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  • Brian Kelly 6:34 pm on June 23, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    UKOLN’s Twitter Heartbeat 

    At yesterday’s DevCSI a11yhack event I rediscovered the Twitter StreamGraphs service and used it to document the ‘heartbeat’ created by Twitter users at the event. Today I used the tool to provide a timeline for tweets containing “UKOLN”. What I found was a heartbeat which seems to be based on three events: the DevCSI #a11yhack event; the #oai7 event and the DCC Roadshow in Glasgow.

    It might be interesting to produce such visualisations over time.

  • Brian Kelly 9:27 pm on June 22, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Thoughts on a Twitter Framework for Events 

    Whilst attending the DevCSI A11y Hack event I had an opportunity to try out various Twitter curation and aggregation tools in order to better understand how Twitter was being used by participants at the event (which had a #a11yhack tag) and by others with an interest in the content of the event. It struck me that as well as the event organisers having an interest in ways of monitoring impact and outreach using such approaches (as well as being able to provide timely interventions in case it is noticed that things are going wrong), the participants themselves may also have similar interests in helping to reflect on the events, the discussions, the resources shared, the community interaction and growth, etc.

    A Twitter framework for events would probably need the following components:

    • Information on the role of Twitter in supporting events
    • Details on the possible beneficiaries
    • Coining an event hastags (name, announcements, etc,)
    • Archiving processes
    • Realtime analyses
    • Subsequent analyses.


  • Brian Kelly 7:42 pm on June 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Tweets I (and Others) Have Favourited 

    Jo Brodie (@JoBrodie) introduced me to the Favstar service. So now I can  see the Twitter users I have favourited most and the users who have favourited my tweets the most.


  • Brian Kelly 6:56 pm on June 20, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    TweetTree and TweetKnot 

    Via a couple of tweets from @JoBrodie I was alerted to two new Twitter services: TweetTree and TweetKnot. Looking at my TweetTree details I can see a threaded view of tweets and expansions of links to resources. TweetKnot provides “a Community of Twitter users who [can] share common interest and use this as platform to share the short messages across them. Every member of community can send the message to all other members of the community“.

  • Brian Kelly 4:21 pm on June 19, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Blog Views Up By 300%! 

    Views of this blog are up by over 300% compared with May – and its still only the middle of June! However the percentages are misleading since the views have only increased from 10 to 41.  However it does should that since the block on Google indexing this site was removed on 31 May that people are now finding the site via Google.

  • Brian Kelly 4:19 pm on June 18, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Whose metadata is it, anyway? 

    Back in May 2010 David Cameron in a letter to Government departments described plans for opening up Government data in order to provide greater accountability; value for money in public spending and realise economic benefits for business.

    It might be argued that the New Labour government could well have outlined similar plans when in came into power in May 1997, although back then the technical infrastructure wasn’t in place to allow easy access to such data.  The point being that providing open access to research publications and data predates the arrival of the current government and we should avoid implementing such openness due to disagreements with government policies and funding cuts.

    In HE what should we be doing?  I’d like to make the following suggestions in two areas of interest to me:

    • Open access to metrics on use of online services such as institutional repositories
    • Open access to metadata used in institutional repositories, allowing commercial exploitation of such metadata.

    I’ve discussed reasons for the first proposal in a blog post.  The second areas was discussed on Twitter last night with Chris Keene providing a link to the OpenDOAR registry of IRs. There seem to be several policy statements of the form:

    Metadata re-use policy explicitly undefined; Full data item policies explicity undefined; Content policies explicitly undefined; Submission policies explicitly undefined; Preservation policies explicitly undefined

    whilst others say:

    Metadata re-use permitted for not-for-profit purposes;

    It seems that despite libraries seeming to be promoting the benefits of open access to research papers there is an apparent failure to promote open data.

    The Open Knowledge Foundation blog has recently published a post on4 Stars for Metadata: an Open Ranking System for Library, Archive, and Museum Collection Metadata“. The post states that:

    As the word “open” implies, the Linked Open Data approach requires that data be published under a license or other legal tool that allows everyone to freely use and reuse the data.

    Irrespective of the possible benefits of Linked Data I agree with the need to make metadata more open than it currently is. I feel that a first step should be to audit the existing status of metadata policies in repositories listed in OpenDOAR. What percentage, I wonder, currently allow for commercial reuse?

    Once there’s an understanding of the scale for those who wish to promote a change towards greater openness there will be a need to discuss change control strategies. Is it legally possibly to change existing licence conditions? Whose metadata is it, anyway?






  • Brian Kelly 12:04 pm on June 17, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Measure Metrics for a Twitter Campaign – the #LoveHE Campaign 

    This week sees UK Universities taking part in Universities Week: “a national campaign demonstrating the benefits of universities within UK society“.

    Today there is a ’24 hour Twitter marathon’ in which Universities from across the UK are taking part. The aim is to tweet about the research, work or volunteering you are doing and how it impacts on people outside the University. Contributors to the campaign have been encouraged to tag tweets on the day with the hashtags #UniWeek and #UniofBath.

    But how does one measure the effectiveness of such campaigns?  In order to ensure that data was available I created TwapperKeeper archives for the #UniWeek and #UniofBath hashtag so that statistics for use of the #UniWeek and #UniofBath tags can be obtained using the Summarizr service.

    This isn’t the first such Twitter campaign to take place in the UK HE service – sometime ago the Time High Education launched its #LoveHE campaign. I created the #LoveHE TwapperKeeper archive in July 2010 (after the launch of the campaign). According to the Summarizr statistics since that date there have been at least 10,000 tweets sent conating this tag (this is only a partial summary). The following additional statistics (recorded at noon on 17 June 2011) are available:

    Total twitterers: 4116
    Total hashtags tweeted: 1479
    Total URLs tweeted: 1967

    The top 10 Twitterers have posted over 100 tweets each:

     khephir (331)

     NHJ_HE (300)

     symphily (267)

     timeshighered (186)

     MarioCreatura (180)

     glhunt31 (152)

     Chr1sR0berts (143)

     professor_dave (127)

     CliveBuckley (116)

     theNHJ (109)

    and the following URLs have been tweeted the most:

    I wonder how the #UniWeek campaign will compare?

  • Brian Kelly 6:11 pm on June 16, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Seeing My Google Contacts in a Google Search 

    In a Google search for I noticed that one of the search results included the following:

    Aaron Tay Aaron Tay shared this on – 21 May 2011

    Hovering on Aaron Tay’s name I find that “You are connected to Aaron Tay on GMail” and clicking on the name takes me to Aaron Tay’s Google profile.  Thoughts:

    • Need to brand my own Google profile as Aaron has done.
    • Possible importance of personal recommendation via Google search.


  • Brian Kelly 1:34 pm on June 16, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    You’ve published a paper written an article or… 

    You’ve published a paper, written an article or launched a new Web site. So you wish to promote it. But how do you know if people are accessing the resource and what they may be saying?  If you own the Web site you may have access to the usage statistics – but if the resources is hosted elsewhere it might not be easy to access usage statistics.  And finding out what people may be saying does appear to be difficult.

    Using Twitter, however, it may be possible to get some partial answers. Earlier today an article of mine on entitled “Openness should ‘go deep’” was published in Research Information and, as illustrated, was featured on the home page of the magazine. However I have no access to the statistics for the magazine (which will probably be commercially confidential).

    However JISC, who invited me to write the article (and who supported the writing of the article) sent a tweet when the article was published:

    Go beyond open access, Brian Kelly of JISC-funded @UKWebFocus challenges universities

    It should be noted that the link to the article was provided using the link shortener.  This service also provides usage statistics which can be viewed by simply appending + to the URL. So clicking on and then looking at the full range of statistics for all links which point to the same resource I find that  54 click to the resource since the URL was first minted 3.5 hours ago.  In addition to the statistics (which includes details of the client used, location, etc.) the page also gives detail of the tweets which contains the link:

    I can’t help but feel that when new services are published there should be an attempt at monitoring the initial impact using this type of approach.

  • Brian Kelly 9:59 am on June 15, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Brian Kelly: This is Your (Twitter) Life! 

    Tony Hirst recently published a blog post about an analysis of how Twitter community (see and volunteered to carry out similar surveys from others (provided they made a donation to a charity.

    Here are the findings for my Twitter account:

    An annotated version is given below:

    Note that Tony added the labels to the map – and has done an accurate job of that, I feel.  Hmm, so does the Spanish followers provide an indication of the impact of last years trip to Catalonia and the Basque Country, I wonder?

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