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Pikas research day 2011

Poster presenting my conceptual framework

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Pikas research day 2011

  1. 1. Communication in science: toward a descriptive conceptual framework<br />Christina K. Pikas<br />Why<br />Communication is vital to science; understanding how communication works enables us to support scientific work. The existing body of research describing communication in science is distributed across many different disciplines, sometimes not co-citing or building upon one another. <br />Preliminary framework<br />Scientists are using new social computing technologies (e.g., blogs, microblogs, wikis), but studies of new technologies are often done as if the new technology was created in a vacuum, and not an evolution of the communication system. Any study risks becoming dated quickly because the technologies change as do the uses<br />New technologies allow scientists to do different things but they also help scientists do the same things faster, over longer distances, <br />among other things. Scientists adapt the technologies to their needs but also adapt to the new technologies<br />Courtesy of SergioTudelacc-by http://www.flickr.com/photos/27983776@N03/3479314094/<br />What and how<br />A conceptual framework provides the dimensions useful to understand communication in science. <br />The preliminary framework was developed through a review of the literature and preliminary analysis of social computing tools in use in science.<br />Courtesy Storm Crypt cc-by-nc-ndhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/21366409@N00/3040587311/<br />Testing and improving the framework<br />Two in-depth case studies of two specific social computing technologies used in geosciences.<br /><ul><li>Interviews with participants and non-participants
  2. 2. Content analysis
  3. 3. Participant observation</li></ul>For additional information<br />cpikas@umd.edu<br />The poster will be posted to http://www.slideshare.net/cpikas.Updates on the study will be posted to twitter (@cpikas) and my blog at http://scientopia.org/blogs/christinaslisrant.<br />Courtesy WSDOT cc by-nc-ndhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/7821771@N05/4008614741/<br />Courtesy kevinzim cc by http://www.flickr.com/photos/86624586@N00/10199206<br />