Learning to Share: Has the rise of social media changed the way we think about sharing our research data?

Today, we routinely share information about ourselves and our work in ways that would have been unthinkable even ten years ago. The rise of the Web, and in particular social media, has not only altered how we share information, but the whole ethos of what we share and why. The current debate in publication over open access, and requirements for the archiving of data by funders, is further shifting the question of whether to share our data from ‘Why should I?’ to ‘Why haven’t you?’. Making this change may seem like a natural transition within best practice, but we are still a long way from this being standard within cultural heritage. What are the continued obstacles to sharing our data? What are the benefits? Will many of the obstacles disappear when the generation who grew up with social media are in charge? Please join Holly Wright, Julian Richards and Sara Perry in York, and Hugh Corley, Chris Phethean and Will Fyson in Southampton for a participatory discussion about the importance of sharing our data, and the changing face of sharing within cultural heritage.

Hugh Corley is Archaeological Information Systems Manager at English Heritage.

Holly Wright is European Projects Manager at the Archaeology Data Service (ADS). The ADS supports research, learning and teaching with freely available, high quality and dependable digital resources.

Julian Richards is Director of the ADS, Director of York’s Centre for Digital Heritage, and Director of the White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities.

Sara Perry is Director of Studies of Digital Heritage at the University of York

Will Fyson is a third year Web Science PhD student studying at the University of Southampton Web Science Doctoral Training Centre. Will is based in chemistry where he is looking into how we might encourage researchers to share more of their research outputs, with the aim of achieving more open scholarly discourse.

Chris Phethean is a third-year PhD research candidate in the Web Science Centre for Doctoral Training at the University of Southampton, interested primarily in social media and understanding its value and benefits for charitable organisations.

Admission: Free & open to all. Join us for wine at 5.15pm, with talk beginning at 5.30pm. This is a YOHRS (York Heritage Research Seminars) event livestreamed through http://www.youtube.com/drsaraperry