Hashtags for the researcherPosted: February 29, 2016 | |
— Jessamy Gleeson (@jessamy_sesame) October 28, 2015
Hashtags are the way topics and conversations are grouped on Twitter and other social networks. But they have a history longer than the digital age.
Keith Houston, in his blog Shady Characters, traced the hashtag back to the fourteenth century when medieval monk-scribes abbreviated the the Latin term libra pondo as ℔ (with a line through it). This eventually became the familiar # for convenience. From there the symbol took on a multitude of uses including coding in some early programming languages, labeling of IRC channels and as a button on 1960’s telephones.
According to research, Twitter is becoming an integral avenue for researchers to explore their disciplines, engage with each other and share their work. Check out these researcher themed hashtags on Twitter:
- #FigureClub for sharing graphs, charts and everything info-graphical. Explore #SciArt for the conceptual, imaginative and downright cool with a scientific bent.
- #PhDchat, #ECRchat, #gradschoolproblems, #PhDlife and #PhDlyf to air the highs and the lows of researcher life, talk successes, get advice and generally engage with peers facing the same challenges
- Track the impact of the open movement on science at #OpenScience. Researchers are using #OpenData to share their data and allow others to build on their research. The related movement #CitizenScience engages community with the research sector.
- The written word is the preferred weapon of the scholar and #AcWri provides a host of resources and help on academic writing skills.
- #ScholarSunday is a way for scholars to share the interesting people they follow.
- Keep current with news from the higher education sector with #UniversityNews, #HigherEdForum, #HigherEdChat and #Academia.
- Researchers can share their research with the world via the plain #research and #science, as well as sharing with each other with #researchforum, #researchchat and #researchspotlight.
For further information on increasing your impact with the use of various social media, the library offers the HDR workshop “Build and leverage your research profile”. Discipline Librarians can also offer advice on the effective use of social media in connecting with other researchers.
Did you know that Griffith University will often include the #griffithlibrary when talking about our own research?