The digital scholar

I couldn’t sleep last night, so I opened up my computer. That’s guaranteed not to help me sleep, of course. But the work of a digital scholar is never done.

I checked Twitter while my Outlook inbox was updating. It’s interesting how these two digital tools work in concert. Twitter is ephemeral and invites quick scans. Email, it turns out, slows me down. And, since email also takes longer to load, I usually start my day checking Twitter first.

Today, I hit on a tweet by Mark Carrigan (@mark_carrigan) to this post on the Sociological Imagination blog. It’s worth reading in its own right, but it also led me to look up Martin Weller’s (@mweller) book The Digital Scholar, which is available to read free here, and which is related to this blog. I’ve just started to read it, but there’s something approaching a phenomenology of digital scholarship going on there. I’ll be interested to compare it with Kathleen Fitzpatrick’s (@kfitz) Planned Obsolescence, which also has an associated blog. I wonder how much each of them are having similar thoughts to mine. It’s interesting to be able to discover community in the digital realm. I even doubt that the ease of communication these days (in the sense of Bataille’s ‘weak communication’) interferes with the sort of communication (in the sense of Bataille’s ‘strong communication’) that makes community possible.

As I was flitting back and forth between email, this post, and twitter, Mark Carrigan tweeted something about the difference between blogs and physical notebooks. I think he’s right that there’s a difference. I also think one can still use blogs much as one used notebooks in the past. I’m doing so here. But I’ll also publish this post so others can add their thoughts to mine.

On being tweeted to the top

Our results show that scientists who interacted more frequently with journalists had higher h-indices, as did scientists whose work was mentioned on Twitter. Interestingly, however, our data also showed an amplification effect. Furthermore, interactions with journalists had a significantly higher impact on h-index for those scientists who were also mentioned on the micro-blogging platform than for those who were not, suggesting that social media can further amplify the impact of more traditional outlets.

via Opinion: Tweeting to the Top | The Scientist Magazine®.

I’m surprised there’s no mention of altmetrics in this piece. Results are relevant for altmetrics, though. Hoping they’ve published the study in more detail somewhere so I can check it out.

In any case, this is a quick and thought-provoking read — though it appears that it’s more about being tweeted to the top than tweeting to the top (two are interestingly related, however, I suspect).