Research projects and individual researchers in all disciplines are exploring new modes of scholarly communication in order to engage a wider audience, obtain developmental impact, boost visibility, meet funder requirements, and maximise the return on research investment. Added to this, new trends around communicating a broad range of artefacts from the research process are playing an important role in fostering collaboration and professionalising different aspects of the overall research lifecycle. In short, the publishing or dissemination process can no longer be left solely to formal publishers and there is a need to develop internal capacity in order to engage more optimally with communication activity. This can be daunting for researchers who lack the time and expertise to engage meaningfully with this area of work.
This 2-hour webinar on June 30th will present a five-step model that can be applied by individual researchers or projects who wish to improve their international footprint and make the outputs of their work more visibile and available for use. Focusing on the curation, “packaging”, and dissemination of research, the discussion will pay particular attention to the needs of developing-country researchers who are working in diverse, multilingual, resource-constrained contexts
Why Science Communication?
This webinar is for researchers, librarians, publishers, academics – anyone involved in making research easily understood.
Research projects and individual researchers in all disciplines are exploring new modes of scholarly communication in order to
- engage a wider audience
- obtain developmental impact
- boost visibility
- meet funder requirements
- maximise the return on research investment.
This 2-hour webinar will present a five-step model that can be applied by individual researchers or projects who wish to improve their international footprint and make the outputs of their work more visible and available for use
Michelle Willmers has a background in academic and scholarly publishing and has worked as a consultant and institutional project manager in scholarly communication, with a focus on the African and developing country context, since 2008. She was a senior team member in the University of Cape Town Open Educational Resources initiative and Programme Manager of the Scholarly Communication in Africa Programme. She is currently the Curation and Dissemination Manager of the Global South Research on Open Educational Resources for Development (ROER4D) project.
The 2-hour webinar will address the following topics:
(1) Strategic approach in terms of
-stakeholder analysis, and
-contractual /grant framework.
(2) The curation process, with an introduction to Intellectual Property/copyright component, repositories, use of Colaboratorio, and metadata.
(3) Packaging research, mostly with a focus on editorial/language considerations and utilising different research products for different purpose.
(4) Dissemination, identifying channels, utilising repository and Colaboratorio infrastructure, self-publishing, and establishing a conversation around your research.
(5) Tracking usage and reporting.
Participants will be equipped with a variety of approaches to communicate the outputs of their work in more visible and available ways to various audiences
(e.g policy makers, stakeholders, funders, and media)