As an academic, your work involves creating, gathering and collating research and educational material. Sharing this work is not only a way to connect with your academic community but also a way to build your online profile.
Twitter Hashtags & Lists
Twitter is a popular microblogging service that can be use in academia to:
Follow colleagues or research projects;
Post links to research papers;
Solicit advice on works-in-progress, ideas, or problems;
Create and follow custom newspapers out of Twitter content using paper.li
Hashtags used on Twitter, and other social networks sites, allow you to use a word or phrase preceded by a hash or pound sign (#) to identify messages on a specific topic. To learn the different parts of a "tweet", review the Anatomy of a Tweet image.
Twitter Lists are a way to curate groups of users into thematic lists. You can create your own lists or subscribe to lists created by others. Viewing a list timeline will show you a stream of Tweets from only the users on that list.
Open bibliographies is the act of sharing citations on a specific theme or topic on the internet. This curated list of materials can be a useful starting point for other researchers while also directing people to your knowledge in the area of study. Open bibliographies can be created using citation management tools, or through blogs, wikis or personal websites.
Open Educational Resources (OER) are freely accessible, openly licensed documents and media that are useful for teaching, learning, and assessing as well as for research purposes. They can include, but are not limited to, syllabi, reading lists, handouts and course readings, PowerPoint slides, and even videos.
As an instructor, you can leverage all the time you spend teaching by publishing your teaching materials online on a website, wiki, or in a repository for others to use in their own instruction.
Research data is the data created or generated as part of a research project and exists in many formats including numeric data, text, transcripts, images, video and audio recordings. Sharing your data is a way to increase both the impact of your work and extend your research beyond an initial study.
Kahn AS, Leys SP (2016) Data from: The role of cell replacement in benthic–pelagic coupling by suspension feeders. Dryad Digital Repository. http://dx.doi.org/10.5061/dryad.1787f, which accompanies this article: Moyers BT, Rieseberg LH (2016) Remarkable life history polymorphism may be evolving under divergent selection in the silverleaf sunflower. Molecular Ecology 25(16): 3817–3830. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/mec.13723
Have you given a presentation at a conference or colloquium that you're exceptionally proud of? Chances are that you also spent a good amount of time making professional slides. Archiving your slides online can give people early glimpses into your research. It can also help maintain your active research presence after the presentation and build interest in your future publications. Get the most out of your slides!