Engage: Crowdsourcing for impact

A crowdCrowdsourcing is an increasingly popular concept, and crowdsourcing projects appear in many areas. As part of the 2016 Engage program, we will be running a panel session around the question of how crowdsourcing can be used for outreach and public engagement.

When: 4 March, 2-4pm
Where: Thames Suite, IT Services, 13 Banbury Rd

In the session, we will be hearing about a range of crowdsourcing projects, from small-scale projects run by a single individul to large projects involving a team of researchers and thousands of contributors. We will explore how projects have engaged with their audiences and what impact that has had. There will be time for discussion and opportunity to share thoughts and experiences, both in the session and over coffee afterwards.

To book a place, please register at the IT Training Courses website


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Engage: Understanding Impact via Social Media

Academics are increasingly using social media to reach a wide variety of audiences. Social media can be used for dissemination of research outputs to academic communities, for public outreach and engagement, and for intervening in society. How can we show evidence of the impact of these interventions? In a one-day workshop offering tricks and tips for measuring and analyzing impact via social media, participants will be taught some practical skills, as well as having the opportunity for discussion and debate.

Register for the course for free on the IT Training Programme website. Tweeters can use the hashtag #OxEngage (view on Twitter).

Where: Isis, IT Services, Banbury Road

When: 10am-4pm Wed 16th March (Hilary Term, week 9)


10:00 Welcome and Introduction to the day Kate Lindsay, Head of Technology Enhanced Learning, IT Services
10:15 Keynote: Understanding Impact via Social Media (video and slides) Kathryn Eccles, Digital Humanities Champion, Oxford Internet Institute
11:00 coffee
11:20 Network Analysis and Social Media (summary and slides) Scott Hale, Data Scientist, Oxford Internet Institute
11:50 Measuring Impact on Social Media (summary and slides) Liz McCarthy, Bodleian Library
13:00 lunch
13:40 Twitter Impact Monitoring and Reporting on a Shoestring (summary, slides, handout and spreadsheet [.xlsx download 100kb] Ernesto Priego, City University
14:50 coffee
15:10 Supporting Engagement and Impact at IT Services (summary and slides) Martin Wynne, IT Services
15:25 Maximizing Visibility and Impact for Publications (summary and slides) Charlie Rapple, Kudos
15:40 Round-up and discussion
16:00 end

Network analysis and social media

Scott Hale, Oxford Internet Institute

This talk will introduce the basics of social network analysis with Gephi (https://gephi.org/), free and open-source software for network analysis. It will introduce how social media data can be transformed into networks and the types of questions that network analysis is useful for including definitions of network centrality and other network measures. An introduction to network visualization and resources for further information will also be given.

Measuring Impact on Social Media

Elizabeth McCarthy, Bodleian Libraries

As social media’s place in our communications strategies grows, it is important that we are able to measure the impact of what we do online. This talk will explore various practical (and mostly free!) tools and strategies for evaluating and reporting on social media impact across a variety of platforms and connecting it to your organisational goals and strategy.

Twitter Impact Monitoring and Reporting on a Shoestring

Ernesto Priego, City University

There is a plethora of commercial services and applications dedicated to providing organisations with metrics and reports of their social media activity. Though more time consuming, it is possible for account managers to monitor and create reports from their Twitter accounts without spending extra money.

In August 2014 Twitter made their analytics tool available to all users. In this session we will discuss how to create a report from a Twitter account’s metrics, and think about other ways in which we can can quantify and report a Twitter account’s output.

Please note that recently Twitter started requiring users to sign up to Twitter Analytics or Twitter Ads to get their metrics. Participants will make the most out of this session if they have login credentials to a Twitter account and if they have previously signed up to Twitter Analytics or Twitter Ads.

Supporting Engagement and Impact at IT Services

Martin Wynne, IT Services, University of Oxford

Martin will offer an overview of the courses, support services and facilities available in IT Services and the wider university to support academic impact using IT. As well as the ‘Engage’ series of courses and workshops, IT Serviecs offers research skills toolkits, courses on managing your web presence, analysing citation, Google analytics, search engine optimization, crowdsourcing, podcasting and podcast analytics, and more.

Measuring and maximizing the effect of your communications efforts

Charlie Rapple, co-founder, Kudos

Charlie will introduce some of many options for communicating around your work, along with some of the metrics that might help you determine the success of your efforts. She’ll provide some examples of how researchers are using social media successfully, and show how the free Kudos toolkit can support your efforts to broaden the reach and impact of your work, by providing a platform for explaining work in plain language, a central place from which to share it, and a compilation of metrics to help you learn what works best.

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Engage: Five Weeks in!

Now half way through the penultimate week, this year’s Engage series seems to have flown by but not without leaving a positive feeling and great level of enthusiasm. In the last two weeks we have been very fortunate to hear about a range of fascinating topics from copyright in the digital age (PDF: engagecopyright) to using tablet technology and apps with school students in museums (videos). A particular highlight took place yesterday (18th November) when two representatives from the Imperial War Museums, Simon Delafond and Jesse Alter, discussed their dynamic initiative called ‘Computer Club’. ‘Computer Club’ is a informal staff training series which aims to develop digitial literacy among colleagues. Previous Computer Club sessions have covered using Twitter, creating film trailers and interactive gaming. The Educational Enhancement Team are examining the practicalities of running the programme and considering its potential relevance to Oxford (see recent EET blog post). There was a considerable amount of interest in the idea especially from staff at the Ashmolean Museum who were looking for partners to collaborate with.

Jesse Alter and Simon Delafond from the Imperial War Museums talking about staff digital literacy initiative, Computer Club.

Jesse Alter and Simon Delafond from the Imperial War Museums talking about staff digital literacy initiative, Computer Club.

Brainstorming ideas about the practicalities of running a 'Computer Club'- inspired scheme at Oxford.

Brainstorming ideas about the practicalities of running a ‘Computer Club’- inspired scheme at Oxford.

Further highlights have included:

– welcoming Mechthild Herzog from the University of Luxembourg who spoke passionately about a First World War Twitter project she has been involved in: @Real Time WW1

– hearing about the benefits of live streaming events to reach global audiences like in the case of the Stephen Fry inaugural lecture.

– learning how the Oxford Community Collection model can lead to powerful forms of audience engagement.

Tomorrow we are delighted that Dr Kathryn Eccles from the Oxford Internet institute will be talking about methods and tools for evaluating online impact. To learn more and book a place on the session, visit: http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/ENJB We hope to see you there!

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Engage: Three Weeks in!

After months of planning, I cannot believe we are now three weeks into the Engage programme. The speakers have been infectiously passionate about their subject areas, audiences have asked pertinent questions and I am delighted to see that some of you have become Engage ‘regulars’, attending more than two of the talks in the series: wonderful! So far we have learnt about:

  • connecting with young people and coordinating a schools video competition from Dr Martin Christlieb (last year’s winning entry: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCZVaVUjihA&feature=youtu.be)
  • how to extend the reach of your projects through social media from Prof. David Pyle. Here are two of David’s projects: Volcanoes Top Trumps (http://volcanoestoptrumps.org/) and London Volcano (http://londonvolcano.com/)
  • using Facebook effectively by Liz McCarthy. This talk was live streamed and the recording will be made available shortly.
  • managing multiple social media accounts and working with social analytics by Suzi Ardley and Georgina Brooke.
  • working with data visualisations and creating effective ones of your own by Dr Steffano de Sabbata. Here are some of Steffano’s incredible visualisations: http://geography.oii.ox.ac.uk/?page=home  
  • using social media effective within a cultural heritage setting to engage the 18-30 demographic. Speakers, Alex Roberts and Jordan Graham have kindly shared their TVCHPSlides and TVCHP report with us to use for future reference.

Today we welcome Tom Fuller, Online Media Producer at the University’s Public Affairs Directorate, who will be sharing his experiences of creating and editing videos for the excellent Lab, Camera, Action project. So if you would like to produce a video for outreach but have a shoestring budget and little to none filming experience, come and learn more at 12:30 today (3rd November). For information and to book, visit: http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/ENAX 

Prof. David Pyle's striking London Volcano banner

Prof. David Pyle’s striking London Volcano banner

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#adalovelace 2014

Tomorrow (Tuesday 14 October 2014 ) is the big day whereby IT Services in collaboration with the Bodleian Libraries and Wikimedia UK, will be running a wiki edit-a-thon to celebrate female contributions to science. The afternoon will include some basic training by Wikipedia trainers as well as a welcome by computer scientist Ursula Martin. Not to forget the cutting of an Ada themed cake! 

Ada Lovelace is widely held to have been the first computer programmer, and Ada Lovelace Day aims to raise the profile of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) by encouraging people around the world to talk about the women whose work they admire. This international day of celebration helps people learn about the achievements of women in STEM, inspiring others and creating new role models for young and old alike. A Wikipedia edit-a-thon celebrates the spirit of Ada Lovelace Day by helping people learn about the contribution of individual women to the world of science, and the aim of our edit-a-thon is to add to and improve the coverage of individuals, events and resources related to women in science.

This free event is open to anyone; no Wiki editing experience is necessary, though experienced editors are very welcome; tutorials will be provided for Wikipedia newcomers. Female editors are particularly encouraged to attend.

We have a limited number of spaces left so if you know that you would like to get involved then please book your place at:  http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/TWOE

Here is our wiki page for the event (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProject_University_of_Oxford/AdaLovelaceDay2014) and a helpsheet in preparation for tomorrow’s editing (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1elVB0d-9SA2B_8poGhEclyL8XmiOwi2snclw1FK7pfY/edit)

So come along to learn about how Wikipedia works and contribute a greater understanding of the role of women in science!

Ada Lovelace

Ada Lovelace


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Ada Lovelace 2014 and Beyond!

Preparations for this year’s Ada Lovelace Day are now under way and what an exciting event it looks to be! We were so delighted by the success of last year’s Wikipedia editathon that we have decided to adopt a similiar model for the upcoming crowdsourcing event due on 14th October (see: http://blogs.it.ox.ac.uk/adalovelace/) Therefore, in 7 weeks time we will be inviting members from all across the University community to come join us (and a trainer from Wikipedia) for an afternoon of editing and updating relevant entries for key women who have made significant contributions to world knowledge and understanding. This is all intented to celebrate female achievements in the sciences whilst simultaneously marking the 199th birthday of the influential mathematician, Ada Lovelace. According to her own entry on Wikipedia, Lovelace is often described as the world’s first computer programmer, which is a remarkable attribute.

Next year to mark her 200th birthday, the Bodleian Libraries plan to coordinate and display a special Ada Lovelace exhibition. To ignite and inspire these discussions, we will be welcoming Ada Lovelace biographer, Betty A Toole to Oxford who will also be giving a talk on her book ‘Ada: The Enchantress of Numbers’. So as you can see, there are many fantastic things coming up before the #OxEngage programme lunchtime talks even begins! Keep an eye on this blog and the Engage Facebook page to hear the latest news and updates.


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Public Engagement Training from Oxford Sparks

Oxford Sparks are also developing a series of courses and networking sessions for members of Oxford University that start in January 2014. For the 2013/14 academic year, these will be: –

Introduction to public engagement and communications

9 January

How to define different audiences; what kinds of media are appropriate to each; how you would plan to engage and communicate with them.

This course has now run, but a repeat session will be held during Trinity Term.

Translating research into a hands-on activity

16 January

Different learning styles and environments; structuring activities; planning workshop, including health and safety considerations; presentation styles.

This course will be tied in to the popular ‘Wow! How?’ museum’s event as a follow-up practical element.

Registration – Oxford users only

Narrative skills

31 January

The key features and techniques employed in creating and telling great stories, which form the basis of effective engagement and communication.

Registration – Oxford users only

Social media for communicating science

28 February

What is online presence; how to start using social media to build an online presence from an academic point of view; how to maintain that presence.

Registration – Oxford users only

Networking sessions

These informal lunchtime events give attendees the opportunity to meet Oxford academics with strong experience in engagement and communications. You will be able to ask them questions and network with other colleagues interested in public engagement.

Confirmed speakers for Hilary Term 2014 are:

  • Dr Cedric Tan, winer of several competitions including Dance your PhD – 27 January

Registration – Oxford users only

  • Professor Dorothy Bishop, regular Tweeter about developmental neuropsychology, with over 12,000 followers (@deevybee) – 4 February

Registration – Oxford users only

  • Dr Rob Simpson, author of the popular Orbiting Frog blog – 14 February.

Registration – Oxford users only

Places can be booked by any graduate student or researchers in the University, but spaces are going fast …

– See more at: http://www.oxfordsparks.net/pe_training

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DMUG Michaelmas talk – The Future of Digital Media at Oxford – Melissa Highton

The Future of Digital Media at Oxford

29th November 2pm Isis Lecture Theatre, IT Services

Book here
The University’s strategic plan  acknowledges that “Digital technology is revolutionising the manner in which knowledge is created, collected, and communicated across the globe.” Melissa will give an overview of current initiatives to support sustainable media production, storage, dissemination and re-use for the collegiate university.  She will  highlight areas of innovation and development needed to move us forward  to further develop our globally available teaching resources and collections for our own community, for our distance-taught students across the world, and for learners everywhere.

Melissa is Director of Academic IT at University of Oxford.

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Engage for Humanities

This term we are hosting some great talks that will appeal to those in the Humanities disciplines. All will be be held at IT Services, 13 Banbury Road.

Tracking your impact

Monday 28th October 12.30-13.30
Kathryn Eccles, Research Associate at the Oxford Internet Institute

What is the impact of your digital outputs? Kathryn Eccles is a research associate at the Oxford Internet Institute. Her research interests lie within the field of Digital Humanities, focusing on the impact of new technologies on cultural heritage, and on scholarly behaviour and research. In this presentation Kathryn will introduce the free web resource, the Toolkit for the Impact of Digitised Scholarly Resources.
More info and booking: http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/ENAE

Social media for scholarship, knowledge exchange, and community cohesion

Friday 8th November 12.30-13.30
Simon Tanner, Department of Digital Humanities, King’s College, London

Simon Tanner is Deputy Head of the Department of Digital Humanities, and Director of Digital Consulting, at King’s College London. In this presentation Simon will discuss the value of social media for academic work, knowledge exchange and in building scholarly community networks.
More info and booking: http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/ENAQ

Evolving Engagement – the many lives of the Bodleian First Folio

Tuesday 12th November 12.30-13.30
Pip Wilcox, Bodleian Libraries

Pip Willcox is a digital editor at BDLSS, Bodleian Libraries. In this presentation she will outline the highly successful Sprint for Shakespeare project, a public engagement and fundraising campaign to digitise and publish Shakespeare’s First Folio online.
More info and booking: http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/ENAQ

Crowdsourcing community collections – The Oxford Community Collection Model

Wednesday 27th November 12.30-13.30
Alun Edwards, Education Enhancement Team, IT Services

This talk will give an overview of the Oxford Community Collection Model and its methodologies, as well as case studies of its applications. It will be of particular interest to anyone (college or individual) thinking about a novel way to engage communities in anniversaries, commemorations and celebrations, as well as collecting oral histories and digital objects for research.
More info and booking: http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/ENAP

View the full programme for Engage: Social Media Michaelmas.

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Engage for Impact

Evaluating the academic impact of your digital resources and use of online technologies such as social media has been considered a dark art – until now! This term we are pleased to welcome two speakers who will shed some light on the metrics and methods that can be used to evaluate and report your research impact in the digital world.

Tracking your impact

Monday 28th October 12.30-13.30
Kathryn Eccles, Research Associate at the Oxford Internet Institute

What is the impact of your digital outputs? Kathryn Eccles is a research associate at the Oxford Internet Institute. Her research interests lie within the field of Digital Humanities, focusing on the impact of new technologies on cultural heritage, and on scholarly behaviour and research. In this presentation Kathryn will introduce the free web resource, the Toolkit for the Impact of Digitised Scholarly Resources.
More info and booking: http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/ENAE

Altmetrics – looking at impact beyond citations

Tuesday 14th November 12.30-13.30
Euan Adie, the founder of altmetric.com

Researchers in the UK are increasingly encouraged to look for evidence of impact beyond scholarly citations. Altmetrics (the alt being ‘alternative’) seek to pull together other signals, like online discussions and social media traffic. But how much value is there in this approach, and how do you get started if you want to try it out for yourself?
More info and booking: http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/ENAH

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