manage and cite resource sources. But nowadays there are many applications and social tools which are used to save files. Mendeley, is one of the best tool for having huge capacity of backup for online resources. It is the best tool having new features for importing references as well. I was also unaware of this feature because I didn’t use that before. I’ve got some new experiences to learn about social medias and their role in research field. Similarly, Twitter, linkedIn, facebook etc are the valuable sites for researchers to share and post their blogs with each other and get feedback from there as well. So, it’s not just to share views but also a learning source for researchers. Writing and commenting to each other’s blogs helps to explore each other’s ideas and it helps to get recommendations.

There are other educational or research sites like, web.linkedIn and many more which assists to create professional profile for social researchers and connects with their colleagues or related researchers in similar area. The benefit of open web is that we can receive one another’s updates via twitter, linkedIn, youtube which makes us aware of each other’s activities. Similarly, the technology or open web helps researchers to collaborate with their supervisors. Researchers need their senior guide to help in social research. The recommendations and feedback from the supervisor are necessary for each researcher and they can only get it from the technology or online resources. For example, to keep in touch with our professors, we tweet, write blogs or maintain wikis and using Skype or Viber to interact with each other and discuss about the topics. In my point of view, open source and social media is the only way to unlock the complexity persists in the social research. It creates networking and community with academics. Likewise, researchers can utilise technology to get resources and materials far from their institution-based research.

There are many things we have to discuss about course and open web is one of the best option for it. For instance, discussion forums may seem like old tech to some, it is still one of the suitable communication business tools used in Universities. A discussion forum can bring together professors and students and allows for an open discussion on any topic. It can also help in knowledge dissemination and bring feedback together. So, the way of using technology has changed with the advancement of technology or new inventions. Furthermore, the way of learning in the University or College has also changed. The latest technology in the field of education makes it possible that we can easily get information about climate change, politics, history and many more things about world from our own place. Gps, Google earth, and many other satellite based applications help us to navigate in the world. We can easily find such places with the help of those applications in our mobile phones.Some of the digital practice that we follow in our daily life are as follows:

1) Formal dialogues: skype, Elluminate,, Second life etc for communication

2) Informal interaction: google chat,wechat, snapchat, messenger, facebook for interaction.

3) Documentation: Dropbox, Mendeley, Qiqqa etc for creating drafts

4) Reflection: Drupal,, OmniGraffle etc for working ideas and process.

5) Engaging with community: Twitter, Youtube, Instagram,SlideShare, for engaging with community

6) Keeping updated: Itunes U, Ted Talks, Twitter blogs etc for updated with world.

From above functions of different social media in the field of social science research, we can say that there is an interwoven relationship between technology and human studies. There is a question that how long does it remain?

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